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So the last couple of days have been all about the paint! I am using Colourcoats enamels for the RLM 61/62/63 camouflage pattern. Gaspatch provides masks in both vinyl and Tamiya type tape. I have both but went with the tape version as the vinyl had already shown evidence of shrinkage. Using the instruction painting guide I numbered all the individual pieces with their respective RLM numbers. The actual tape pieces are a tad oversized for the build, allowing some wriggle room I guess. The underside RLM 65 was masked off, including under the cowl with some creative taping with circles cut using my Waldron tool. I pondered over where to start the masking, reasoning a definitive line was needed to ensure overall accuracy and compliance. Starting from the tail/rudder edge as a reference the entire fuselage was masked and the RLM 62 pieces then weeded out and retained for future use. The upper wing was commenced at the central point and worked out to both sides. The paint was applied and will be left to dry for about hours. I did not do the cowling nor windscreen at this time as they will be done at a later point. The astute amongst you may note the landing gear has been removed from the previous update for painting. I did so to make life easier for masking.

 

Regards,

Kent

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I would have gone a similar way like you did with the masking, using the Kabuki ones, applying them after a coat of the first camo color. Naturally you get some areas with two color coats, that's why I would skip pre shading and do all modulation work afterwards.
Like your approach, I like to spray more complicated patterns without too many details added to the build.
What you did looks very convincing and I'm eager to see how your build progresses.

Cheers Rob 

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18 minutes ago, DocRob said:

I would have gone a similar way like you did with the masking, using the Kabuki ones, applying them after a coat of the first camo color. Naturally you get some areas with two color coats, that's why I would skip pre shading and do all modulation work afterwards.
Like your approach, I like to spray more complicated patterns without too many details added to the build.
What you did looks very convincing and I'm eager to see how your build progresses.

Cheers Rob 

Thanks Rob,

It is a departure from my normal procedure (painting at the end, sort of). This is only the second multi wing aircraft I have built so still lots to learn! I thought long and hard about the way to do this. I had several different progressions, this plan was not the first but I think I have made it easier for myself (but it is only my approach). This way there will be minimal paint coats that build up. At this stage, I plan to attach the engine and then build the cowling around it, mask and paint.

Attaching the wheels earlier was a mistake and I was happy I get get them off without damaging them or the paint. Dry fitting the horizontal stabs shows a little gappage but hopefully some finagling will close those off.

Thanks for looking and regards,

Kent

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Thanks guys,

So today saw the RLM 62 masks reapplied and the RLM 61 laid down. Tedious work but resulted in a 98% happiness rating. Some small misalignment issues and a case of forgetting to paint an upper wing section but overall a good result. I used some small pieces of tissue wrapped around the MG barrels and held in place with a drop of water to mask the barrels during the RLM 61 application. Again this will set up for a day (it is raining quite hard here) and then some touch ups.

 

Regards,

Kent

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Welcome back and thank you.

So after touching up the camouflage, I decided to paint the white markings. Once these were done I couldn’t resist a dry fit of the upper wing. The fit is, again, excellent and gives me an idea of the look of the finished product. The Brassin bombs were painted Humbrol RLM 71 and the chrome pieces had a dose of Molotow pen. Next up is the RLM 70 for the wings and rear stabilisers leading edges.

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Thanks guys!

More masking mayhem! Time to add the RLM 70 to the leading edges. The support struts and lower wing seem to have a softer demarcation, so these were masked and blue tak used for the front pieces. The upper wing and stabs were hard edged. The prop was finished after filling some sink holes on either side which were slap bang in the middle. Dry fitted the prop. Next up comes final painting touch ups before we get down to decals!

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Thanks all,

So decals are complete. I botched the “Junkers” logo on the prop so it goes without! The Gaspatch decals worked flawlessly with Mr Mark Setter/Softer (except the aforementioned logos). The rear stabs are now fully attached and the upper wing just dry fit for practice. There are some touch ups with RLM65 to be done here and there. Some new bomb sway braces to replace some broken ones (4 in fact-that will teach me to attach danglies too early!).
Next up washes and weathering.

Happy New Year,

Kent

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Very nice progress, this edgy style splinter camo has a nice contrast to the rounded shapes of the Henschel. What I see is mouthwatering, I can't wait to start mine.

Cheers Rob

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Kent

Just love it when a build reaches this stage of completion and it's weathering and washes time, as the impact of the build is there to appreciate. Beautiful work - paint and decals are superb. Hoping you keep the weathering on the light side.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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The cowling is on but not without a small struggle (self induced). To fit the cowling you will need to sand the tops of the cylinder heads slightly to allow them to seat into the cowling bumps. It was a case of sand test fit, finagle, sand some more. I got most of the cowlings with a snug fit but a couple remained a little gappy. The end result here is not bad but better than V1.0!

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I got a bit sidetracked with another project (first time you’ve heard that right?). The Hs123 is ready for washes, just going to pause it for a while longer to get over the hump on this Airfix Ju87B-1 for an upcoming club contest.

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