Painting advice

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Painting advice

Joined: January 24th, 2006, 4:49 pm

June 19th, 2008, 11:59 am #1

hi everyone.

I am looking for some advice on finishing my Autoblinda AB41.

I fancied going for one the exotic "giraffe" type colour schemes and was wondering on how everyone would approach this, masking, freehand etc?

My initial idea was to spray a base colour mask, spray the secondary darker colour then freehand paint the demarcation lines.

Any ideas or advice greatly apreciated.

Andy
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Joined: February 22nd, 2001, 4:07 am

June 19th, 2008, 1:34 pm #2

Given that in actuality, it was applied free hand with an air gun, I think you have no options other than what you've proposed. Just keep the pressure very low (8-10 PSI) and the paint very thin. Keep regularly daubing the nozzle of your airbrush to clean out any build up.

You get a sense of what 1/72 aircraft builders must contend with on most builds!

I have a P-40 Medium almost done too. It'll have that same scheme you're using. Best of luck to you.

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Joined: January 24th, 2006, 4:49 pm

June 19th, 2008, 2:42 pm #3

Thanks for the reply Roy, what do you use as a mask? I was thinking of using masking film having never tried the silly putty way of masking before it kinda frightend me off. Especially as i have a fair bit of etch on the model?

I pity you aircraft modellers out there if you have to go through this on a regular basis, give me a soft edge ambush scheme or a single colour finish any day

Andy
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June 19th, 2008, 3:42 pm #4

Do everything freehand Andy. For the trouble of protecting versus a little bit of overspray, the time it would take to mask it isn't worth it. Just keep a steady hand and keep the spray very tight.

My formula is:

8-10PSI
acrylics thinned about 50/50
airbrush nozzle about one inch from surface
and lots of patience!


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