By Brett Green
The airplane modeling pastime has gone through dramatic adjustments within the final ten years. New production applied sciences and the increase of China have mixed to make this a golden age when it comes to the range and availability of types. yet those developments may also make the pastime intimidating for these beginning out. during this re-creation in Osprey's Masterclass sequence, Brett eco-friendly describes the kits, add-ons, decals and references which are now on hand and demonstrates a wide selection of paint forms, thinners and alertness tools in either phrases and photographs. He additionally covers portray results comparable to mottling, soft-edged camouflage demarcation, protecting and weathering. this is often the ideal booklet for the newbie and the pro modeler alike.
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If the surface of the plastic is less than completely perfect, the metallic paint job will amplify any blemishes. Alclad II is a recent range of metallic lacquers that does not require thinning or any protective coating. A very wide selection of metallic shades is available in the Alclad II range. In addition to raw metallics, Alclad also offers various tints and primer coats. Alclad II delivers a very thin coat on the surface of the model. Combined with its metallic sheen, this means that even the tiniest imperfection on the surface of the model will be amplified to horrifying proportions.
This leaves a noticeable gap between the front of the aileron and the wing, but this is not uncommon on many aircraft. • A little sanding was required to improve the fit of the wing tips, but the result was quite good. • I cut off the mysterious raised fasteners on the fuselage in front of the cockpit. With the surgery performed, the fit is very good. Tamiya Extra Thin Liquid Cement was used. This is a strong and fast drying adhesive that can be applied to closed seam lines. The cement is so thin that capillary action draws it into microscopic gaps.
Once the primer coat has been applied, the model should once again be polished and checked for any lingering flaws. After these have been dealt with, we are ready for the first metallic coat. In this case I commenced with Alclad Aluminium Shade A. A fine, misting coat is plenty to start with, and the nozzle of the airbrush should be fairly close to the surface of the plastic – no more than about 10cm away. Alclad dries very quickly when applied properly, so the model will be ready for the fine second coat almost without pause.
Aircraft Modelling (Modelling Masterclass) by Brett Green