I masked off the part of the fuselage sides to get a clean dividion between wings and fuselage and then freehand sprayed the upper wing camo, I am very please with the result and tonight will remove the masking and do a little bit of touching up before addressing some of the detail.
I have now sprayed around the exhaust and the red band.
Having done some detail painting I have positioned some pieces of tape to help position. The major decals.
As it helps to keep the water warm while decalling I use a cup warmer
Decals done and Mr Mark Softer applied.
The decals went down perfectly. I remember from the Skyraider just how good the ZM decals are. These are just about the best i have used, hence not bothering with masks.
Anyway after allowing some decal solution to dry thoroughly and a wipe down with a damp cloth I have applied two thin MRP gloss coats. So here she is awaiting a panel line wash which I will do tomorrow followed by the first matt coat.
After applying the first matt coat I did some weathering with silver pencil, metal powders, pigments and AKI Brown Wash. This shows up best on the underside.
Smoke, oil streaks, chipping ect
Followed by the underside 'final fittings'
Remember the wing tip lights, those small clear parts that pinged of into the ether...
Well this is how I resolved that.
The holes were partly filles and I dropped some red and green paint into them.
I then got this stuff out...
I do not have much left and I have no idea where to get more (any ideas anyone?) I placed a drop in the tray and used a cocktail stick to place a drop in each light hole. I made sure it was slightly 'proud' and then cured it with the pen-light.
Instead of my usual EZ-Line I used fishing line for the aerial as I am positioning the pit open and it needs to 'hang-loose'. I superglued it into holes that I drilled before painting.
I did really enjoy this build, a kit not without issues and one not for beginners but ZM certainly justify their reputation as a 'high-end' company. I will be building more of there kits, the Raiden is in the stash and they have two more very interesting releases of Japanese and Luftwaffe aircraft.