I do have an aftermarket transfer sheet, but I can't put my hand on it for the moment! Plan B is the kit decals................
X 2 of these.
Canopies to HB usual standard - crystal clear & wrapped in foam.
Now, the main airframe - this is in 1/48 scale,
2 pieces, top & bottom!
A few detail shots
It's not quick assembly in the HB 1/72 style, but a vastly reduced part count, that does need glue to keep it together.
Two decal versions, one Olive Drab over natural metal, the other nm overall.
I'm sure that the model is simplified, but looks detailed enough for my taste!
I've been away from my bench for a while - laid low with sinusitis. Now that my head has cleared, and the ten day headache has gone, I'm going to return to building. - I just don't feel like picking up an existing build, so I'm going to make a start on this. I still can't find my aftermarket decal sheet, so I think I'll go for the Olive Drab over silver, rather than overall silver.
Construction will start shortly.......................
The fifteen cockpit parts, ready for clean up.......................
And after assembly ( the sides & yoke are only dry fitted )
There is a decal for the instrument panel - a bit of detail painting & washes should work well. Missing is the clear gunsight that mounts on the long bracket above the yoke. That will be added later.
No seatbelts - a pity, as the seat will be visible through the crystal clear canopy - I'll have to make some up. I was going to fit a pilot, but the only one I could find was clearly grasping a joystick, and hands nowhere near the yoke!
There is no mention of weight addition, to prevent tail sitting, but there's plenty of room in the nose, I'll see how that pans out............
Just had a brainwave: the Eduard PE set for my Mossie has seatbelts - but the kit has two rather splendid RAF types as crew, so I won't be needing those belts - OK, they're the wrong spec, but better than anything I can cobble together!
This looks a bit bright at the moment - but it'll tone down with varnish oversprays.
The upper surfaces are Olive Drab - with a wavy hard demarcation line with the silver. I'm going to use masking fluid to protect the silver, before spraying the OD - I could brush paint it, I want to try the masking fluid over a large surface.
OK, that didn't go as well as I hoped.............................
I applied the masking fluid, with a brush, to the undersides, making a smooth line between olive drab & slilver. After letting the fluid dry for a couple of hours, I sprayed the uppersurfaces with Hataka A018 US Olive Drab - which went on nicely.
I let this dry for a few hours, then started to peel off the mask. Sadly, instead of leaving a smooth line, the masking took off small bits of the olive drab.................
I got the demarcation line in just about the right place, as you cant see ( much ) OD from below.
I think that the dried OD paint is a little flexible ( like a skin ), and the removal of the mask is just enough to take small bits off.
I'll have to resort to the hairy stick to clean up the edges.
It was an experiment, to see if the fluid would be an easier way to do the split, and it didn't really work. I should have gone with my first thought - brush painting the demarcation line, then filling in with the airbrush!
Using the masking fluid on small areas, like cockpit canopies, works, but with the acrylic paint, it's problematical!