Jakko’s Revell Spad XIII C-1

Jakko

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This is as far as you can get with the paint provided in the kit, used straight:

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I tried mixing the two colours to make the other green, but it came out too dark:

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You can just see the demarcation between the two greens on the fuselage, but it’s not clear enough. This was about 2:1 of green to dark earth, so I’ll try again with closer to 1:1 mix. The dark earth is rather stronger than the green, though, so I have a feeling it will be difficult to get something that looks green but lighter than the one supplied with the kit.
 

Jakko

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I mixed up a lighter shade of green and repainted the bits that were too dark, then also used the dark earth to paint the struts, the propeller and the exhaust pipes:

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That’s really as far as you can get, paint-wise. I had the idea to see if I could make black or dark grey paint using a method @John Race probably approves of: setting fire to some of the model’s cardboard backing and mixing the dark ash into the paint. However, this produces nothing but gritty paint without changing its colour :sad:

Rather than applying the black, then, I went on to add the decals:

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The decals adhering to the bare plastic is a pleasant surprise — in my youth, only Matchbox decals did that, and Revell’s especially had the bad habit of 1) letting go once dry, and 2) silvering very badly.

And that’s pretty much it. There’s little I think I can still do to this model with on,ly what was in the kit.
 
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