Jim R's Airfix 1/72 Mosquito B.XVI in Israel service

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Very nice indeed Jim :smiling3:
You lot are certainly making me wanna plunge into my one ;)
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Jim

Good to see some primer on. I'd head about the wheel well masks in reviews and builds - a great idea.

ATB.

Andrew.

Ps.... No idea how 'alabaster' appeared in my previous post..... No idea..... And no idea what I meant either...... I'm blaming my phone!! ;)
 

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Geoff, Mick, Andy and Andrew - thanks for your positive posts. They sure do make a difference. :thumb2:

After much masking, spraying, remasking, more spraying and rather a lot of rude words we are here. Red tail and identification stripes. Yellow and red first ....
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..... and then the black stripes
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Tail and stripes will be masked and then the metallic overall.
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Looking good.
What are you going to use for the silver dope?
 

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Hi all
Ian - I will use Vallejo Metal Color. Maybe not quite as good as Alclad but for a water based metallic it's very good. Also I don't need a 'good' finish.

I masked up all the identification stripes and the red on the tail. I wanted the overall metallic finish to be a bit weathered and faded but thought that a black pre-shade might be a bit over the top. I have used the Vallejo Metal Color Dark Aluminium in patches, hopefully when I give an overall coat of Aluminium the darker shade will show through and break up the finish. Hopefully my airbrush skills will be good enough not to obliterate the darker colour completely. My record with successful pre-shades is not good :rolling:

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I also base coated the props.
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Great paintwork there Jim :smiling3:
I love the stripes on the wings.... very striking indeed....
What with the red on the tail plane this is going to be a real eye catcher ;)
 

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Jim,
That is looking very nice indeed. It does look like they have engineered a good fitting kit.
 

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Wow Jimbo!!! The stripes and paint job look fantastic Sir, but the props are so cool to my eyes!!! This will be a stand out when it's finished Jim!!!

Prost
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Jim,

That's coming on very nicely indeed. Very well done.

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A good scheme indeed but I would not be to metallic in the finishes.
Remember it was a wooden airframe covered with cloth and painted with dope... no not that kind of dope!
In this case in a colour called speed silver I believe a matt white Aluminium colour.
 
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It’s looking great Jim :thumb2:

It is on course to be a real stunner when finished.

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Beautiful work so far Jim. I agree with Geoff this promises to be a real stunning model once complete.
Keep up the great work
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Looking very nice jim, the masked stripes are excellently done. Cheers tony
 

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Once again all your kind comments are greatly appreciated.
Ian - you're quite right. A metallic looking paint rather than actual metal. Thanks for that :thumb2:

The aftermarket decals went on a treat. They really were some of the best I've come across and I only lightly glossed the areas where they went.
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You can't tell the painted stripes from the decals
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I then airbrushed a satin varnish coat to seal the decals and removed the masking.
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I was really quite pleased.

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You have every right to be pleased with that mate. It's a cracking result.
 
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