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Army_Air_Force

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  1. An alternative plan was some decals film, sprayed red and green. I'll have an experiment with these first, cut to suit each fin. The fuselage underside was also sprayed silver today and has been left to harden.
  2. Wing registration looks ok. I was in two minds about printing the green/red fin bands. I'm not sure the fins are exactly the same size or aerofoil section and don't want the decals on one side to look different to the other. The markings are also on the outside and inside of the fins. Six to print, possibly all a little different? Registration looks fine.
  3. The TAP initials are about the right size, but need to be applied a fraction higher. TRANSPORTES AEREOS PORTUGUESES could do with being a fraction longer. On the original image I have, the words are the same length of the windows.
  4. Over the past few days, I've been tinkering on the laptop, sorting out the graphics for the decals. This is a paper test print to check the sizes of the print outs against the model. The winged bird logo.
  5. It's grey cellulose primer. The wood had already been varnished as supplied, so was sealed to some extent.
  6. The glare panel ahead of the pilots completed the painting on the nose. Just the silver underside to do on the fuselage now. Last job of the afternoon was those de-icer boots on the tips of the tailplanes.
  7. Masking the de-icer boots on the tailplane and fins was fiddly. It took a few goes to get there and due to the amount of additional masking needed to prevent overspray, I just brush painted the boots. The small boots of the tailplane tips were left off at this stage and would be painted freehand due to how small the amount of tailplane there was to mask. By this time the nose had dried enough to remove the masking. Another good result.
  8. The nose radome came next. The rest of the fuselage was masked off with clingfilm. The red cheat line was rubbed down a little where it extended into the black nose. The nose was sprayed in multiple layers again and then left for a while to harden.
  9. I hadn't been looking forwards to this job - masking the cockpit windows! The shape of the carved wood was odd and not symmetrical and that was going to make masking up some even looking windows difficult. The frames were only around 1mm wide, so the masking tape was cut stuck to a piece of 6mm acrylic sheet and cut into thin strips. The top and bottom frames were masked with two pieces of tape, one cut to a convex curve while the other was concave. The 1mm frame strips were applied and everything burnished down gently. I sprayed them with multiple thin coats to minimise the chance of bleeding. The rest of the nose would be masked and sprayed in stages as it was going to be easier that way. After a while to dry ( about a coffee break long ) the masking was removed. I was quite pleased to see the result without the tape.
  10. I normally wipe out excess paint, pour some thinners in, give it a swill around with a soft brush, down into the needle feed, then tip that out into tissue. I then half fill the cup and spray that clean thinners through the nozzle until it comes through clean. When I'm finished for the day, I'll often strip the airbrush and clean all the parts, depending on how much spraying I've been doing. Don't leave rubber parts soaking in Cellulose or standard thinners, as they swell up if left to soak for a time. They will return to normal however!
  11. I forgot to mention, some of my projects are bigger than others, so I tend to use more thinners than most modellers!
  12. Watching with interest. Always had a soft spot for the Valetta. My local one, Valetta C2 VX577 was destroyed in an arson attack in January 1997 ( https://neam.co.uk/valetta.html )
  13. I've used Cellulose or Standard thinners to thin Humbrol enamels and Tamiya Acrylics for years, in addition to always using it to wash out my brushes and airbrushes. My last buy was 20 litres online from a car parts supplier!
  14. I always find unmasking an aircraft very satisfying. Many, many years ago, I worked at a light aviation maintenance company at Newcastle Airport. We did a few resprays of fullsize light aircraft and there was always a buzz in the hangar when it was time to remove the masking! Cabin windows complete! Next session, the cockpit glass and nose, then the silver underside.
  15. With the sides of each window masked, the tape over the window could be removed and then the rest of the fuselage was masked up ready for spraying. The picture below shows the masking before a gentle burnish down. Several light coats of black were sprayed for the windows and before long, it was time to peel away the masking.
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