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  1. Here is my latest venture...the Heller kit of the Curtiss Helldiver, SBC-4, in French livery. I had to cobble a few things together to make it work, but I was happy with it in the end. Most importantly, I used this kit as a jumping-off point for my very first airbrushing attempt! I don't think I did too poorly, but I do need a lot more practice before I tackle any of my more intricate and/or expensive kits, like an Eduard Avia B.534 or a Special Hobby Boomerang...I am still fighting with paints (Tamiya is my first choice here) and I am convinced that Vallejo Model Colours do not spray well. In any case...Paints on this were Tamiya Royal Light Grey, Light Blue and RAF Dark Green 2, some Dark Grey Vallejo, and oil paint pin wash following the satin varnish, and a few choice rusty spots with a light rust wash...Decals are from the spares bag and, yes, they are a trifle too large for this. I could not find small French roundels and the kit sheet was so yellow with age...Tailplane is hand-painted. The kit was straightforward--watch that spindly landing gear! I had to fix it twice while rigging. Rigging is Ethicon stainless steel for the interplane double lines, sprue for the cabanes and EZ-Line for the radio antennae. Is that it...? One note...my airbrush came with three needles... .3mm, .5mm and .8mm I assumed that the .3mm was in the gun when I sprayed. No. It was the .5mm. So I have now changed it out and I predict better brushing for this small scale in the future. Thanks!
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