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Finally managed to get a finish! :banghead:

 

Here's my version of Eduard's excellent spitfire Mk VIII, this was build straight out of the box from their weekend boxing, the only extra I used was a set of their own masks (I wish they would include these in all their kits :frantic:). I went for the grey over pru blue USAF markings, one just to be a bit different, everyone seems to do the Grey Nurse markings from this boxes, and two to practice some weathering techniques over the plain grey finish and to see if I could bring in some subtle variations in colour.

 

Let me know what you think. :blush:

 

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Cheers

 

Dan :)

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Cheers Tony, it is an absolute beaut of a kit, my only gripe with the markings is it's not amazingly clear on whether she carried the stenciling or not. I decided to go for a bit of a mix tbh as I only figured it out about halfway through!

 

I like the way eduard have a separate page dedicated to the stencils but it would be really helpful if they made it clear which was relevant to which marking option, but really in the grand scheme of kit build it is a tiny grumble.

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Thanks guys :blush:

 

I'm hoping this is going to kick off my finishing mojo a little bit as I've got far too many kits sat on the shelf of doom in various states and this is hopefully my year for getting stuff done. Too many kits in the stash, too many group builds entered and not finished, and too many kits started on a saturday afternoon to never get any further the sprues being attacked with the sprue cutters. :banghead:

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Cheers guys :blush:

 

13 hours ago, Simon Cornes said:

Great work, love the weathering  - how did you do that

 

Simon

 

I had started off with some pre-shading (but keep that quiet, that word seems to get people riled up ;)) then a mottled coat of grey for the upper paintwork. Then I moved on to trying out mig's panel line wash. I used Deep grey for the panel lines and general grime, and light grey to bring in some contrast and for around the exhaust stain. Next up was a matt coat and watercolour pencils, I didn't go to far with these as, again, it was the first time I'd tried it. I went over the top of some of the grime with black and brown pencils, used a silver pencil for a few paint chips (though I couldn't quite get that right) and finished up with white around the exhaust stain to finish off.

 

I'm really happy with the result as this kind of weathering is something I've never tried before and this was all a bit of a test. :)

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13 hours ago, DannyB said:

Cheers guys :blush:

 

 

I had started off with some pre-shading (but keep that quiet, that word seems to get people riled up ;)) then a mottled coat of grey for the upper paintwork. Then I moved on to trying out mig's panel line wash. I used Deep grey for the panel lines and general grime, and light grey to bring in some contrast and for around the exhaust stain. Next up was a matt coat and watercolour pencils, I didn't go to far with these as, again, it was the first time I'd tried it. I went over the top of some of the grime with black and brown pencils, used a silver pencil for a few paint chips (though I couldn't quite get that right) and finished up with white around the exhaust stain to finish off.

 

I'm really happy with the result as this kind of weathering is something I've never tried before and this was all a bit of a test. :)

 

 

Ah..... and how did you do the exposed metal work at the wing roots? Silver pencil? It looks very nice and dull but very metallic!

 

Simon

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9 hours ago, Simon Cornes said:

 

 

Ah..... and how did you do the exposed metal work at the wing roots? Silver pencil? It looks very nice and dull but very metallic!

 

Simon

 

Ah sorry forgot that bit! I sprayed the wing roots with alclad airframe aluminium and applied maskol with a cocktail stick to mask it off before spraying the rest of the colour scheme. It's come out 'ok' if a bit ham-fisted, if I do it next time I might try using a tiny bit of sponge to make the chips a lot finer. :)

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23 hours ago, Simon Cornes said:

Right, now I see it. The good thing is that Alclad loses its shine under matt varnish and becomes that lovely silver/grey aluminium colour that I think we can all relate to. Great work!

 

Thanks, though trust me it's more luck than judgement! :lol: I was planning on leaving the maskol on until after the matt coat had gone down but it was getting in the way of the panel line wash and couldn't see any other way round it, though thankfully the panel line wash actually really helped that section out in the end.

 

Thanks again to everyone that's hit the like button and taken the time to comment. :blush:

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