- Show me your Christmas Airfix…
Can you buy these things ready painted,or do they all need to be painted separately?
Quite like the idea of building something,but the painting really doesn’t appeal to me.
This got me thinking actually, as personally I prefer assembly to painting. (I’m still learning how to use an airbrush). Why not try almost any modern Nato jet – They’re often painted in different shades of grey. Most kits are moulded in grey, so once the decals are on, it wouldn’t look too far out.Posted 4 years agomogrimMember
Still working on my Airfix “Dogfight Double” Harrier and Skyhawk that I got for my birthday in October – thanks Mum!
Definitely worth getting a cheaper kit first – these are the first planes I’ve built for over 25 years, and I’m making a bit of a mess of them 😳 A bigger scale model would help, lots.
Next stop: a Tamiya RC car.Posted 4 years ago
How would I go about weathering the Typhoon with a brush?
I’ve got various Humbrol paints along with satin clear coat. Do I just mix the clear with a bit of black and streak it on or is there a better method? I don’t want it to look like it has crashed in a field, just a bit less like a flat grey painted kit.
Fig 1. Blurred picture of Typhoon in flat grey with 2% of decals.
Also, is there some sort of decal fixer as they are coming off on my fingers ages after they have been appiled?
Posted 4 years agoSquidlordMember
You could seal the paint job with diluted floor polish, then weather with a wash of very diluted black paint. Apply this liberally, and then wipe off before it starts to dry. You want the wash to remain just in the engraved lines. Takes some trial and error.Posted 4 years ago
But make sure you don’t remove the original paint! That’s why you want to seal it first. You can matt it down again with the satin varnish.
Try dry brushing. Get an old brush cut it to stubbly stiff bristles dip in thick white paint wipe all the paint out onto a cloth . Now brush over the model lightly . The residue in the brush will catch edges and raised detail nicely giving depth and light . I also used thinned to nothing black to run into details. These are techniques from figure painting but transfer to vehicles . Try on something other than your current work first.Posted 4 years ago
Humbrol do something called “Decalfix”, but this method works for me:
first of all, mask off the cockpit canopy with either Tamiya masking tape (and a scalpel/craft knife. Do NOT be tempted to use a Stanley knife, if you want to keep your fingertips**…) OR Humbrol Maskol. This is a purple rubber solution – like thinned down rubber glue – but beware, it eats brushes. I use a cotton bud.
Then give it all a thin wash of GLOSS varnish (Revell Acrylic #01) before you do the decals, and allow to dry. apply the decals, then another coat of gloss. Then a coat of matt (Revell Acrylic #02) for military types, not for civil types.
If you don’t have access to an airbrush, you can get aerosol cans of the gloss and matt varnishes, but be careful not to mix brands, as some of them have been known to bubble & blister. If you know you’re going to be doing a number of modern jets, try get the Tamiya Aerosol colours (TS32 Haze Grey or TS48 Gun Grey); same if you’re going to be doing a lot of WWII types, Dark Green, Dark Earth, Slate Grey, “Sky” for British types; Olive Drab or aluminium for US types, and so on…
If you have undercarriage & undercarriage doors, leave them off until the very end. Same with underwing pylons & weapons
** ask me how I know…Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Harry_the_Spider – Member
Urgh. The decals are as tiny and fiddly as ****. I haven’t got the eyes or the skill for this.
Get yourself some cheap reading glasses from Boots or wherever, in the highest magnification you can find, say around 3.00, but you can find 4.00, and use those for working on kits. That’s what I use, although I find 2.50 mag ones do pretty well for close-up work.Posted 4 years agoesselgruntfuttockMember
Great thread! I must have about 70 kits waiting to be built, when time & space allows. I haven’t built anything for about 12 years so no photo’s. I’ve a few things in boxes ready to resume…a Tamiya Mk1 Merkava, a Hasegawa 1/72 P3C Orion, a Monogram 1/48 A1 Skyraider & a Hasegawa 1/72 EF111.
Been to a couple of IPMS shows & the standard of show stuff is just astonishing.
Have a look at this site….Posted 4 years agobikerbaboonMember
Not from this year but it was my airfix project last year.Posted 4 years ago
Really wish I hadn’t opened this thread,used to love the old airfix kits when I was younger,this could get expensive.
Just had a quick look for a model making forum and the skills/attention to detail are amazing – someone’s getting a bollocking because a haversack on the back of his Polish tank looks American 😆
MORE PICS !!Posted 4 years ago
does anyone know if the taillights should be red on a DBS ? no instructions for that in the Tamiya instructions, but it doesn’t look right to me
<edit> never mind, just googled it. Definitely not red
Sure I saw one in a flood on the BBC website last week, taillights were definitely red but that could’ve been because it was dark-ishPosted 4 years ago
you know they have “special instructions” and “general instructions”?
well that bit comes under the “Common sense instructions” section that they generally leave out…
Avro Lancaster & P38 Lightning also just visible behind the Aston
oh aye, the camouflage pattern does not extend to the undersurface of a Tornado – it’s usually just a paler shade of greyPosted 4 years agogoonMember
oh aye, the camouflage pattern does not extend to the undersurface of a Tornado
Plenty of Tornadoes wore a wrap around camo of RAF Dark Green and Extra Dark Sea Grey in the GR.1 days. Harry’s is correct. Not quite the right shape any more admittedly, but the paint is right.Posted 4 years agowee-alSubscriber
goon, as an ex Fleet Air Arm helicopter mechanic, can i just say that Lynx is incredibly well detailed. Right down to the remnants of anti skid paint on the floor of the cab. Love the sheep skins as well. But as your Lynx is far from serviceable the seat ones should be turned over lest the maintainers get them dirty with there overalls!Posted 4 years ago
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