Let me start this blog off first by telling you I am so happy to say I seem to have fixed the fitting on and around the engine!
I am getting somewhere with this build I feel. there are quite a lot of small parts left, but I can prepare those while waiting for the main body to get ready for the next stage.
This afternoon I got myself some inspiration by checking out the builds of Brett G, IBM and ScaleModelAircraft. Brett G hasn’t been able to apply primer because of the weather, but the other two show the primer stage, pre-shading and the final air brush. This has me intimidated a bit and let’s be honest: with good reason. I have never done these things before and there is nothing like screwing up on the main body!
still do to now:
- Temporarily place landing gear covers, engine covers and mask off the cockpit.
- Propeller and nose cone, not painted yet.
- Air brush the livery on the body.
- Landing gear, flaps and other small parts that can’t get put on until the final phases. Some of these parts are not painted yet.
- Apply coating.
To be completely honest with you, I am not confident right now in getting the result I want for this kit. It is not that I am comparing myself to the guys I mentioned above as they have been at it a lot longer than I have and this is only my second kit. I know I will probably not get the result they got, but I know how much I learned the last weeks while making this kit and trying new things.. but so far I am not even sure how to use primer, if I have the right color for instance. If I keep learning and getting a feeling for new techniques I am sure that soon I will feel confident enough to finish this kit.
The Spitfire is a simpler kit. It does not have an engine and the livery seems easier to me.
Besides, I already had it at 90% finished before I decided I had ruined it enough. My original idea was to start fresh with this kit straight away, but there was something wrong with a part and I had to wait for a replacement. I started the FW-190 while waiting for it.
Something to think about tonight!