In the words of an obscure late-20th century poet B.J. Spears: ‘Oops, I did it again!’ That is obviously a joke and obviously she didn’t write that herself. Anyway!
I really can’t stand strong smells and let’s be honest, this hobby has a few.. I especially hope it will help with the primer!
I know I buy a lot of stuff, but I spend a lot of time on this hobby and I like to be prepared. I see these things as an investment since I just started this hobby. I’m sure I won’t keep spending the amount of money I spent on all this in the last two months!
Back to the FW-190. I started work on the camo these last two days.
I did a larger area than required to avoid having to revisit this color.. I hate it when I at some point discover I forgot a small area, especially if mixing colors is involved like with the light blue. Of course today I did discover just that, but the area I missed is small enough to do with a brush.
I keep learning more about my airbrush. In my last blog I joyfully reported I had thinned my mixture so much for the light blue that I had a good result. Well it appears that wasn’t the entire story.. To finish the light blue on the sides of the fuselage I went straight for this thin mixture and it still didn’t work! Then finally after another frustrating half hour I guess I accidentally didn’t screw the air cap back on completely and the thing started working like a charm!
I don’t know if this means I screwed something up when I put the airbrush back together a while back, but today I did more work on the camo and it worked reliably. I don’t think I haven’t been able to use my airbrush reliably for two days in a row so far! Well, today was fine just like yesterday!
Since I didn’t know yet how good using the airbrush would go today I didn’t want to go all out again and planned on doing the rear wings first and see how far I would get with just a bit of very thinly mixed ‘staubgrau’, more englishly known as dust gray.
I suspect this is either because I screwed loose the air cap or because I still used a very thin mixture of dust gray because of my earlier experience.
I free-handed the camouflage so far and I will probably will need a few tries to get it just right, but I am still confident it will give me a better result than masking it off.
The yellow mixture was way, way too thin! Even though I already knew it didn’t need to be as thin as I have used in the last couple of weeks I went for an even thinner ratio.. don’t know why I did that because it was already somewhat thinned with water because I had just cleaned my mixing cup. Ah well, I did a couple of layers and the result looks fine!
Pretty happy with how this thing is turning out!
4 thoughts on “More stuff.. again!”
I go through a lot of masking tape too! I do also have some cheap Scotch tape so I’m not wasting the good Tamiya stuff in “fill” sort uses.
I also keep a bottle of each of my custom paint mixes until a project is done. That way if I do need to touch up I’m not having to mix to match!
Yeah I think the yellow stuff I use is some cheap stuff I got at the local discount store and one of those rolls can last forever even though I use for basically everything! The flexibel tape I bought for masking camo parts but so far free-handing the camo is going ok. So i use it to mask off curves on the fuselage and stick tape above that.
I thought about doing that but I was afraid it would dry out! What do you store it in? Come to think of it, I think I have an old Revell aqua paint cup in the waste bag I keep next to my workplace, that would work if I clean it out properly.
I just use some old paint bottles I’ve cleaned out. They will dry out, but not normally over the course of a few weeks working on a project.
Sounds good, I’ll try that! Thanks Dave