Unfortunately the desk wasn’t delivered yesterday, but I should get it delivered Monday. I was kind of looking forward to upgrading to a proper workplace yesterday but it is what it is.
The decaling job is fully done! I finished it yesterday and it was actually just an hour more work probably.
I did an attempt at fixing the silvering on the transparent cross on the wing. The result as I showed it in a previous blog:
I got scared a bit, because the color looks like Revell 47 (the other color of the camo). I used my new IPMS membership to ask about it on the forum and after half an hour I got an answer on what was up: The color difference was down to not having put a gloss coat layer on the re-spray like the rest of the wing.
I tried to do some more work on it but when I tried to move the post its the decal tor up. So I decided to leave it as is and hope it would be fixed when I did another layer of gloss coat over the entire plane.
Yesterday and this morning I tried to get some more inspiration on the chipping process. I haven’t done this before, so I didn’t want to go all out on this but just apply the technique on a small area.
Seeing this on the photo I am wondering why I didn’t get some more black over it..
For the next build I am definitely not free handing this like I have done this time. I think I simply lack the experience to do it that way. So next time I will either work straight from a photo or just copy a more experienced builder! I did enough research, but it really is something else to apply the stuff you learned.
Repairing before another layer of gloss clear.
Some last minute repairs I had already planned before sealing everything in:
Unfortunately the decal on the right wing still looks messy. Definitely one for the ‘after-action-report’ I plan to do for this build. Just as the chipping effort.
The next step is to apply a dirt wash. I first want to give this some time to really dry up. A cause for concern is that I am not sure about the Levado Color Wash I have for this job.. I have experimented with it in the past, but I am not sure if I want to get this over my entire plane.
I have read a story of someone who used the stuff and couldn’t get it off. However he let it dry for more than 24 hours which is definitely not what you want to do.. but it did remind me of the experience I had with this stuff on the little Spitfire part.
However I did use Revell thinner to get it off after a few minutes, and that appears to be a bad idea.. not sure if water will give a better result, but it looks like I’ll have to do some more experimenting with it before getting it on the FW-190.
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It’s all looking pretty good. Learning experiences are good experiences!
Thanks! Hopefully I’ll get around to doing a dirt wash on the entire body today and after that I saw something really cool to create realistic mud. That’s more of an armor technique though, so it might be a bit far fetched to have too much mud on the underside of the wing. This is a nice phase of the build though, it’s cool to think about this stuff and be creative!
Do you know btw Dave: were these propellers made of wood? Some people go all out on the propellers but I some people it was only the leading edge that had some aluminium on it. Any idea?
Armor techniques are definitely different, too much, for what you would see on an operational aircraft.
Yeah German propellers were mostly wood, and would be on the 190. I normally don’t weather them too heavily. Unless I have photo of the subject showing something extreme, then just try to replicate what you see. Maybe dry brush a little light brown near the tips, and a touch of aluminum on the leading edge? Outside of North Africa most planes didn’t look sandblasted!
Sounds great! I think I’ll do that! And I’ll leave it at a dirt wash with some dirt color on the underside.