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Friday, August 10, 2012

B-52 Stratofortress

 One of the Gentlemen from M.R.S. Hobby Shop asked me to build him a model of the plane his Father flew. His father was assigned to the 28th bomb wing out of Ellsworth AFB when the B-52D’s where in service.

 This is the 1/72 Scale B-52 from Monogram. The kit now retails $43.99.
The kit is very old and needed a lot of seam work. I built it Out Of the Box. When I was gluing the model together I used Ambroid’s Proweld, This glue dries fast and hard. The one I tried an experiment I saw at the 1999 Gathering show. They took a gloss colored paint and rubbed in the SNJ aluminum powder to give it a metal look. I used Testors Gloss Black for the deep polished aluminum look. Once that was set (about 24 hours) I used testors Aluminum Plate 1401 and Stainless Steel 1402 for the metal colors. The gear bays, flaps and bomb bays are the testors yellow chromate. The decals are From the Golden Dragon Productions Line GDPD72008. Once the decals where done, I used Tamiya X-22 (tam81022) for my finish coat. I used an extra 28th Bomb Wing patch for this kit since it’s from the 28th Bomb wing. The GDPD72008 comes with the 92nd bomb wing Patch. The walkways are done with both black decal stripes and Testors flat black.
The underside of the model was done with Tamiya’s XF-2 Flat White.

When I finished this model I borrowed the model for the IPMS Meeting in Sept 2005. The model was the spotlight of the show. The gentlemen that produced the flyer for our club placed the model on the front page of the 2006 meeting schedule. I was pleasantly surprised.

 For an old Monogram model it still fits well with a little care.
This kit has a very good and accurate shape. I think with the Golden Dragon Productions B-52G or H conversion it will make a great Modern B-52.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Five step aircraft paint, wash and weather

After several years of modeling, most modelers perfect their favorite way of creating realistic finishes on their model aircraft. Here are the steps I use to create the desired effect.
Step 1: Clean and Paint The surface of the model needs

to smooth and free of oil. Next you will need to pick which paint to use. Keep in mind that at the end of the process the finish will be a shade darker from the panel wash. The paint I choose is Testors Model Master acrylic. Acrylic paint can be thinned with water and dries quickly. For best results use a quality airbrush which can be purchased from Hobby-On. Most of the following steps will need to dry overnight or longer.
Step 2: Apply Future Floor Polish to the model This can purcha

sed in most stores in the cleaning isle. You can apply it with a cotton swab or with an airbrush with no thinning necessary. With a cotton swab, it is easier to get a thick enough coat for the next step but may leave behind cotton fibers. When using an airbrush, you can get an even coat but make sure it is thick enough. The surface should be smooth and shiny.
You can now apply decals. Make sure you use decal setting solution like Testors , TES2146, or Microscale Micro SET and Micro SOL. Micro SET goes on before the decal and Micro SOL goes on after. These work best for curved and difficult surfaces. It is normal for the decals to wrinkle in this process.

Step 3: Apply Future to Decals After the decals have dried for a few days, apply another coat of future to the decals.
Step 4: Apply Panel Wash washes can be purchased separately or mixed. Oil based washes will slip easily off the Future Polish. I use a mixture of Testors Enamel Thinner and artists oil paint. For modern aircraft, use Ivory Black. For older aircraft and tanks, use

Raw Umber to simulate a browner mud color. The consistency should be very thin but have enough color to show up in the panel lines. Test with scrap to find the right consistency and some thinner may eat at the Future Polish. If the panel lines are not dark enough, then apply more pigment. If there is too much, then wipe off excess and use thinner if needed. When done right, the pigment should flow into all of the cracks.
Step 5: Apply Flat Coat Most military airc
raft will have a flat finish apposed to a gloss finish. Apply a clear flat coat with an airbrush or from a spray can. Paint brushes will move the wash around. I use Testors Flat Clear Enamel from an airbrush. Using a can will not produce as dull of a finish as needed.
That's it. You are all done!


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