100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:57 pm

I am making slow progress with the cockpit & canopy , after a little figure painting i have a pilot & navigator.

Now just need to make the canopy latch.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:14 pm

Here is a picture of my Airfix 1/24th Mosquito nearing completion. Just trying to decide if i spray the Invasion stripes or just Decal it as per the kitset. I'm thinking it would be good practice to put the stripes on it.

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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:19 pm

Haha just realised i posted the wrong photo of the pilots , thats how they came out of the packet & i was not really happy with them wearing lipstick & bright blue headphones.

This is after my attempt at figure painting.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby spitty » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:33 pm

Now they look fantastic...

The Original ones are looking a bit funny :lol:

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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:24 pm

After hours of cutting & sanding to make the canopy frame & clear canopy fit nicely i still had to resort to 2x 2lb diving weights on top of the canopy to hold it in place.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:20 pm

Now its starting to look like a plane , I have just glued the stab & elevators on to the fuselage using a mix of epoxy & micro balloons through a syringe to get it into the fairing.
It took a little work with the Dremel & sanding drums to get the stab alligned but now its looking good in all directions.

Fingers crossed i might be able to make a serious start on the paint work next week.

Its amazing how you can look at pictures and just miss the obvious, a customer pointed out that the bombers have Green / Grey on the fins while the Fighter Bombers only have Grey on the Fin , Okay must admit i had not really looked at the back end much.

BUT then i got a shock when i tried to fit the Green onto the fin of my Airfix Fighter Bomber - The Green and Grey are reversed on the Bombers !
I remember now i have seen a spitfire with the standard RAF scheme but the colours reversed , now i realise they must have done that between the 2 types of Mosquito.

Glad i saw that last week before i started spraying the Top of the model !
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby ash » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:44 pm

What's the story with the black patches, lines, rings and spots?

Are they to be exposed by sanding through the colour coats as some kind of weathering or shading?
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:41 am

Glad you asked that Ash , my next post was going to talk about that :)

The black lines & patches were sprayed on with a Tamiya Sprayworks airbrush , then the main colour is applied over the top with the touch up gun ( a small car painters gun )
The technique is called Pre-Shading , the idea is that is shows through the top colour and gives the panels ( and access panels ) a soft edge. Basicly it stops the model looking like its a flat surface with no detail.
The trick is to shade over the dark lines without covering them completely.

Come in to Modelair and i can show you some good examples of finished models using this process.

So after a few hours painting the bottom of the model is done , next step it to put the grey on the top side.

Look closely at the engine nacelle just above the gear doors and you can see the pre shading effect i was trying for.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:44 am

Just a quick pic of todays progress. Next step is the hard one.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby DH100 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:46 am

Looking good guys!

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