I have a couple of other projects I need to finish before I can really dig into this, but figured I should get this thread started, anyway. I know I'll have plenty of questions along the way for those "in the know" on the IL-2 and, judging from some of the great Sturmovik builds I've seen on these forums, I'm sure there will be a few of you who will be able to help and lend your opinions.
So, here's what I have to work with:
Eduard's interior/exterior sets
AKAN paint set
The plan was to do "Black 1" with the white tail, as seen on the mask set above. There is actually a brief film clip showing this aircraft rolling out for take-off and that can be found on YouTube. When the time comes for further discussion (and it will!), I'll post a link to that vid, as I don't have it handy, at the moment. Also, there are a couple of sets of profiles that have been done of this plane, in addition to what Montex has represented in their mask set. One can be found here: http://www.mig3.sovi...-whitetail1.jpg This is actually a revised version of the original, by the same artist, in which he added the red spinner tip and fuselage stripe. There are also some discussions on the web regarding these features. I will say, however, that when I initially planned this build, I had not seen the revised profile and discussions and had planned to go ahead without the red on the spinner and fuselage.
Now, I'll come right out and say that I'm just not a fan of the color red. However, in addition to that, by reading the discussions surrounding this particular plane, as well as viewing the clip countless times, I'm still not sure that the red was actually there. There certainly is a good case for it and I can see where they're coming from, but I'm not fully convinced quite yet. So, I'm still kind of debating which direction to go. This is also a subject (late IL-2 colors in general) that can get heated and bring out a lot of different opinions, many of which do have some merit and evidence in their support. So, I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place as to how I am going to approach this one, as I want it to be as accurate as possible, but I still have to satisfy my gut feelings on what it should look like, as well as my own personal tastes.
This brings me to the next subject, which is the AKAN paints. These are supposed to be based on original paint chips and, from what I've seen on the net, they appear to match most of them fairly closely. However, neither always match original aircraft specimens (including crash sites that are still in the wilderness), or photographs of them. My first concern with the AKAN paints is that they seem a little dark, in the bottle. I did a quick test of the paints by brushing some of each color on a scrap part for comparison. I have to say that they do dry a little lighter than I thought they would, but I'm still a little concerned about how they will look once on the model. But, that can also be altered with a little fading/post shading, if needed. Then there is always the theory of "scale color" and what a weathered plane would have looked like in service and we haven't even touched on the possibility of field expedient paint applications and repairs of battle damage. Man.......
So, my goal with this build is to try to find a happy medium with all of this and have a finished model that "looks right to my eye", when it's done and sitting on my shelf. I'm open to any and all discussion on the subject, so long as it stays civil. I would love to hear your thoughts. I would really like to stick with the planned scheme, if it still suits me by the time I start painting, but I'm not entirely opposed to doing something else if it has "the look", if you know what I mean.
Thanks for following along!
Edited by mywifehatesmodels, 06 December 2014 - 10:19 PM.