I decided to start this build off doing the centerline fuel tank. I wanted to do a quick and simple subassembly, so I could try out the Bombshell Brew paint. My paint of choice is Mr Color, and although I'm really happy with how it performs for me especially when doing freehand camo work, I'm always open to trying a new product.
I really like the squeeze drop bottle Bombshell uses, makes paint dispensing easy, and the bottles have, what I'm assuming is, a ball bearing to aid mixing when shaking the bottle. The line has a wide range of colors for adversary aircraft which suits me with my current interest in adversary aircraft. After playing around with the paint consistency and air pressures for awhile, I found a combination that I thought performed the best for me. So, I tired it out on the fuel tank:
I found the paint sprayed and covered nicely without any issues (the tank as pictured has a coat of Tamiya X-22). I still need to play around with the paint consistency and air pressures though as I wasn't able to get a nice tight demarcation line between colors that I like. More practice needed!
A couple of other issues were exposed though. First, the paint colors don't match the decal colors. I've read it's difficult for decal printers to match the FS colors. I've had similar issues with low-viz decals. The second issue, the paint colors don't match the colors of the aircraft, see the pic posted by Lud13; their hue or shade just isn't the same as the colors on the aircraft. I understand that lighting conditions, camera settings, and one's computer screen settings can affect how the colors are seen, but to me, they aren't close.
I'm going to get some AKAN paints and see how they look.
Edited by Dragon, 04 December 2017 - 06:06 AM.