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Looks very good to my untrained eye! Harvey is right, there is no such thing as a picture heavy post, only more goodies to ogle :speak_cool: .

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Excellent Matt, :goodjob:

 

Your decision to redo the colors was the right move; much more accurate to the eye.

 

I concur with your thoughts on the weathering. The aircraft should not look worn out, just faded. The underside of the aircraft was the grimiest. There are plenty of fluids there to streak back in the air stream; not too heavy but enough to allow you to pick out some panels. The Crew Chiefs worked had to keep the area wiped down if for no other reason than its hard to see a leak if everything appears to be leaking!

 

A very high traffic area was the path used to access the cockpit after the engines were running. We did a lot of that while trying resolve “Launch” problems to avoid a "Ground Abort". We would hop onto top of left hand wing tank then onto wing; hands onto top of intake/engine ducting then hop on top; forward to area adjacent to aft cockpit. There were scuff marks from heals and toes of boots on these areas. Look at photos and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Just so happens that this area of intake trunk at the wing is “Tan” and shows the scuff marks quite well. Lots of toe scuffs on the wing tank sides as well.

 

Area on top of left hand intake and the right to a less extent adjacent to aft cockpit was well worn always; often down to bare metal! Most of this was due to large, heavy Avionics Components or the Ejection Seat Bucket being placed there while you climbed into or out of the cockpit. Due to the fact that the vast majority of Avionics Components were located in the Aft Cockpit underneath the side consoles or aft outboard of the seat on the floor. The "Egress" Shop was always pulling the Aft Ejection Seat Bucket they sort of “hated” the Avionics “Spark Chasers” types for it especially when you miss diagnosed the problem and their efforts were in vain!!! ;)

 

Barry

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I think my medium green was a bit too "limey" and the dark green was a bit too blue.

 

Watch the language there fella!

We members of the Eeenglish tribe don't like that word!

Seriously your new colours look terrific and knowing what a "hand" you are with the airbrush

I'm looking forward to seeing your fading work.

 

Luvly Jubbly!

 

Phil :speak_cool:

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Watch the language there fella!

:evil_laugh:

 

Thanks Mark!

 

Thanks for the weathering info Barry. I will do my best to get that looking right. I had read that the centerline tanks were sometimes olive drab. Can you confirm this? I think it would look cool if it were a possibility. Maybe I am mistaken and it was the wing tanks. Now, how to make boot marks...

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Guest Peterpools

Matt

Good looking cammo. Smooth as silk on my screen. for my money; Used but not Abused on the weathering. Light and tasteful.

Peter

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Awsome job!! I;m sure if Robin were around he would love it and maybe he IS enjoying this build ;-) I can't recommend the book enough. Fantastic read of a Fantistic man. Truly a Man among men.

 

Jim

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Thanks for looking in Jim, I really enjoyed his book and actually loaned it to my mother-in-law! She is having a good read with it too.

 

Peter, not sure about smooth as silk but I am trying. Smoke and mirrors my friend!

 

Ok, I got a bit of fading and some other goodies done. All the work is a base prior to a gloss coat for decaling. I will use a wash and pastels later.

 

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The inlet lip was silver, or coroguard color, whatever that was. It shows up silver in the photos anyway.

 

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I found a color pic of a right side splitter vane with a "ghost" Singhai Lion on it and just had to do it. Seemed right to me. I am gonna hide a spook in this build too. Triple Nickel apparently had a red lion on the splitters or rudders when they were flying light gull gray over white C's but no mention of it on SEA camo planes. I took a bit of artistic license here.

 

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Faded just enough for me. I think I need to gloss coat this baby!

 

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I will need to put this one away for a bit so I don't get carried away with the weathering. Must get back to the Hellcat.

 

Cheers,

 

Matt

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Matt

That's all that counts. Nice touch with the "ghost" Singhai Lion.

 

Peter

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:evil_laugh:

 

Thanks Mark!

 

Thanks for the weathering info Barry. I will do my best to get that looking right. I had read that the centerline tanks were sometimes olive drab. Can you confirm this? I think it would look cool if it were a possibility. Maybe I am mistaken and it was the wing tanks. Now, how to make boot marks...

Matt,

 

The C/L Tanks were Grey or even White. Not all tanks got repainted right away and many C/L as well as Wing tanks were white as delivered however the C/L tanks were also pretty grungy looking most of the time. I do not recall seeing these tanks painted green or even black for the "Night Owls" black underside scheme.

There were wing tanks that were green over black for night owl operations. Later in life with the camo wrap around schemes the external tanks were painted to match.

 

Of course I'm not saying this as an absolute without exception....may very well have been some painted green but it was not common. ;)

 

As for making scuff marks I plan to use a combination of black and dark brown colored pencils.

 

Barry

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Looking really sweet Matt,

I'm with Barry on the bootprints, using coloured pencils.

As a thought to give you some control, maybe load up the eraser on the end of a pencil with your preferred colour

then use the eraser to scuff on your marks. Might be worthwhile practising on a bit of card but it might help

 

Phil :speak_cool:

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Looking really sweet Matt,

I'm with Barry on the bootprints, using coloured pencils.

As a thought to give you some control, maybe load up the eraser on the end of a pencil with your preferred colour

then use the eraser to scuff on your marks. Might be worthwhile practising on a bit of card but it might help

 

Phil :speak_cool:

Great suggestion Phil.

 

Barry

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I like that idea Phil. I can shape an eraser to get a profile and work with that and some pigments or dried water color. Thanks for the suggestion on the black or brown color Barry. I just would not have gone that route. I think it will work better. Certain parts are going to be grubby, like where your hands would go.

 

I found some data on fuel tank colors. The c/l tank will be white. I played with the left wing tank and can modify it. Based on some pics I found, I did the rear section in green over white and the remainder of the tank in o/d. I saw a few tanks that had been pieced together from others and had seriously mismatched colors. I will see how it looks installed and post a preview. It just might be interesting, or hideous.

 

Here is that ghost lion shot and what I think is a white underside. I can't remember where I found this pic so if anyone is unhappy I can remove it.

 

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Matt.. Phantastic build so far! you guys are definately an inspiration to keep me tinkering away! Loving the way the camo came out.. I think the Col. would be very proud of his mount! keep up the good work!

 

Cheers,

jerry

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