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1/32 Trumpeter Me 262A-1a "Yellow 3"

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Thanks guys!  It's good to be working on the 262 again!

 

I applied some Mr Surfacer 1000 to some seam imperfections on the engine nacelles so I turned to the other outer components to start the camo painting process while the putty cured.  The base black was broken up using Tamiya Neutral Grey.
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RLM 76 Light Blue was sprayed on the appropriate parts.  Halfway through painting the undersides of the horizontal stabilizers, I sprayed the main panel lines with a dark grey to simulate the putty along the seams.
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Here are the parts after the RLM76.
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The uppers were similarly treated but with RLM83 Dark Green.  The areas around the panel lines are lighter to represent the putty underneath.  When I get to the fuselage, I may buff away some of the green along the panel lines using Micromesh to get more of a wear effect.
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The horizontal stabilizers were given some base weathering including a panel wash, some post-shading and a small bit of chipping.  The stain on the upper side of the starboard stabilizer is from decal solution but has since been removed.
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The control surfaces after painting...
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The main landing gear covers...
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The nose landing gear doors...
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The errant seams were sanded and re-painted in gloss black.
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That's all for now!

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Thank you so much for checking in with this build!  Comments are greatly appreciated!

 

Due to limited time over the weekend, I've held off on starting the main painting.  Instead, I occupied myself by painting the Barracuda resin wheels.  Much effort was made to make the tread grooves darker than the tread surfaces.

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Thanks for the comments everyone!

 

7 hours ago, Vincent/MDC said:

Hi

 

Your work is beautiful but one remark : if there was putty applied, there would be no panel line visible. Putty was also applied on rivets by the way

 

But your painting is really impressive

 

V

 

Thank you Vincent!  You bring up a very good point and it was something that I thought about but decided against representing.  Two primary reasons.  Firstly, it's hard to make a model without surface detail look realistic.  I'm sure there are ways but they are beyond me.  Secondly... I know it was the intention of the Luftwaffe to eliminate the surface imperfections on the 262 using putty but I'm doubtful as to how successful they were.  And since Yellow 3 was a well used aircraft, I am thinking that a model with visible rivets and panel lines may not be entirely inaccurate.

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