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

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18 minutes ago, VintageEagle said:

Rivets and panel lines can still be seen in close up photos. The surface was not completely smooth, but imperfections removed. See for example a close up of W.Nr. 111711:

 

https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/messerschmitt-me-262-family-photograph-41

 

 

you would almost certainly not see a panel line under the paint but it's a model so why not

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One thing to be noticed from the photo of W.Nr. 111711 is that putty was not applied on all rivets. The following photo shows the nose of a painted Me 262 where you can still see the panel lines and other details, but I agree that the effect is probably more subtle than if they had not applied any putty at all. So, I'd not highlight the panel lines and rivets with a too dark wash on the model:

 

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8 hours ago, Vincent/MDC said:

 

you would almost certainly not see a panel line under the paint but it's a model so why not

 

The slats would be dropped too but that's alotta extra work.

 

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Thanks guys!  This will no longer be a black-base build.  I've done and sprayed the whole thing silver.  Decanted Tamiya AS-12, thinned with Tamiya Lacquer thinner and some Mr Leveling thinner to help even out the coat.

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The plan now is to establish the putty lines and then apply hairspray over the wing roots to facilitate chipping afterwards.  Not sure if I'll add some mottling to give the camo some tonal variation... maybe some color other than black.

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Outstanding work so far John - really nice! Will you be displaying this bird in flight? I was just wondering why the leading edge slats are in the closed position? Perhaps you mentioned it earlier in the thread - I must have missed it! 

Cheers

Alan

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I love you changed your mind with a base colour and just do it. I've been at that tipping point and once the decision has been firmly made i can soldier on through happy with my new choice. What tipped you over to make the change?

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12 hours ago, MikeMaben said:

 

The slats would be dropped too but that's alotta extra work.

 

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the  trump model does give you seperate flaps.  they were usually raised by  the ground crew when on the ground although I have seen mix and  match.  I think for a repainted in the field ac  the area under the flaps is probably camo color at least it is on the nasm ac.  I think they would research their ac  carefully as well

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Thanks guys!  Landing gear will be down.  I chose to pose the leading edge slats in the closed position because (a) it looks cleaner, IMO and (b) it was simpler to do than posing them dropped.  It was at a point where I wanted to move this build along and I made a number of decisions that simplified things like posing the canopy closed and the slats closed.  Not all 262's on the ground had their slats dropped did they?  Didn't appear to be so based on the photos I've been looking at.

 

There were a lot of things bothering me about trying to black-base this 262 AND incorporate hairspray chipping in certain areas AND establish the putty/anti-corrosive paint under the camo colors.  It just wasn't meshing in my head.  The change to silver clarifies things for me since it will approximate the base conditions of the actual aircraft.  I will apply grey paint (either by paint brush or airbrush) to mimic the example shown by WNr. 111711.  This will serve as the base for the RLM83/76 camo to come.

 

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The only thing I have not accounted for is the tonal variation that would be provided by either the black-base or black mottle approach.  I think it can be accomplished in a different way but first things first... getting the grey primer on.

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46 minutes ago, D.B. Andrus said:

Not sure this is relevant to your build - the nose section forward of the aft edge of the gun bay is made of steel.

 

Model is looking great!

 

Cheers,

 

D.B.

 

And hence the difference in coloration visible in the photos of WNr. 111711?  I did not know that but noticed the difference in color.  Yes, I think I will account for that but maybe with greys instead of metallics. 

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