By Brett Green
The plane modeling pastime has gone through dramatic alterations within the final ten years. New production applied sciences and the increase of China have mixed to make this a golden age by way of the range and availability of versions. yet those developments may also make the pastime intimidating for these beginning out. during this re-creation in Osprey's Masterclass sequence, Brett eco-friendly describes the kits, add-ons, decals and references which are now to be had and demonstrates a large choice of paint varieties, thinners and alertness tools in either phrases and images. He additionally covers portray results corresponding to mottling, soft-edged camouflage demarcation, overlaying and weathering. this is often the fitting publication for the newbie and the pro modeler alike.
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Preparation is very important. There is a little more flash (excess plastic) than you might expect to see on a long-run injection-moulded kit from a company like Tamiya or Hasegawa, but this should not be a serious hurdle. The parts are not numbered on the sprues, so you will need to take some care to keep track of them. For limited-run kits, I generally remove the plastic parts from their sprues and clean them up with a hobby knife and sanding stick before even thinking about construction. This allows me to test-fit the major components – especially the fuselage and wings – and plan for any remedial action well in advance.
There are some spurious raised fasteners moulded prominently just forward of the cockpit on the fuselage sides. These should best be sliced off or sanded back. Moulding quality is very high, with just some fine flash on smaller parts and ejector pin circles on the bottom of the ailerons. The cockpit is well equipped with separate lower sidewalls and structural features moulded in place, The seat mounts and ‘bottomless’ floor are delicately presented. The seat is thin and looks authentic with its backrest cushion moulded in place.
This may be one of the most demanding and exacting finishes that a modeller will ever attempt. Preparation is the key. The metallic finish will only be as good as the surface over which it is sprayed. If the surface of the plastic is less than completely perfect, the metallic paint job will amplify any blemishes. Alclad II is a recent range of metallic lacquers that does not require thinning or any protective coating. A very wide selection of metallic shades is available in the Alclad II range.