Demo Builds

This model, derived from three different kits and having a natural metal finish, would be considered difficult to build and impossible to paint with a brush by most model builders. That’s why I chose to build it as my first blog demo build. This build is supposed to demonstrate the many way I use inventive …

Continue reading Pointy Bits: P-47N Part 14

The vacuum formed canopy is a great invention. I find these things to be very useful, and replace the kit canopy with a vacuum formed replacement whenever I can. Yes. I am one of “those guys.” I don’t find the vacuum formed (vac for short) canopy to be so difficult. I cut it out with …

Continue reading Vacuum Formed: P-47N Part 13

The mixture of Tamiya Flat Base and Future was brushed onto the painted areas (only). I’m not going to put a clear finish on the “bare metal” areas. The clear flat on the anti-glare and blue areas really alters the appearance of the model. That gleam on there was really giving the model a “toy-like” …

Continue reading Flat as a Pancake: P-47N Part 12

A “natural metal finish” on a plastic model doesn’t work without the “panel shading.” This means that different panels reflect light differently, because the different pieces of aluminum sheet that make up the aircraft skin are different colors. Slightly. Very slightly. So what’s a good way to reproduce this effect? One way is to mask …

Continue reading Panel Shading: P-47N Part 11

Several methods are going to be described here, and in doing so I’ll introduce several concepts that may be new to you. I’d like to point out that most, if not all, of my methods were invented independently by me. I’m not claiming that I’m the first one to do these things– I’m sure that’s …

Continue reading Fine Lines: P-47N Part 10

I made a video today of me brushing Vallejo Metal Color onto the P-47. Unfortunately, the thing is taking forever to upload to Youtube, so it will be awhile before we can all enjoy my antics. In the meantime, I’ve taken a few still photos of this model with three coats of Metal Color on …

Continue reading Heavy Metal: P-47N Part 8

Because I have already stated that I am not a builder, you will not be surprised to learn that this is NOT my favorite part of the build. In fact, I usually deliberately avoid this type of fill and sand model building. But there’s no way around it this time. My approach is very primitive. …

Continue reading Primer Primer: P-47N Part 7