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M.Brindos

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Another model started some time ago...

I'm currently working on the Revell 1/125 U-47, but I felt like painting something again. So here is what I've done since last night.

The 1/72 Airfix P-40B from Libya 1941.

I started by painting it in Vallejo Desert yellow and Game Air Earth, masking the pattern with silly putty worms. It came out okay and I dusted it overall with a mix of matte, gloss, and a couple drops of Buff.

I didn't like how it turned out so this morning I remasked the Earth and resprayed with Middlestone. I like this look better.

After that I had to mix up my own Azure Blue from Vallejo and MSP colors. It's surprising how compatible those two brands are. Sprayed like a dream.

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This is a good little kit and almost as impressive as the 1/48 scale model.
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There were a couple of missed spots and some minor corrections needed so I tried some tonal variations in some of the panels.

It's almost got a cell shading kind of effect which I think is kinda cool looking.

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I'm quite happy with this look.
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I should be happy also !!! Very nice ... love the camo... very nice colors !!!
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Thank you, Alain! 

I AM quite happy with this paint job so far. I used it as a test for the silly putty masking process because I've never done it before. This taught me what I needed to know before I proceed on my 1/48 Airfix AVG P-40B. Which, admittedly, has been languishing for a very long time.
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Funny you're sharing your experience with masking putty. I've ordered AK masking putty last week as well as other stuff like sanding sticks and a drill vise. Also ordered a zimmerit tool to use with epoxy putty or even other type of putty. Make another order this for paints to avoid they get ruined as the risk of freezing during night can happen very soon.
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I have all of that except for the Zim tool. I've not tried my hand at that yet and I keep avoiding it lol.

I'm not sure where you keep your paints, but they should survive the cold. Mine did last year. Of course, I'm in Washington state and it's not going to get as cold down here as it will where you are, my friend.
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In fact the problem is that I have to order my paints online and after october the temperature can be so cold it can damage the paint during transport.
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For the zimmerit I maybe will try decals first to know where it was usually an after that I will maybe make an attempt to reproduce it by using epoxy putty.
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Some details painted in for later and another couple panel tone changes, and then an enamel clear Cote to seal it up.

In the background you can see the included Humbrol colors that came with the kit. They are far darker than the colors printed on the packaging that I used for my reference.

The weird thing is that each of the colors took the gloss differently. Some smooth and some like a fine sandpaper - almost gritty.

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Today I started on a Burnt Umber oil pin wash for the upper surfaces. I've chosen Phthalo Blue oil for the bottom but have not applied it yet.

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Looking like a really nice Tomahawk, Mike.  P-40 always was one of my favourite fighters.
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Same here, Kit. This is my favorite fighter of the period and I am a sucker for shark mouthed P-40's in particular lol.

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This is getting better and better... I really like it. The colors are beautiful... almost like those snake you must find in the desert. Never saw one... I just imagine ...😊😊😊
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Thanks, Alain!

Kit, I do have an affinity for P-40's!

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Isn't it wonderful how gloss cotes can show you every little painting flaw sometimes?

There were some pretty distinct raised edges along some of my camo scheme that were accentuated by the gloss. I went over them with a wet/dry 4000 grit sanding pad to level them out.

I also got a bit jumpy with the roundels on the lower wings, applying them before the clear had fully cured. I knew I should've waited til tomorrow (facepalm) but I just couldn't wait. So there will be some paint touch-ups (like usual for me) after I get all of these decals on tomorrow.

For now, I need to add a new Cote of gloss and let it dry overnight. Ah, learning curves... Amazing teachers.

One thing I have learned with this build is that thin cotes of gloss layered on with a brush work better than one thick one out of a spray can. And now I know, and knowing is half the battle. Go Joe!

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