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M.Brindos

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I've had this sitting around in a silver finish for some time now. Just waiting for me to care to finish it. Today I spent hours and hours just figuring out how my new compressor works with my airbrush. I pretty much used up almost the entire day just to get this paint thing figured out.

Seems it's a whole new arena I'm entering into here. Not only did I have to get on the quick side of learning "how" to airbrush, but also to figure out how to mix my paints so that they work in the AB. There is much more to this than I thought there was.

Okay, so this is how far I got today with my Spitfire. This came in a blister pack, pre-painted, and easy "snap" together construction. I sanded down all of the raised panel lines and did a little research into Fighters from India. What I found out is that the Spitfires that were sent to India were all silver with very little decoration and no camo patterns at all.

So that's how this plane has been sitting for months. Silver with a Green nose for the squadron leader.

BORING. So this is what I did all day with my AB. I hope you guys like what I've done. Its all free hand and took me forever. The only color missing is the tan I made up but didn't get a chance to spray yet.













In that last picture you can see the tan that goes on next. I must admit, using the AB gets me vastly different results and an entirely different type of control. This is surely going to be addictive lol.
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Haha! Yes it can be addictive Mike! Nice work mate, that looks really cool.
Is that a sub-continental camo pattern? Or one you've conjured from the creative dept? Looks great! [smile]

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Just making it up as I go. I'm not trying to replicate any specific patterns till I know what I'm doing lol.

But so far its looking a lot like a multicam pattern. If I add a lighter green after the tan then that's probably what I'll end up with lol.

I don't know, I'm just playing with the AB. Lol. [smile]
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That's what it's there for! [biggrin]
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Wait till I post pictures! [smile]
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First thing I did this morning was to get that tan I made up last night sprayed on. I didn't like it so much and it made my Green-Black just look black. So I loaded up some medium green adn thinned it down a bit so I could just layer it on lightly.


^ Tan. Meh, not impressed.

So I sprayed on my green and did a light overspray over the tan and got this;




Here are the markings I'm going with;


And I got a nice smooth cote of semi gloss on there. I discovered that since I used a silver car paint for the base it is super easy to chip off the acrylic just by touching the paint. I had to be super carefull while I handled this stupid thing. But now it should be protected as I go to the next stage of flipping it upside-down and spraying on a lovely sky blue onto it. In india they used a rather startling sky blue color that was almost an aquamarine. I toned mine down a bunch, but its still quite clearly blue lol. Its going to be pretty.

Anyways, thanks for looking in as I continue to play with my AB setup lol.

Honestly if you guys see anything I should take note of, PLEASE let me know so I can start working on fixing the situation. Thanks guys.
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[wink]


Edit: must also refresh before adding memes as the show's already started!! Hahaha!

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"Honestly if you guys see anything I should take note of, PLEASE let me know so I can start working on fixing the situation. Thanks guys."

I think you're figuring it out yourself just nicely Mike. I don't think there's any great mystery to airbrushing. To me it's just a matter of getting the air pressure right for the mix you are spraying, and keeping it as clean as possible. Unless you're going to get into fine art airbrushing, that's a whole different animal.
Oh, two things I do that others may not, because my spraying style includes sharp movements sometimes. Is colour cup cap on, always!! And needle guard on, ALWAYS! lol
Other than that I think you've got it going on. [smile]
Where's my popcorn??

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I have some Italian markings as well. Maybe I could represent this as a post war plane? I love Italian makings! Plus the camo kinda reminds me of some of the Italian schemes I've seen.

What do you guys think? Indian, or Italian?

edit; Post war Italian Spitfires had the markings changed to red/white/green roundels. It can't be post war.  [tongue]

Perhaps a captured or stolen aircraft? Maybe something supplied early before Britain's entry into the conflict? It is an early war Spitfire after all.

I need thoughts and comments please!
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I like those Indian "cartwheel" roundels Mike, but up to you mate. [smile]
Surprise us?

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I ran home and sprayed the bottom blue.  [smile]







And here are the Italian markings I have;



So... yeah. I like them both. Going the Italian route will mean that I have some masking to do for some white. Such as the tail cross and a wide band around the fuselage. All I need for the Italian markings are some squadron numbers, which I think I can scrounge up if I look hard enough.

Your input has been noted Simon.  [smile]
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Looking good!! [thumb][thumb]
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She's already made a few practice flights above the desk lol. Now I have to pretend to be patient and let the paint cure for at least a day... or do I? Yes [sigh].

Hey guys, I don't care if you're new here. You're one of us now and I need more opinions, so if you're reading this, chime in!  [biggrin]  [thumb]


India, or Italy?
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I really like the Italian markings! They would look great on your Spitfire :-). Do I understand this right: your new to AB??? This camo is amazing! Have to get an AB... Wanna play to, lol
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looks like you got off to a great start with the AB. only note I got is that you might have considered some primer over that silver to help the camo coats stick better? or maybe a light sanding with fine fine grit?[".. I discovered that since I used a silver car paint for the base it is super easy to chip off the acrylic just by touching the paint..."]. looks like you got it under control my friend.push forward. I'm split on the decals--flip a coin?
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