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marc2109

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Hello All,

I am building the Spitfire along with Bobby's videos.  I am unclear about a couple of things.

1.  Where is the color demarcation line along the leading edge?  Is it in the middle or the bottom of the leading edge?

2. Shouldn't the wheel wells be painted the interior green color instead of the underside exterior color?

3.   I may have missed it, but it didn't appear that the top side of the model was pre-shaded like the bottom was, and I couldn't find if Bobby said he did it off camera.  If it wasn't pre-shaded like the bottom, what would be the reason for this?

THanks for any help!
 
 
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nigel56

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I can help you with Q3.

As the topside is a brown & green camouflage it would be pointless doing preshading as it will not work on the darker green. Preshading the underside is fine as it's one light colour, either sky grey or sky blue, and the black shadow will show through.

To get the same sort of effect on the topside will require you to do post shading, where you lighten and darken the original colour within each panel. Some people call it bleaching. It's a very thinned out wash so as to blend in.

I'm sure he goes into greater detail about this in one of his video builds.

Hope this has enlightened you a little.
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Brundledonk

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Nigel's spot on regarding the preshading on the top surface, it just doesn't work well underneath dark colours I did it when I painted my spitfire and it could barely be seen.

Regarding the wheel wells, IIRC Spits had them painted aluminum at the factory ,but during its service life they did get repainted and I guess some have been finished in the underside colour. you could see if you can find any pictures of the actual aircraft you are building, but to be honest it's a mare trying to figure out colours from a black and white pic so It may not help
When I built my MkIi, I painted them the underside colour

I have always masked the line at the centre of the leading edge, I don't think it extends further than that as you can't see the camo colours when looking at the underside

Hope this helps

Pete

Edit.

Early spits had painted aluminum wheel wells, later marks may have been interior green
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marc2109

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Thanks Pete for that info.  I guess that does it then.  Thank you gentlemen.
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