Week 56  This week we are due to receive the wing tip skids, but they have been delayed.

The bits we received

Photo to follow

And what we did with them

I cleaned the parts and sprayed them with shite car primer first.  Then they were painted with a dark brown paint.

Next comes the dry brushing.  This is quite a simle technique, but needs a little explanation.  First take a contrastig colour.  I use a tan colour.  Dip the brush in and wipe off all the excess paint.  Now take some scrap paper and paint it until no more paint is coming off the brush.  I.e. It is dry !  Then just brush the skids with this dry brush.  Slowly the little remaining paint on the brush will highlight the raised texture.  The photo below shows the before and after.  You will need to recharge the brush several times tom complete each skid.  While you're practicing, it is best to start with a brush that is too dry rather than not dry enough.  Dont worry if you get too much paint on the part.  Wait for it to dry, then dry brush over it with the original colour.  That will tone down the effect.

Finally, paint in the metal parts.  I used a steel colour.  I find that silver is too bright for most metal parts.

(Click on this image for a hi res image)

Hot tip of the week

Use a medium or large, old brush for dry brushing.  The technique ruins new brushes.

Items not yet competed

Week 47 : Tail Skid support

Week 51 : Fix the cockpit bulkhead

Week 53 : Fix the seat support brackets

Week 56 : Wing tip skids

How many hours does it take to build the model ??

This week :

2 hrs

Running total :

132 hrs

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