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The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member29 Sep 2016 7:12 p.m. PST

I finished a 1/144 scale Type M Caquot observation balloon from Reduced Aircraft Factory Shapeways shop.


I selected a model in the Black, Strong and Flexible material. This stuff is a big improvement over the much more porous White Strong and Flexible material and well worth the extra couple of dollars for the amount of time it saves in surface preparation.

I primed the model with white gesso.


Painting the basket and lines was the not the hardest task, but it was the messiest.


After applying 2-3 coats of the gesso and letting it dry thoroughly (like 24 hours between coats), I proceeded to paint the model. The base coat was yellow ochre with the highlight panels done a light yellow called Lemonade.

I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out. Given the rarity and expense associated with the Wings of War balloons, this was a good substitute for those out of print models.



It should get lots of work on the game table.

for more details and pictures, here's a link to the blog.


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2016 7:21 p.m. PST

Oh, that is nice.

Personal logo Dances with Clydesdales Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2016 2:59 a.m. PST

Very nice!

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2016 5:58 a.m. PST

That thing is bigger than I thought. Nice model and great paint job.

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2016 3:13 p.m. PST

Nicely done, sir!

Mako11 Inactive Member30 Sep 2016 5:21 p.m. PST

Looks superb!

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