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Windward29 Jan 2020 7:37 p.m. PST

I have a bunch of 1/600th B-17s to paint in green over gray. I was contemplating using an air gun to paint the bottoms gray. Then flip them over and with an air brush try to do a controlled spray of green from the top and hitting the sides.

I would then follow up with a brush to trim up the green gray line with gray, covering over any green over spray. Since I have 64 of these to paint, do you think this strategy will work to save time?

The idea is the underside should be pretty clean.

Zephyr129 Jan 2020 10:26 p.m. PST

That's how I would do it… ;-)

Karellian Knight30 Jan 2020 6:16 a.m. PST

Sounds like a good plan to me.

Col Durnford30 Jan 2020 6:54 a.m. PST

Seems like the quickest to get the job done.

coopman30 Jan 2020 8:34 a.m. PST

64??? What rules are you using for such a massive air battle?

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2020 11:39 a.m. PST

I do something similar with rattle cans, but I just primer the whole thing in the underside color, then spray the top/sides with the cammo color. If I'm very careful, no touch-up is necessary, and I don't have to try to match the bottom color with brush paints. Using an airbrush solves this problem for you, since you can just brush on the exact same paint you previously sprayed.

The all-silver late war scheme is much easier. grin

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Windward30 Jan 2020 12:02 p.m. PST

It's a giant Check Your 6! game the bombers are just targets that the fighters will attack and defend. The trick is you don't move the bombers, just slide the fighters down stream each turn.

Windward30 Jan 2020 6:50 p.m. PST

Ix I going to, but the scenario is March 44 the silvers are just arriving into the line.

d88mm194031 Jan 2020 7:10 p.m. PST

After the bottom is dry, you could put them on a thin layer of cheap modelling clay. This would insure the bottom is protected. And clay only cost a couple of bucks and can be used for other things after.

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