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Vespasian2819 Dec 2020 6:05 a.m. PST

About to re-start a project not completed back in '89 for what was then "modern" naval warfare now best described as "cold war" naval.
Ships all done back in the day but now need to add the aerial element so has anyone any hints and tips about painting Tomcats, Seasprites,Intruders, Backfires, Hormones etc.
Basically grey I would think but what techniques are best at this scale. How do you do canopies for instance?

Any advice much appreciated.

Sundance19 Dec 2020 6:32 a.m. PST

For canopies I've seen light blue, light grey, or black with light streaks across them, though at that scale light blue or light grey would be better. You can find paint schemes for all the aircraft you'd want at Wings Palette. It takes a minute to get used to using, but it's pretty easy once you figure it out. And yes, most of them are shades of grey.

Murvihill19 Dec 2020 9:43 a.m. PST

I've painted mine silver.

d88mm194019 Dec 2020 11:05 a.m. PST

I use a #2 pencil for cockpits in this scale.
Real sharp…

colkitto19 Dec 2020 2:32 p.m. PST

I do mine light grey, with very dark grey for the canopies. Having looked at lots of pictures I decided that unless you are looking across a canopy – straight through it, in which case it's clear – what you mostly see is dark shadow. And I finish with a dark wash, for shadow and highlighting of some lines. I am happy with it!

Thresher0119 Dec 2020 7:48 p.m. PST

Dark gray for canopies, with a gloss coat over that.

Decals will be a nightmare, I imagine, so you may want to forgo those.

wardog20 Dec 2020 1:23 p.m. PST

i second d88mm 1940 pencil

Vespasian2822 Dec 2020 2:10 p.m. PST

Thanks all for the advice, much appreciated.

Bozkashi Jones29 Dec 2020 12:38 p.m. PST

I use dark prussian blue with a white flash as a reflection. Plenty of photos here:

TMP link

To be honest, I'm not really happy with my painting on these as the casts are quite smooth – if there isn't much detail, a wash can't bring the detail out! Next time I'll paint on some shadows.

Decals are the very smallest I could find and are still too big on the US jets, though the Iranian phantoms look okay.


Vespasian2803 Jan 2021 2:27 p.m. PST

Thanks Nick for the photos and advice.
Thought about decals but at that scale I think I'll do without!

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