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Duxford 1938, pt. 6

January 23 2012 at 5:55 AM

Stuart Milliken  (Login StuartMilliken)
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Happy Chinese New Year! The holiday has given me more modelling time than usual, so the Spitfire is moving right along. In this installment: the dreaded decals.

I started with non-decals; I decide to paint the thin lines on the wings instead of fussing with the decal lines. First, a bit of masking (I'm paranoid about overspray; once burned twice cautious):

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and the results:

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The above photo also shows the effect of three coats of Future--slicker 'n an eel in a bucket of snot. Trying hard to convince the decals to be nice to me.

Then the decalling began, staring with the bottom. I resolved to use every single stencil called for:

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Then the top:

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The decals went on very well and are nice and opaque, though maybe a bit thick. I used Micro Set and Micro Sol, to which the decals reacted well (although I'm still waiting for the wrinkles to resolve themselves on the port wing roundel).

You may have noticed that I have not followed the kit instructions for wing roundel placement. There's only supposed to be one upper wing roundel; the other one is supposed to go on the underside of the white wing. That is in fact correct, though strange looking. I've seen photographs showing it that way. But, tough. I want my Spitfire with the more usual marking, so I put both roundels on top. Evidently there was quite a bit of experimenting with roundel types and positions in the late '30s.

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Note that the blue isn't really that light; that's an artifact of the lighting. You may also notice some silvering, despite the bucket of snot. I'm hoping that will disappear under another gloss coat of Future followed by a matte coat.

So I exhale a sigh of relief; I'm basically out of the woods on decalling this one. Next, a gloss coat followed by a dark wash for the control surface lines, then a matte coat, final assembly and weathering. Not sure if I'll finish before leaving for Hong Kong on Thursday, but I'll try.

Thanks for looking!


This message has been edited by StuartMilliken from IP address on Jan 23, 2012 6:01 AM

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