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Roden 1/48 Gloster Gladiator Mk II in Finnish markings.
Tamiya 1/32 P-51 D Mustang flown by Capt. Henry W. ‘Baby’ Brown of the 354th FS. 353 FG.
Tamiya 1/48 Nakajima N1J1-Sa Type 11 Gekko Late Version flown by WO Juzo Kuramoto and navigated by Lt Shiro Kurotori of the Yokosuka Kokutai.
Revell 1/32 Heinkel He 219 Uhu carrying the markings of an aircraft flying with I/NJG1.
Thank you very much!
Chris, I really like the bare metal aluminum on the Gladiator. I don’t know much about the Gladiator, and whether your goal was to produce a painted aluminum surface, or bare metal, but it looks great. It looks like weathered aluminum. Can you share with us the type of products used to replicate this finish, and secondly, did you overcoat it with either a dull coat, or semi-gloss lacquer finish? If it’s Alclad, do you overcoat the surface first, or do you weather directly on the Alclad II with oils? Thank you again.
Hi DJ, there was actually no bare metal on these Finnish Gladiators. They were painted light blue on their undersurfaces and dark green on the top. When serving on the Winter front they had this rather irregular silver pattern applied. As the rear fuselage and wings were actually covered with stretched fabric, I think a silver dope was used and as it was probably applied in the field, each aircraft was different. The silver I used was Alclad ALC Aluminium and it was sprayed over the initial green/blue scheme so no primer coat was needed. No clear coat was used as I wanted the uneven appearance of the dull cammo to contrast against the shine of the silver overspray. All weathering was done using water based acrylics.
Hope this answers your questions.
All the best,
Another question about your NMF. This time on the Tamiya 1/32 P-51 D Mustang flown by Capt. Henry W. ‘Baby’ Brown of the 354th FS. 353 FG. Was this also Alclad?
Hi Steve, yes two or three shades of Alclad plus I recall using Rub-n-Buff in some areas as well. Sorry I can’t be more specific, but this was a commission build done several years ago and my memory is not as good as it used to be.