RAAF Catalina "The Dabster" 1/72

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Re: RAAF Catalina "The Dabster" 1/72

Postby thommo » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:21 am

I noted the black on my test wing was a fair bit blacker after I clear-coated it, hoping that will also happen on the real thing as it is a touch light for my liking atm. Last night I sprayed on the roundels and fin flashes and masked them off. Tonight, back to the black & chipping.
The other thing that happens with this chipping technique is that the water on the brush used to rub off the top coat tends to leave a few slightly darker areas. Can't decide if I like this, or will touch it up?
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Re: RAAF Catalina "The Dabster" 1/72

Postby thommo » Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:02 am

Wings done. Quite happy with the hairspray chipping method, though some bits 'wear' a bit more realistically then others. Don't leave it more than maybe 30mins to start removing the topcoat or it gets harder to remove. I only waited 5-10mins in most cases.

Camo masking using instructions from another decal set blown up 221% on printer.

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Masking removed, need to dirty up the roundels a bit later

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Gloss coat applied to seal it

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Re: RAAF Catalina "The Dabster" 1/72

Postby bell209 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:51 am

Looks good!
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Re: RAAF Catalina "The Dabster" 1/72

Postby thommo » Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:34 pm

Gloss coat, then decals on, then decals chipped with black paint and oversprayed with thin matt black to fade/blend (though still not nearly as chipped as on the real thing).

Wings have a light grey salt wash to make it all look salty (still to do that on fuselage yet). Also some dirty wash on roundels and decals to make them look less pristine. In the end I used a pastel sludge wash for both as it is far more forgiving than Mig enamel washes if you screw it up.

The decals I got on Ebay (Plane Bits Decals) and they would have to be the best performing decals I've ever used, bedded down tight as a fishes bum with Microsol. I did trim the carrier film close on the bigger code letters.

Even though it has a gloss coat, it actually looks about right, though it will need another to seal the decals, washes and the oil wash yet to come.

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Re: RAAF Catalina "The Dabster" 1/72

Postby thommo » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:33 am

Wing on and my first major fit problem encountered. The wing was not parallel with the tailplanes. Either the tailplanes are slightly off, or the wing is? Anyhow, I glued the wind in parallel alignment which now means some surgery is needed on the wing struts to get them to fit.

Exhaust stains done with oils. Everything sealed with Tamiya gloss clear with some flat base mixed in.

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Re: RAAF Catalina "The Dabster" 1/72

Postby RayS » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:41 am

Looks great Thommo. The weathering is very effective.
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Re: RAAF Catalina "The Dabster" 1/72

Postby Brenden S » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:22 pm

work of art right there.
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Re: RAAF Catalina "The Dabster" 1/72

Postby thommo » Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:28 am

In the home stretch. Just got to add the very complex antenna wires, a couple of little touch ups, then onto another first - building a sea base to display it. To get the wing aligned with the tailplanes, I had to take a mm or so off the port-side struts, and add a mm or so to the starboard struts using Tamiya epoxy.

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Re: RAAF Catalina "The Dabster" 1/72

Postby thommo » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:49 am

Model done. Awaiting materials to arrive to build the display base.

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Re: RAAF Catalina "The Dabster" 1/72

Postby RayS » Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:43 pm

Looks fantastic Thommo, the gun shields and antenna work is a nice touch.
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