Keeping it Clear
Attaching clear parts before painting may seem an
unnatural act -- maybe it is -- but doing so carefully can add more realism
to a model by making the frames look like part of the aircraft structure.
Since the Tamiya parts fit so well, I didn't have to worry too much about
filling large gaps between the clear framing and the fuselage. Using sparing
applications of Ambroid ProWeld, the windscreen and rear fixed section
fitted in a tight, scale-like panel demarcation.
I use Parafilm M for most canopy masking. Once you get used to the idea of
using a fresh X-Acto blade and a light touch to cut along canopy frame
lines, the stuff gives much better results than masking tape, clear tape,
masking fluid, PVA white glue or any other masking medium you can choose for
The cockpit and canopy insides were then covered with strips of 3M blue
Painter's Masking Tape and damp facial tissue (Fig. 2). A wet brush allows
you to poke and prod the tissue to seal off openings, while the Painter's
Tape removes easily with effectively no residue up to seven days after
application. I also masked the main canopy section inside and out, mounting
it on a piece of dowel rod.
Humidity is a summertime occupational hazard in my area, but I had to wet
sand only a couple of small sections of orange peel with 800 and 1,000 grit
before wiping the Spit down with a denatured alcohol-soaked piece of t-shirt
and a tack rag.
Using the various commercially-available military standard paint raises an
issue -- the paints are generally mixed to exact milspecs and are going to
look unnaturally dark on a model due to scale effect. Generally speaking,
the further a full-sized painted object is away from you, the lighter the
colors are going to appear.
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