Smeg's Fiat CR.42bis Falco

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Re: Smeg's Fiat CR.42bis Falco

Postby smeg1959 » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:49

Another "fun bit", the Hungarian tricolour tail. A little masking here and there, and we're off and running. I've already done the white (Tamiya TS-2 rattle can). These photos are progress shots after the red (Lifecolor LC06) has been sprayed on the tail and yellow (Tamiya XF-3) sprayed on the lower wingtips.

Fiat CR42 Falco - Hungarian AF V-234 (02).jpg

Fiat CR42 Falco - Hungarian AF V-234 (03).jpg

Unless I can conjure up some Humbrol 120, I might be blending my own emerald green colour for the final stripe.
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Re: Smeg's Fiat CR.42bis Falco

Postby MerlinJones » Fri Jul 14, 2017 18:48

No Humbrol H2?
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Re: Smeg's Fiat CR.42bis Falco

Postby smeg1959 » Mon Jul 17, 2017 0:43

With no local source of the Humbrol acrylics anymore, the issue would be full gloss enamel over acrylic. Having had issues with this combo before - the solvents in the enamel redissolving the acrylic - I'm reluctant to go down that path. But more of that very soon. In the meantime, I went with a 50/50 blend of Tamiya XF-11 IJN Green with XF-2 White. The result with all extraneous masking removed?

Fiat CR42 Falco - Hungarian AF V-234 (04).jpg

Fiat CR42 Falco - Hungarian AF V-234 (05).jpg

Happy with the colour combo (the red is a bit darker in reality than in the photo), not quite with some paint ridging with the mask, not at all with the fact that some of the XF-19 on the underside has lifted with the removal of the tape. #^$@ and other choice expletives! Once again, Tamiya acrylics prove a problem. Got me thinking but, as I don't want to detour any more in this particular thread, my ponderings can be found elsewhere. Needless to say, when I'm sure red, white, green and yellow are well and truly cured, then and only then will I mask them off, redo the underside grey, then finally progress to the two greens on the upper surfaces.
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Re: Smeg's Fiat CR.42bis Falco

Postby MerlinJones » Mon Jul 17, 2017 17:33

That tail looks smart, Smeg!
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Re: Smeg's Fiat CR.42bis Falco

Postby ajmm » Mon Jul 17, 2017 19:16

Agreed - that's looking great despite your masking difficulties (which I can't see evidence of). This is building up beautifully.
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Re: Smeg's Fiat CR.42bis Falco

Postby smeg1959 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:04

Clever photography on my behalf, Angus ... it is actually the fuselage between the back of the wings and the tail. I masked my multicoloured bits and resprayed the area this morning before work (seize the moment and all that). With luck, I'll mask the underside and do the greens shortly.

MerlinJones wrote:That tail looks smart, Smeg!

I think it would be more appropriate on a barber's pole and completely compromises the whole idea behind camouflage but hey, that was the Hungarians' call.
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Re: Smeg's Fiat CR.42bis Falco

Postby smeg1959 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:07

Gunze H312 applied. Whilst I, like others, have issues with this brand for hairy stick application, I have to admit to being really quite impressed by the way it airbrushed, nice and consistent with no nozzle blockages. As with many Gunze colours, it is semi-gloss, so it will need toning down with a matt clear coat later on.

Fiat CR42 Falco - Hungarian AF V-234 (06).jpg

Next step is the Foliage Green … sorry, Verde Mimetico 2 … mottle. Given my issues with fine airbrushing of Lifecolor in the past (yes, blocked nostrils), I’ve splashed out and bought Gunze’s version of FS34092, H302.
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Re: Smeg's Fiat CR.42bis Falco

Postby smeg1959 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 23:18

Well, this should have been easily finished by now, except for the fact that I have revisited my experiences from GB1 and, eh, ended up in hospital again. Same anatomical region as in 2015, this time it's a hernia (those F-Toys' gashapon are heavier than you think).

Surgeon estimates a week or so on the ward. As it is a 2-bed arrangement, not sure how my fellow patient will handle the noise of an airbrush compressor or the expletives hurled at the modelling knife. :roll:
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Re: Smeg's Fiat CR.42bis Falco

Postby ajmm » Fri Jul 21, 2017 23:52

Sheesh Smeg, hope you're alright. :shock: That's no fun at all for you. Hope they don't subject you to anything too onerous in there

All the best, pal. Hope you're out and about before too long.
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Re: Smeg's Fiat CR.42bis Falco

Postby F_IV » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:07

All the best from me too. I hope the docs can trim your sprues, reposition your etch, and give you a fresh coat of clear so we can have you back soon.
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