Planning for Painting
I fore-see painting these models taking a long time and being done in many stages, so I think some forward planning might be in order to keep me on track. I have laid out my plan here below for my own reference and I will probably have to up date it as practicalities rear their ugly heads. At the bottom of this post is a list of links to tutorial videos I found on painting using an airbrush. I will be following these quite closely. It is the colour scheme I had in mind anyway (A miss spent youth poring over books on the luftwaffe has obviously left me hopelessly corrupt) so thart was a bonus when I came across the guides.
Assemble the major components:
Spray Can of Citadael Skull white.
The Cargo bay:
Basecoat VMA: Dark Yellow. Spray all of the inerior and the Inside surface of the doors and the rear cargo hatch.
Mix black VGC:Black and C:Scortched brown (1:2) . Use a sponge to dab the mix lightly to the areas of crew contact. More on the floor less on the walls.
Pick out the buttons in white then paint a layer of green or blue or red on the buttons.
Pick out other details like the stanchions in metalics
Thin AOC: Burnt umber and wash it into the detail on the walls and floor. This adds depth to the detail as well as adding a patina of age to the interior. Once this is dry, add some MIG: European Dust weathering powder to the mix and wash it around the floor.
The Light fittings are oversprayed with thinned VMA: Yellow on the area surrounding the light fittings. This should be very subtle.
Preshading and base colour
Spray all of the panel ines with Vallajo Model Air Black (Tutorial Part 4b: Painting Techniques: BF109 Preshading).
Apply the Basic hull colours by filling in the middle of each panel towards the outer edge. Then a broad overspray of the same base colour to make the preshading a bit more subtle.:
Side Elevation: VMA: Light Grey
Upper surface: [VMA: Dark Grey]:[VMA: Light Grey] at 3:1
For the mottling Use the upper surfcae colour above, but thin to 1:1 pigment to thinners
Squadron Markings Colours:
I masked the Tail aelerons and boom rings and sprayed them VMA:white. Give the white some time to dry and spray the white sections VMA: Yellow.
Landing Skids - Black and Graphite
Apply the Decals to the last layer of paint! Not after its been Varnished! you muppet (Thats me, not you)!
I am going to go for a heat blasted rust. Start with a base coat of C:Snake Bite Leather. On the rear ring, Paint in C:Chainmail. Add alternate layers of CW: Asuriman Blue and CW: Ball Red across the whole engine cowl. When it starts looking right, wash with thined AOC: Burnt umber and AOC: Black.
Thin AOC: Burnt umber and wash it into the details. This adds depth to the detail.
Spray VMA: Dark Yellow onto the areas heat damaged by the engine exaust and Laz cannon mounts. The Dark Yellow is thinned with Model Air thinners 2:1 instead of the usual 3:1.
Spray VMA: Black onto the center of the areas heat damaged by the engine exaust. The Black is thinned with Model Air thinners 2:1 instead of the usual 3:1.
The Cockpit Interior
Using this tutorial link as as a guide
Base Coat: Black Grey
Panel Lines/ Stains thinned Black /Brown Mix sprayed
Further Panel line definition by Oil wash of Black/brown
Detailing: Lead pencil to highlight the edges of crew contact areas with a metailic tinge
Orange plastic control surfaces
The crew will be wearing a tan uniform (VMC: Khaki) and green armour plates (VMC: Luftwaffe cam green) with with a white helmet.
For all Vallejo Model Air thin all paints 3 drops colour: 1 Drop Thinner Unless otherwise specified.
From Testors Scale Workshop
Full list of Testors Tutorials
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Introduction: Tools
Part 3: Introduction: Aribrush
Part 4a: Introduction: Painting
Part 4b: Painting Techniques: BF109 Preshading
Apply a Body Colour to top and sides
Apply an Upper surface Colour
Apply the lower surface Colour
Part 5: Painting Techniques: BF109 Masking
Part 6: Painting Techniques: BF109 Masking Techniques and Mottling
Part 7: Decal Tools and Techniques
Part 8: Compare to Real Thing
Part 9: Panel Line Washes
Interiors: Part 1
Interiors: Part 2
Post Shading: Part 1
Post Shading: Part 2
Chipping and exaust stains
Applying a Flat Coat to a scale model
Applying Future to Clear plastic Parts
Building a Flying Stand
VMA: Vallejo Model Air
VMC: Vallejo Model Colour
VGC: Vallejo Game Colour
AOC: Windsor Newton Artists Oil Colour
CW: Citadel Wash