Project Valkyrie: Planning for painting  

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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:

Undercoat Coat:
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.

The Exterior:
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.

Tidy Up
Landing Skids - Black and Graphite

The Decals:
Apply the Decals to the last layer of paint!  Not after its been Varnished! you muppet (Thats me, not you)!

Engine Cowling:
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.

Exterior Weathering:
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:
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.

Tutorial Index
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

Final Report

Building a Flying Stand

VMA: Vallejo Model Air
VMC: Vallejo Model Colour
VGC:  Vallejo Game Colour
C: Citadael
AOC: Windsor Newton Artists Oil Colour
CW: Citadel Wash

Project: Valkyrie Squadron Part 2  

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Constructing the major components
 I have finally had some time to build the major components (Yes I fall into the 'Build Paint it as components' school of thought)  ready for painting.  After having glued the components together however I realised I should have glued the other half of the nose section to the body.  This would have allowed me to magentise the weapon mount before painitng, as it is I will have to paint the model to the point I can fit the crew module before glueing on the side panel and fitting the magnet.

Not shown here are the wings.  I plan to magnetise the wing hard points so they remain un-assembled.

The next step will be to paint the interiors on the three hulls at the same time.  I will be undercoating the interior with citadael white.  Then using my newly aquired airbrush I will be painting the interior a tan base colour.