Revell 1/72 Be-6 Madge
August 26, 2015 in Aviation
This was a build from 2013, and was my first attempt at scratch building out a cockpit, and for using a oil dot filter treatment to breakup a single color scheme.
This was an old kit, and the cockpit area was just a solid blank of plastic intended to be covered over by the canopy. I found some old pics of a deteriorating Madge (included) and used what I could see as direction to build out the cockpit – starting with reaming out the solid plastic with my dremel. (This build was before I thought about WIP pics). Unfortunately, the canopy is of such quality that you really can’t see the detail – only that something is under the glass besides solid plastic!
I also added chin scoops and vents on to the nacelles, as well as the exhaust pipes (see old pic for reference), which were made from cutting sprue elbows to size and drilling them out. The existing intake on the nacelle was not accurate at all, but I decided that was more than I wanted to tackle.
I also added the ariel masts and wires.
I brush painted the bottom a custom mix of blue, and rattle can sprayed the upper surfaces. After panel wash for the few engraved lines around the control surfaces, I used oil washes on the bottom of the fuselage and wing floats to get the “sitting in the water” look, along with a Flory wash (sp?) to get the salt buildup on the floats and aft fuselage. Then used the oil dot filtering treatment to breakup the upper surface color, using white, yellow, a couple of greens and some black.
Decals were all aftermarket, as those in the box were so old they were worthless.
I love unusual subjects (and old, cheap kits), and although it was more work than I intended, I’m glad I tackled it.
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