1/48th Macchi Veltro C.205,Hasegawa MTO, WWII
Something a little different tonite. We have Hasegawa’s excellent Veltro in 48th scale. When I first started to plan on this particular project, my biggest dilemma was what scheme to replicate. Thinking this may be the only Veltro I may ever build I decided to go with the difficult smoke ring scheme. A few tips ahead of time revealed that you can get the rings in decal form, which could be the easy way out, then again how long would it take to appy each decal. So since I have done a few Luftwaffe schemes which can be quite challenging. I figured I was up to the task. Using Aeromaster Acrylics, for the Lt blue grey lower color. This version did not have the wrap around type scheme that the Veltros (Greyhound) would sometimes appear. The tan was a mixture of Model Master Tan Special and Desert Yellow, The Dark Green smoke rings was xtracolour enamel of USMC Dk Green. Using the enamel paint is much easier to appy carefully with very little clogging issues with the airbrush. Was a little sloppy at the start, but as I got into routine on apply the rings it got easier as I made my way front to back starting at the nose on the LH side of the fuselage. Using Eduard’s interior zoom set, Interior Green was used for the cockpit interior, RLM02 Grey for the wheel bays and gear. Wasn’t quite sure if the lower blue grey carried over into the wheel bays. Aeromaster decals for the scheme were used. Not a show plane, but a nice addition to my WWII Axis collection that participated in the MTO. A very capable fighter in the right hands. Not too many were built in time to contribute to the Italian Air Force. A little smaller than the Mustang, more in line with the Fw-190. Not too many issues with the build. Just the normal filler around the wing to lower fuselage join. The cowl was a separate piece and some work there as well otherwise a nice build. Just painting the smoke rings was the only challenge. Thanks for viewing
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