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Dragon 1/32 Bf110C Nightfighter WIP – No Black paint was used in the commission of this ‘sin’….

August 29, 2013 · in How-to · · 8 · 1.5K

This is a WIP of my 110C-7 kit, painted as L1+DH of NJG3, as it was photographed at Benghazi, Libya in 1941, with replacement tail surfaces from a Dayfighter.

What makes it "interesting" is that I used no black paint to achieve the weathered black finish (Which still needs some more work on it). BTW: a "Filter coat is a heavily thinned almost translucent coat of colour, it should make the under colour look Blue-ish or red-ish, NOT BLUE or RED.

I have also done a bit of post-shading and exhaust plumes, but only a 'starter for 10's ' worth...

Cut to the brief version:

  1. Paint the plane in Bottle Tamiya Dark Olive Drab.
  2. Mask a random number of panels (more on upper surface than lower) and paint those light to med BLUE. Ignore any overspray- it will add to the final effect anyway...
  3. Mask a few more and apply a filter coat of that blue to them. Once dry remove all masking.
  4. Mask a new number of random panels and paint a darkish red-brown.
  5. Remove masking and apply ALLOVER filter coat of same reddish brown.
    6.Take some very dark blue (midnite blue) and apply filter coat of that. (Not too much or it will be "too Blue" to the eye.
    7 If it is a bit "too Blue" apply a final mixed filter coat of RLM 66 Shwartzgrau AND Tamiya Smoke in 50/50 proportions. This should cut back any colour to a gray effect.
    8.Have a long stiff drink! It should look like above...
    The last photo is the closest photo to the actual colour to the eye. The others are a bit too blue, why I do not know.


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3  Awesome

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8 responses

  1. Genius work on the color. I have written all that down for future reference.

  2. Agree with TC. Faaaaabulous work.

  3. Yep Fantastic!
    I have to much of a problem spraying 1 color...
    But it looks great

  4. This is a variation on the dot method...after painting a model one randomly applies dots of paint in various primary colors on the model to be blended in or glazed onto the surface of the model. The rational for doing this is to promote eye movement and stimulate the brain look at and follow the various outlines and textures of the subject. In this case by randomly applying patches of colors and lightly over spraying them with various shades of browns,blues, and reds the same effect can be achieved and in this case it works very well indeed. With the red-brown making the "Black" appear to be warmer. I might add that this is a old artists trick that many commercial artists used before the advent of computers and I'm sure that it dates back to earlier periods of European art.

    Great model. Two thumbs up on this one. Looking forward to the completed build.

  5. very fine job

  6. You've inspired me to try the paint method, AND to start my 1/32 110!

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