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Joe Caputo
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1/48 Hobbycraft A-4B "Falklands"

October 10, 2013 · in Aviation · · 7 · 1.6K

, need I say more? I believe this was the result of a Christmas "grab bag", or something like that. Since it had been opened previously, there was no returning it, and it seemed sort of a challenge. There was no way I was going to do anything but USN markings on it. I had enough "Aggressor" books laying around, so I went through them looking for something I had not done before, and this one caught my eye. With decal help from my friend Jack, all I had to do is figure out how I was going to paint it. I wanted it to look like the picture I chose. I decided to really go "old school", and brush paint it with acrylics (AKA: "Apple Barrel" craft paint), just to see if I could do it. First came a primer coat of medium gray, then the fun began. It was a lot of work, but each step was encouraging, and it began to take on the appearance I wanted. After I was finished painting, I clear coated it, then buffed it out to give it that "metallic" sheen I wanted, instead of dead flat. I really enjoyed the process of using a model for a "canvas" to do my "art work" on, instead of the usual "fresh from the factory" look, I usually settle for. I don't believe I'd want to do it very often, as it took a lot more time, pleasurable time, than I anticipated. What better use for a Hobbycrat A-4?

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  1. Ha, ha, ha, excellent Joe! I thought I was the only person in the modeling world to use "Apple Barrel" acrylics. Never used them on an aircraft of vehicle, but for figures I find them outstanding. Wide color range and you cannot beat the price, especially if you buy them at Wal-Mart. Goes to show that you ain't gotta break the bank to produce a nice model.

  2. Never heard of "Apple Barrel " paints before, as I have previously stated, you can learn a lot on iModeler! Nice job, Joe, certainly a unique paint finish, I'll have to give the acrylics a try.

  3. Well Joe ,a Scooter! done in aggressor style as well.
    Brush painted, it looks good Joe, you were right about going cheap for paints. You ould not tell it from the pics mate. I will keep this in mind for the future.

  4. Fantastic Joe I would never have guessed it was brush painted you are indeed an artist

  5. looks terrific

  6. Joe, as everyone says, it looks fabulous, who'd have thought that it was a brush painted job? You've obviously not forgotten the skills necessary to do this. I've never heard of these paints, are they meant for children? How did you thin them, did you just use water?

  7. Nice job Joe but don't get the Falklands connection,

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