Savoia S.21 SwAF
So, finally I´ve finished my Savoia S.21. The model is Finemold´s in 1/72, a really nice kit. The Savoia was starring in the Japanese animated film "Porco Rosso" as the leading caracter´s bright red mount. However, I chose to make mine a bit different. The Savoia S.21 is a pure piece of fantasy, it never existed in real life.
The model is painted and marked as a flying boat of the Royal Swedish Air force in the late 1920s. For the flying surfaces I used Vallejos Game color No 102, Steel grey. Engine is painted in Vallejo Model air No 56, Black grey, struts are Vallejo Model air Black No 57. Rudder was painted using Vallejo model color Flat yellow No15 and a mixture of Vallejo Model color Andrea blue and Medium blue, No 65 and No 57. Fuselage and floats were first painted in Vallejo Model air Sand No 75. After a bit of drying time a mixture of Burnt sienna and Raw umber was brushed to simulate wood. The prop got two coats of Burnt sienna. Paints and decals were given a coat of floor polish before and after decalling. The beaching gear was included in the kit, it got the wood treatment as well. A pin wash of Payne´s grey enhanced the ailerons and elevators. The radiator got a light dry brush of silver, just enough to pick out the texture. Decals came from Flying color, super products as there is no clear film that might give silvering problems.
My focus for this project was to get serious with the wood effect for a future larger scale project. I also wanted to depict a fairly clean and well kept aircraft with a lot of contrast rather than smear it with washes and faded paint.