AIRFIX 1:48 BOULTON PAUL DEFIANT
The model represents an aircraft from the No.2(Army Cooperation) Squadron, KO•I, s/n N1572. Only one was trialled and rejected. This was a great kit to build. The fit of the parts is fantastic for the most part. I had an issue joining the fuselage together due to the instrument panel being a bit wide. With some parts the fit was a little too good, I had to force them apart after dry fitting. After studying the clear parts I decided it was time to try some Eduard masks. These were a great time and sanity saver. The one thing that others who have used Eduards mask found odd was the each “window pane” was dealt with multiple mask, three in some cases. I also decided to try AML Camouflage Masks. They’ve been out for a while but I’ve never seen a build that used them. You spray the Dark Earth and apply the masks, and then spray the Dark Green. There are no directions on how to use them, just a diagram showing where they go. The ones that go around the fuselage are two part masks so you have to make sure your alignment is spot on. Two things concerned me. The masks were a little stiff and didn’t quite conform to the curves of the fuselage or into panel lines. Next I was unsure of the tackiness, feeling less tackier than Tamiya tape. This may have been a mixed blessing as I had to move the fuselage masks several times. So now we get to painting. Vallejo Primer first followed by Vallejo Model Air for the bottom colour. I shot Mr Hobby Aqueous H-72 for the Dark Earth. I waited a few days for this paint to cure, applied the masks and shot Tamiya XF-81. To try and avoid bleed under I thinned the paint down 1:1 with thinner, lowered the air pressure down to about 15psi. I started my spray on the mask, aiming away from the edges and then filled in the centers.. When I removed the masks I had two very small spots where the paint lifted, maybe 1mm total. This was probably my fault as when I saw there was no bleed under on a wing, I rushed the rest of the removal. I was very surprised to find no bleed under. Was I happy with this masking system…..yes. Would I buy them again…..probably not. Here’s the website if you are interested…https://eshop.aml.cz/en/8-masks I’ve include a shot of how the masks look
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Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant Mk1 1:48 A05128