SB2C-4 Helldiver, 1/72 Academy
Here’s Academy’s 1/72 Helldiver. Recently Academy re-released this kit with Cartograf decal and diver flap PE part. and the kit itself is already top notch quality.
PE part for 72th scale was first time challenge for me. and it was hard one. now I totally cannot image to making warship model with fully detailed tiniest PE parts..
I wanted to make this looks well aged but I didn’t want to weathering that make it darker color. because aged navy blue color aircraft is getting faded, not darker. then I washed all with ivory oil paint and taped with crumpled tissue soaked with thinner. adding just little bit of dark brown washes in ammunition panel on wing only for oil stains.
And one thing I noticed during watching photo references, the most of aircraft is not totally mat finished neither semi gloss finished. they have irregular texture mix of both of it. so I sprayed mat finish overall, then make irregular brush touched gloss varnish on surface, and still wash it with crumpled tissue for making natural stains. I think this finishing method worked well like I Imagine.
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