Update WIP 3: 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3 Midway Variant…need to resolve a decal issue.
This article is part of a series:
- Work-In-Progress: 1/32 Trumpeter SBD
- WIP 2nd Update: 1/32 Trumpeter SBD (Color Challenge Resolved)
- Update WIP 3: 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3 Midway Variant…need to resolve a decal issue.
- Update WIP 4: 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3 Midway Variant
- WIP: 5th Update for 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3 Midway Variant
- WIP: 6th and Final Update: Trumpeter 1/32 SBD-3 “Midway Variant”
- 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3: Battle of Midway
OK here is my 3rd Installment of the 1/32 SBD-3 Build. I completed the primary camo paint job over the intricate, patchwork, pre-shading. (see 2nd build post: http://imodeler.com/2018/06/wip-2nd-update-1-32-trumpeter-sbd-color-challenge-resolved/). Bottom color is Vallejo Model Air USAF Light-Gray, Top Camo color is a mix of several Vallejo Model Air Colors such as: Pru Blue, Grey Blue, Light Gray, and white.
I let the paint cure for 24 plus hours. I then decided to discard the included black walkway decals and paint my own using some light-grey preshading then Vallejo Black as a top color. Prior to sealing with an Acrylic Gloss resin I began the weathering process with more acrylic paints and a silver Primacolor pencil.
I found several photo-references of real SBDs, as well as, collected some of the better SBD models photos available on the internet, including this site. I used these photo-references to help me with the chipping aspect of the weathering process. I used Vallejo Yellow/Green Model Color Paint and a fine paint brush to paint the chips were only the primer is showing through. To give the edges a more random, and sharp look I then used the sponge method and lightly tapped the edges of the painted chips with the sponge after dabbing sponge in the primer colored paint. I focused most of this in areas that would of been walked on and rubbed often, as also indicated on the photographic reference material.
Finally I went back over some of the chipping with the silver Primacolor pencil and penciled in some heavy wear marks were the aluminium would of shown through both the primer coat and the base paint. Most of this extra chipping was applied randomly over the yellow-green primer. The leading edges of the wings were also hit hard with weathering work and more chipping.
Next steps will be to buff all the surface work lightly to take off some of the chipping paint build-up, and this helps to blend in all the chipping and paint so it does not look like an "add-on" step. This really blends it all a little better and the chipping does not stand out so brightly. When I use a wash in the final stages this will also tone things down a bit and blend it even more. I will not do that until a gloss coat is applied to seal everything and the decals are applied.
Finally before adding any gloss coats I will continue to weather the panel lines and other targeted areas with some pastel powders and oil paints adding to the worn, beat, patchy, and weathered paint job. Then this will finally be sealed with Future Floor Wax sprayed neat from the airbrush. This will prep the model for decal application, and for more final weathering such as a fine panel/rivet line wash and some filtering with oils/enamels.
I am in need of some help. I am at a stand-still because the Trumpeter decals supplied with the kit have a "faded red-dot" in the middle of all the National insignia. If you know the history related to the SBDs used during the Battle of Midway you may know that the red-dots previously present on all SBD insignia were painted over with white, hence no red-dot. This was done to reduce identification problems with the previous red looking like Japanese insignia. They also painted over the red and white stripes on the fins for the same reason. In theory this may have left some of the red bleeding through the hastily painted white cover-up paint. So I assume this is why Trumpeter printed their decals with the faded looking red dot (looks like pink). May have been good thinking on Trumpeter's part but I could not find a single shred of evidence in any color photographs taken of SBDs during that time frame. A friend and I spent multiple hours over several days looking, but could not find anything. We also looked at all the SBD models published on-line to see if another modeler replicated this faded-red-dot. Nothing. I have also heard through several reviews that the Trumpeter decals are "rubbish" as they contain the faded red-dots, some color issues, and size issues. So, what do I do? I am actively looking for some good feedback on these issues related to the red-dot insignia, as well as, the quality of the Trumpeter decals in general. Hate to ruin a nice model with crappy decals. This is a commissioned build for an avid Naval Aviation historian and it needs to look "right". I have consulted with him also and he is as confused as I am. Hate to purchase new decals due to the additional cost, and the delays due to ordering/shipping to USA.
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