New Project Update: 1/48 Vintage F-15A Eagle
This is a follow up to the following Article: https://imodeler.com/2018/10/new-project-vintage-tamiya-1-48-f-15a/
I have completed painting the 2-tone Compass Grey Camo using HATAKA “Ultimate USAF F-15 Paint Set”. The basic 2-colors used from this set are the Light Ghost Grey and the Dark Ghost Grey. These were used over a Acrylic black primer. As the pictures illustrate I used multiple layers to build up to the final colors. A significant amount of pre-shading was performed using a mottled layer which focused on the panel centers leaving the panel lines mostly black. I also used some very thinned white to add depth and visual interest to the mottled effect. This was finally blended using a very thinned layer of the base paints allowing the pre-shading to subtly show through. I wanted a sort of patchy look commonly found on front-line USAF fighters.
The 2-tone tone camo lines were created using after-market masks, masking tape, tamiya tape, and finally Blu-Tak snakes. The masks are produced by a small company called “AeroMasks” product number AM48-F1507US. These are pre-cut adhesive camouflage patterns which are applied to the model surface following the recommended sequence. Unfortunately these masks had issues. Many of the masks peeled up with a layer of the backing paper still attached, and this paper could not be removed. Although disappointing this was not a major issue for me. This is because the F-15 camo has soft, feathered demarcation lines between the camo colors. If you used these masks as designed you would get a hard line camo and this does not look right on this aircraft. I rolled up tiny pieces of tamiya tape and placed under the camo masks. This raised the edges of the masks to create softer lines between camo colors. I also used rolled blu-tak putty as needed in places that were difficult to apply the pre-cut masks. (See Pictures).
Overall I was happy with the outcome of the paint job. It was important that the 2-colors did not display a strong contrasting difference. When looking at the real aircraft wearing the early compass-grey pattern the 2-colors are barely discernible. Using the Hataka paints straight from the bottle I was able to achieve this accurate look. I did not need to modify the colors except for the application of pre-shade colors and the black-primer. Touch-ups are a challenge b/c you are now spraying over a more opaque layer of paint and so the touched up spots take on a slightly different hue, and brightness, then the original paint that was thinly sprayed over the pre-shading and primer colors. It does not look to bad in touch up places but instead looks like a real USAF aircraft which has had lots of paint touch-ups and paint re-do’s.
The attached pictures are slightly lighter then the actual model due to the lighting used, but they are very close to the actual look. Please stay-tuned for follow-up articles for this build.
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