Black shark: Airfix Defiant
What can I say? The Defiant and particularly this aircraft was long overdue on my wish list. In fact it was more than 30 years long due. I was a young boy when my father offered me Airfix 1/72 BP Defiant and the model shown on the box was this magnificent black shark mouth example. Took me 2 days to built it, my first model and I was hooked.
Fast forward and this new 1/48 edition has nothing in common with my childhood model.
It is a vice free model, with some neat engineering methods, like the wing to fuselage joint and the turret that can be assembled and inserted in the end.
The kit had the addition of a few quickboost items, like the exhausts (a must), the machine gun barrels and also the wheel covers. These last parts are extremely troublesome since almost no joint areas are present. Eduard seatbelts were also added.
This model was also my first attempt with a all black camouflage. Read that RAF black had a slight blueish tint, so I did a 70-30 mix using Gunze paint. My first layer was made with NATO Black, which is a very, very dark green, and the mix was randomly applied some areas to cover the first layer and in others much more lightly. A final thinned layer was given to achieve a more uniform effect, while maintaining the patchy work (or so I hopped). In the end I’m not entirely satisfied with it. The decals are ok, though some silvering occurred in the fuselage codes… my fault I guessed.
Also picked some advice from Louis Gardner experience with Tamiya Flat mixed with future to get a smooth matt finish. Unfortunately I found Tamyia Flat a very unforgiving product and ended up using MRP semi matt varnish.
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