Airfix Pe-2, 1/72 Winter scheme
Well – up early, stockings are stuffed and waiting for the kids to wake up and wife to return from her early morning walk, so thought I’d go ahead and post my last finish of the year (just finished the rigging yesterday)…and Merry Christmas to everyone.
I started this kit over a year ago, like the PBJ, but then got hung up waiting to get my airbrush booth set up. I had purchased a set of Akan paints as a test, because I also purchased an Aegean Ghost Akan set for a Greek F-4, and wanted to see how the Akan paints worked out on a “less critical” build.
This is an old boxing of the Pe-2 – probably the original, as the airbrakes were solid. I had to drill, saw and file them open. I realized with all the glass beneath the nose that it would look blank without some interior detail, so I scratchbuilt the two nose guns and the rails and pedals for the pilot. Added some other interior details, though they’re hard to see once it was all closed up and painted.
I used the Akan set for the three top colors, and Tamiya for the bottom (I didn’t think any of the colors in the Akan set looked right for the bottom). I also don’t think the gray was right, and should have darkened it substantially, but since I was intending to experiment with white winter distemper finish I didn’t fret. Loved the way the Akan went down, and am now excited to get the Aegean Ghost F-4 under way soon (after I finish the Turk and the EJ Kai).
This was my second time using the “panzer putty” for masking. First time was on the PBJ, and learned a few lessons with it – it has a mind/life of it’s own! My third attempt (on the F-2B – coming soon…!) went even better. Moving into airbrushing is teaching me quite a few new skills and techniques.
I used the hairspray technique to get the winter finish, as I wanted to depict it fairly well-worn and dirty. Couple of coats of hairspray (using Mike Rinaldi technique), and then Tamiya white diluted 50/50 with distilled water. Then work off with a somewhat stiff brush. It was fun working with the winter coat, and I think I’m going to move up a Fujimi Stuka I have that I also plan to cover in winter white! So many models, so little time…
I’m learning a bunch of new techniques for masking canopies. The windscreen on the Pe-2 was nice straight corners, so just used Scotch tape. But the canopy had rounded corners, so I applied Tamiya tape to thin styrene sheet, then used a punch and die set to punch out dots with the correct radius for the corners (couple of different sized needed). Once the corners were masked, I could fill in with tape fo finish off.
I used pastels to weather the finish before the white top coat (though of course most of that disappeared), then used pastels again to finish weathering (dirtying up, exhaust, etc.), and some pencils for scratches.
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