SB2C-4 HELLDIVER by PRO-MODELER.
A modeler wrote and ask why I brush on a "water-thin black wash?"
My answer was to show all the imperfections that are in the plastic such as unfilled panel lines, sink marks and scratches left by my metal files and rough sandpaper. I sand out all of these imperfections then add another thin wash and sand it off using 3M's 600 wet/dry grit. I may have to repeat this process until I achieve a perfect finish on the plastic that would match the real metal on the airplane. I judge my models on a scale of 1 to 10 and I want them to be a 8 and/or 9, 'cause the only 10 out there is Planet Earth and the maker above!
I added a lock down pin on each wing which was to show the pilots that the gears and/or the folding wings were locked in place.
The model was painted with Tamiya's Gloss Yellow color which was mixed to a water base by using 4 parts "Denatured Alcohol." The decals were applied without any problems.
The first photo shows the real airplane which was stationed in Japan shortly after WW-II ended. It was used for patrol along the coast of Japan.
25 additional images. Click to enlarge.