It was going to be literally out of the box
A while back on another site someone started a thread about building a kit without painting any of it. Just a pure build to see how well you could do without hiding flaws with paint. Most everyone said “no way.” But I kinda liked the idea and so I looked through my stash to find a kit that would fit the bill. Having done the Airfix Beaufighter once before and remembering it to be a hassle free project, I decided to give it a go without any paint.
Once I got going on the build I kept going back and forth as to whether or not I should paint it. I knew I would be able to delay the decision until I had to glue on the engine nacelles and canopies. It was extremely weird to not paint the thing. However, I was able to get everything together (including aircrew, but not the props) without A drop of paint because of the great fit of the nacelles. They stayed in place without cement. Additionally, I used the old home brew putty made of bits of kit sprue and liquid cement so even when the small gaps were filled, everything was identical in color.
Once it was all together, it looked boring as Hell. I just couldn’t stand it so I carefully painted the engines, cockpit and gunner’s station, and the wheel wells with an airbrush, touching up details with a fine point brush. The rest was close to normal.
Another unusual thing I did on this one was to skip the gloss coat before decaling. I did use Microsol and carefully pressed the decals on with a cotton swab. Then I sealed the decals with a coat of clear flat. But I only covered the decals, not the entire model. Amazingly enough, I got no slivering.
So there you have it.
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