Schira DOW 3rd - PLUM 1/72
This is my first article on the site and wanted to start both with my latest finished model and an out-of-the-ordinary model.
For those not familiarized with it, it represents a fighter from the anime movie The Wings of Honneamise made by Gainax.
The model itself was a delight to build. It's been many many years since I built a model where everything was perfect: the precision of the pieces, little and simple filling and sanding and the paint job went smooth.
On the topic of the painting, this kind of dark red was a difficult color to give some weathering, as I couldn't think of many real-life plane as to where inspire for it. It had to represent an aged model but that receive some regular maintenance; so not-new and not over weathered.
Finally, decided to give it a normal gray primer as a base, then airbrushed the panel lines with white to give a basic contrast effect on the red paint. Then airbrushed the model with a dark red diluted 50% so to give it some transparency and applied chipping with a very fine brush. After sealing the base with some gloss varnish, marked the panel lines with a dark brown color and start to give some shadows on selected panels as to create a contrast. Then used a very light wash of gray on some panels and used yellow oleum paint to give some sun faded paint effect on top areas. Some very light streaks to finish and a matt coat to seal it all.
As an end note, I'm happy with result and hope you all like it.