This finally brings us to yesterday. I painted the control surfaces grey green hairyokushoku AK RC328. I wanted to attempt a weathered bare metal finish technique, where one marbles with metallic paints and then sprays the blend coat overtop, similar to my usual black base technique. Well suffice it to say that my blend coat was a little too dray and there was too much flirm (dust) in the paint so I sanded it all back with a 3000 grit 3M sponge and just sprayed the final coat directly. The results were much better but the weathering was all but lost. As you can see, the shine of the paint is quite bright, but I intend on using some oils or perhaps some post shading to weather it a bit.
The paint I used was the newly released Mr Color Super Metallic (SM) super Duralumin SM208. It was my first time using this shade and I like it quite a lot. I thinned it 2:1 with MLT and MRT (so maybe that's just like the regular thinner?) as I didnt want the paint to dry too quickly (hence adding the MLT), although the recommended thinner is MRT (Rapid thinner).
I still have a few panels to pick out with a darker shade metallic, namely by the exhausts and the fuel tank covers on the underside. Then I'll start designing the masks for my Cameo cutter and start painting the hinomaru and markings.
Finally, I added some lead wire to the landing gear and primed and painted it with Tamiya Lacquer Flat Aluminum.
Hopefully with the paint on, my pace will speed up, especially since I would like to bring this to a model show on September 11th.
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