Tamiya F-4EJ model kit in 1/32 scale
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You may be wondering why it took so long to continue with this kit. Well actually it was the choice of colours and scheme for a nice Japanese F-4EJ. I was fascinated by the built of the smaller 1/72 F-4EJ of Fujimi and liked the scheme. This meant I had to make my own decals of this same scheme. I did but at the end I saw some very nice blueish schemes as wel.
I could not figure out what good colours where as Tamiya does only indicate a mix of their own acrylics. I could not find as Fed.Std equivalents, despite some very colourfull Japanese books and searches on Internet. So the built of this model was halted for a few years!
So after some time, looking at the
kit decals and all stencilling supplied I decided to go for a scheme as
in the kit. Picked was scheme no. E for a JASDF no.305
squadron plane of Japanese Air Self Defense Force at Hyakuri Air Base.
Not an easy task to mix these colours but on the other hand the real planes show large wear with various hues and shines. I came to the conclusion that the lower areas are white with a blue hue and the upper colours have patterns of a darker blue/purple mix.
Make larger paint quantities for re-touching the paint later on, otherwise you are unable to match the colour exactly. Also spray some spare clear decals in these colours for patch work later on if needed.
main gear bay with some added details
Than, the darker blue patterns were
sprayed freehand. After drying, I again removed some overspray inaccuracies
with the lighter colour.
Also all the various bits like undercarriage
doors, fuel tanks and so one were sprayed as well.
Next step is now adding some subtle panellines details, using Promodeller wash. This will be followed by some gloss coats of Johnson Future and adding the stencils and main decals.
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February 10, 2010