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My First model- B-25 Mitchel- what should I do

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  • Member since
    November 2005
My First model- B-25 Mitchel- what should I do
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 15, 2003 11:05 AM
I've been workig on this model for a year..here and there.

Im almost to th e point of painting the outside..and I want to put some w eathering on it..

My friend told me how to make bullet cracks in the cockpit glass..but i was wondering how you would do them in the side of hte actually body of the plane..

any other weathering adive you have would be great.

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Niagara Falls NY
Posted by Butz on Saturday, March 15, 2003 8:48 PM
Whaz up Garris
What MFG is the B-25(Monogram,Italeri,Accurate Min),what scale and does it have raised or engraved lines??. Anywho.....
Your first question I am not sure really on how to reproduce bullet holes/cracks on the canopies glass(I have not yet done that but I will one of these days LOL). I have heard from others that they use a brand new #11 exacto blade.
For your second question, where is the damage/hits gonna be??(just wondering) I would use a dremal and sanding bit and sand the inside of the fuselage/wings ect. By doing this you thin out the plastic.
Then from the outside take again a new #11blade and proceed with making your bullet holes. Just REMEMBER go slow cause you dont want to over do it...!!!! If you make it too big it will look like a cannon ball went thru it LMAO. On this part it is easier for me to show than type it outTongue [:P].
As for the weathering I wing it. Its all on how I feel or how I want to present the the a/c. I use polyscale paint (scale black or a dirty drk brown)(water based)thined w/ distilled water. The ratio of paint to water is all up to you.
Then I brush the "smudge wash" onto the engraved lines. After about 15min for drying time, I go back over it w/ moistenQ-tips. I repeat these steps till I'm pleased w/ the out come. Also Paul Boyer had an article about "smudge wash" a few mnths ago.
As for other weather I start of w/ a base coat of flat black or scale black(this is also my primer) As I build the paint up in light coats, this produces natural shadowing where natural shadowing should be. Its easier done than said LOL..!!! Hope this helps ya a bit. Big Smile [:D]
I'm sure someone will help ya out on your first part. Good luck. Flaps up, Mike

  If you would listen to everybody about the inaccuracies, most of the kits on your shelf would not have been built Too Close For Guns, Switching To Finger

  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 8:54 AM
Its a Revell 1:48

First model in a long long time..

i hope I don't screw it up :)

I'll get pics when its done :)
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Green Bay, WI USA
Posted by echolmberg on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 12:03 PM
Hi Garris!

have fun with the B-25! I just finished the Accurate Miniature kit and what a dream it was! That one has recessed panel lines while the Revell/Monogram kit (I believe) has raised lines. What I did on my plane was scrub the heck out of it with pastel chalks! I bought several shades of tans and browns. The plane I built was stationed in the Pacific where mud and coral dust just played havoc with finishes. I used the brown chalk powder on each individual panel and almost a blackish powder on the lines themselves. It gave it a faded panel look while the lines took on a dirt-encrusted and fuel-stained look. I couldn't be happier with the results. Just remember to use it sparingly because sometimes subtlety is the best thing.

Oh I almost forgot. Have you ever tried painting the plane silver first and then its regular colors over that? If you're building an olive drab Mitchel then this will allow you use masking tape to lift off the OD paint and reveal the silver "chips" underneath. Nothing looks more like chipped paint than, well, CHIPPED PAINT! :) Works great on leading edges, props, and even raised panel lines. Have fun!!!

Eric

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Niagara Falls NY
Posted by Butz on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 3:14 PM
Hey Garris,
You'll do fine dont sweat it MAN...!!!!! Looking forward to seeing your pics of the built up. Flaps up,Mike

  If you would listen to everybody about the inaccuracies, most of the kits on your shelf would not have been built Too Close For Guns, Switching To Finger

  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 9:09 PM
I jus tput the first coat on..not looking to bad..

just curious cause I can't find anything..are there any B25's with white undercarriages..or are the all always one color.

research continues but if anyone know..let me know :)

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