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Eduard 1/48 Mirage IIIC, Djibouti - Work in progress

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  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 2:17 AM

After salt filtering...

 

Next is the yellow filter to tie it all together a bit better followed by a clear coat.

After that come the washes, some more post tinting and shading, and all that jazz.

 

The decals are very thin and a bit fiddly to work with, so of course I messed up one of the musketeer tail fin decals after masking (was stupid enough not to clear coat after decals even though I know that I should, just lazy) and am now waiting for another sheet to arrive.

Decals look great after a clear flat coat is put on as the carrier film cannot be seen at all.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, December 24, 2020 3:02 AM

Hi gents,

 

It's a slow progress so gotta post something :)

 

Added black, brown and gray washes followed by a flat coat. I initially washed it with black only but to me it was too vivid, strong and too uniform colour wise so I tamed it with grays and brown. It still is a bit strong in some areas.

 

Next: Scuff marks, some minimal chips, maybe gunk wash in some areas, some streaks...

 

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, December 24, 2020 8:24 AM

Yes looks spot on with camo 

 .Nick

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Saturday, December 26, 2020 9:42 PM

Nikola,

Very impressive paint work. Can you describe in a bit more detail your complimentary post-shading? Sounds interesting. Also, when you said you filtered the cockpit, did you do a dot filter or some other technique?

This kit is out of my usual area of interest, but I just wanted to compliment you. Thanks for sharing!

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, December 26, 2020 10:00 PM

Beautiful paint Nikola.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, December 27, 2020 6:09 AM

This.....is coming together rather nicely.

                   

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, December 27, 2020 7:39 AM

Hey;

 Panel Lines and all-I like it!

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, December 27, 2020 12:20 PM

Mopar Madness

Beautiful paint Nikola.

 

 

Thanks Chad! Appreciated!

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, December 27, 2020 12:21 PM

mustang1989

This.....is coming together rather nicely.

 

 

Thank you very much Mustang! I am very glad that you like it so far!

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, December 27, 2020 12:21 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hey;

 Panel Lines and all-I like it!

 

 

Thank you TB! Much appreciated!

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Monday, January 11, 2021 7:03 AM

crown r n7

looks spot on with camo 

 
Thanks Crown! Glad you like it.
 
Best, 
Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Monday, January 11, 2021 7:16 AM

RadMax8

Nikola,

Very impressive paint work. Can you describe in a bit more detail your complimentary post-shading? Sounds interesting. Also, when you said you filtered the cockpit, did you do a dot filter or some other technique?

This kit is out of my usual area of interest, but I just wanted to compliment you. Thanks for sharing!

 

 

Hi RadMax,

For some reason FSM won't let me reply to you with a longer text stating  ''403 forbidden''. Maybe it's the link which is included in the text, no idea.

I have sent you an email regarding your question to the address provided in your profile information.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Monday, January 11, 2021 11:50 AM

And to answer RadMax's question publicly:

By filter I mean a very thin layer of paint sprayed over the base coat to slightly modulate the color, especially if the color is lifeless as black. In this case I used intermediate blue in ratio 1:20 paint to thinner and sprayed over the black, varying the number of passes in various areas of the cockpit. This gave it a very slight hint of blue.

As for my complementary pre(post)-shading, below is the link to the thread I started since I first tried out the method (scroll through it all the way as I cover a number of builds):

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/18/t/183439.aspx

I am still experimenting with the method and it's far from perfect, but I like how it gives richer colour variations/modulation and richer greys. As I said in the thread, I borrowed this method from painting and color theory.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:08 AM

Got wheels and Matras baby!... And a gloss coat before final weathering touches. :)

 

Thanks for looking guys!

 

Best,

Nikola

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:51 AM

O.O 

She's purdy! 

I love how that violet preshade set that tonal shift! That's amazing how well that works. I'm going to have to try that! 

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:30 AM

M. Brindos

O.O 

She's purdy! 

I love how that violet preshade set that tonal shift! That's amazing how well that works. I'm going to have to try that! 

 

 

Hi Mike,

 

Thanks! Appreciated! I am very glad that you like my Complementary Pre/Post-Shading method! Still got to go a long way to master it though. :)

 

Playing with colours is great! :)

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Friday, January 22, 2021 3:00 AM

Some streaks and grime added with a flat clear on top...

 

Almost there...! :)

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Friday, January 29, 2021 2:00 AM

Hi guys,

She is RFI at:

cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/187622.aspx

 

Thanks for taking an interest and following along.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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