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Building an aircraft?

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  • Member since
    June 2006
  • From: Asheville,NC
Building an aircraft?
Posted by georgebluhm on Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:32 PM

Hi all, I am a car model builder.I used to build anything I could get my hands on many,many years ago.

Any tips as fer as sequence to build an aircraft? I have a couple of the recent Revell 1/48 corsair and dauntless.I don't have an airbrush as I am retired and cant afford one.I will use rattle cans. I think the schemes wil be OK with masking and cans.

I know that the cocpit is usually first,but,how do you paint the rest of the plane without messing up the cocpit?

Any other tips or direction links would be a huge help.

Thank you in advance.

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:15 PM

Easiest way is to mask off the pit opening with tape or foam, and install the canopy pieces after.  Engine opening can be masked with a piece of soft foam or tape.


To paint the canopy framework, easist way is to mask off the glass panes and paint all the frames in one direction (ie. all the horizontal bars), let dry and then do the other direction (ie. all the vetical bars). This was from another member here. 

Paint on the outside, but first color should be the interior color, followed by the exterior color.

Give the entire thing a coat of gloss clear prior to decals, and another light glosss coat after decals are dry.  You can then do whatever weathering you want, and a final seal of dull clear.  Then install the canopies.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, April 13, 2018 6:12 AM
Look in on any of the work in progress threads in the aircraft section. You can get quite a bit of info.


  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, April 13, 2018 9:36 AM

If I intend to display with closed canopy, I glue canopy on (and mask it) before painting the airframe. If I intend to have canopy open I stuff it with cotton balls (carefully) and maybe add a few pieces of Tamiya tape to hold everything stable.

For windshields and windows on bombers, transports and civil planes, it is a lot of masking, but can be done.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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