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German Aircraft Mottle Camo

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German Aircraft Mottle Camo
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 13, 2003 2:42 PM
I was inspired to build the BF 109E Trop pictured in FSM and I would appreciate any advice on painting the camo. In 1/48, should the blotches have a fuzzy edge? In the article, the writer used an airbrush only with a lot of skill to achieve the finish, but what other ways are there? I bought an Eagle Strike etched mask - any experience with that?

Thanks for the help!
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: USA
Posted by jcarlberg on Monday, January 13, 2003 7:15 PM
You can freehand the soft edges of the mottle, but you need to experiment on an old model to figure it out. Other systems for softening edges involve using masks with raised edges, using for instance Blue-tack or tape rolled into worm shapes and spraying over the edge to let the edge soften. I usually freehand, but with low pressure and a fine spray, doing the outside of the mottle first and then filling in the center. It's time consuming, but gives good results.

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