Been working on this off an on for a couple of days. This is Eduards beautiful 1/48 Spitfire Mk.VIII in their Weekend Edition boxing. Building this out of the box, and I mean out of the box!!!
So far the build process is fairly rapid thanks to the easy and precise fit of the kit however i've made things a little more complicated for myself by changing my method of painting and creating a more worn effect. My normal plan of attack is the usual primer, preshade then final colour. This time I'm trying a mottling effect using white and building the final finish in many layers. My chosen scheme is that of RAAF 457 Sqn with a very attractive sharks mouth and the Eduard instructions suggest that the old RAF roundals were simply painted over, therefore I have replicated this also.
So my painting process began on the underside by using Tamiya XF-83 Medium Sea Grey as a light primer. This was followed by the application of Tamiya XF-2 Flat White in a mottling fashion. I grabbed a set of RAF Spitfire roundals and placed some masking tape over them and traced the outline to make a mask. The RAF roundals were sprayed on top of the white mottling and then the roundals themselves received a mottled coat of white. Preshading was done with XF-84 Dark Iron followed by a mottled coat of Medium Sea Grey to break everything up. All paints were applied as a rough 80% Isopropyl Alcohol and 20% paint with a few drops of paint retarder sprayed at 10-15psi.
This method of mottling and changing colours regularly reguires a bit more patience than I had anticipated however the effect is worth it and for a first attempt, I'm pretty happy with it so far.
For the top side, a similar process followed bu using XF-82 Ocean Grey, again applying the roundals on both wings and fuselage. Difference this time is that I began a chipping process with applying Aluminium to key areas that will be worn later on and this had a coat of hair spray applied on top to protect it. Preshading this time used XF-85 Rubber black and then again Ocean Grey applied to bring everything together. The effect at the moment is still a little start however this will be subdued when the green camouflage goes on top. Any stark grey areas will be address after this point.