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Readers’ Gallery: Ross McArthur’s 1/48 Accurate Miniatures RNZAF TBF-1

Ross shared this awesome looking TBF he recently completed. Excellent work!

Blues and IG are enamels or tailored mixes. The interior is rattle can auto lacquer, yellow and black mixed to look about right, over the base enamel Hu 75 for Bronze Green (lightened it a bit much so it looks more ZCG), RAF IG and Hu 151 IG (disc. range).

Exterior colors:
ANA607  N.S. Sea Blue – Hu25 gloss black base coat 4:1, then lightened with light grey or white in various ratios for variations. ANA 608 N.S. Int Blue – Hu 96 RAF Blue and white, base of 4:1 then lightened for fading effex. Insignia Blue by MM, tinted w/ Hu15 MIdnight Blue about 8:1. It helps the IB stand out a lite from the topsides. White is mostly auto rattle can and Tamiya. Artist’s acrylic black and brown/black for panel line washes, white and light grey for fasteners, sliver ink  pen for chipping. Chalk pastels for further weathering, grunge, exhausts. L/e light is a punched disc of thin ali. Really looks the part and I dunno why I don’t do it more often.

The general idea was to produce a moderate level of weathering without ‘going disco’ on it.

Scratch harness front and rear. Fuz windows were epoxied, filed, puttied, sanded and polished. Tape masks of circle and strip. Wings were primed and outers base-coated w/ white. Tape masks were measured to fit for the bars, and circles cut to mask the roundel area. I’d rather mask off areas for roundels to avoid unnecessary paint build-up. I categorically refuse to put light blue roundels on RNZAF a/c. They’re outright unconscionable, apocryphal and based upon skewed interpretation of colours from faded machines in disposal areas.   Roundels are from Miracle Masks, custom dimensions reduced slightly from the kit decals to better suit references that show smaller circles. Fuselage roundels are kit decals, the light blue centre was masked and re-painted.

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