Agreed, some excellent work going on here! Sorry for my silence lately...combo of personal obligations, USPS losing a package of model supplies, and struggling with another build (shameless plug for my Bulgarian Yak-9
build log...trust me, it'll make you feel better about your own builds
) I feel bad that everyone is having so much progress and success while my Zep sits on the floor by my desk, but here's what I've been up to.
Many pictures of Zeppelins show a somewhat fragmented paint "scheme" rather than one single shade of silvery-gray. This is likely due to the numerous sheets of doping skin that had to be individually attached to the skeleton, like inthis picture.
It looks nice and orderly, but for some reason all the pictures seem to show somewhat haphazard rectangles and step-shapes all across the balloon. I can't figure out why, but it does make for a more varied and visually interesting sight. So while I wasn't building, I was learning Photoshop basics to plan out my model's skin. Here are the (VERY) rough plans I have so far:
The second picture is a closer representation...I tried two different PS techniques, and the latter turned out to be easier and a better result. Ideally, the starboard picture shouldn't be as patchy...that technique made it easier for me to lose track of where my layers were on the master drawing.