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My tenth birthday build
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Posted: Friday, August 07, 2015 - 05:40 PM UTC
This is my build for the tenth anniversary; Eduard's 1/32 Bf109E-1, finished as yellow 10. So this fits in 2 ways 1+0+9=10 and the number 10

Camo painted on, RLM65 under sides and RLM02/71 splinter camo on the upper surfaces.










Miracle Masks on and masked around, to prevent overspray and the first coat of paint paint applied to the various elements. The swastika is a bit of an anomaly as the black needs to be painted before the white; trust me I'm a maskateer



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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2015 - 12:21 PM UTC
Looking sharp Mal.

And the model's 'andsome too

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2015 - 12:31 PM UTC
Thanks Paul
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2015 - 01:23 PM UTC
I remember using one of your masks some time ago and now I'm hooked on masking and airbrushing my markings as well. I usually do AFVs, but the principle is the same.

The thing I wanted to ask is about painting the swastika... how do you airbrush white on black background? When airbrushing light color on dark background, I usually make several thin layers, but it always results in a small "step" between the two colors. As the difference between the colors is greater, this "step" is usually more pronounced. It looks like light color is somehow raised with regards to the background. How do you deal with this issue?

Cheers,
Mario
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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 11:00 AM UTC
Hi Mario,
You will get a "step" if too much paint is applied which is likely to happen when you paint light over dark. I suppose the trick is not to worry too much about the coverage. If you make a single pass with the white over the black you will get some coverage. With the swastika there is only a very small amount of white so a couple or 3 passes will/ should do it. It is true that it is very difficult to do that as you are conscious of covering the black, and that's when you will get the step. If you do then it can be removed with micro mesh polishing cloths.

However the optical illusion bit is a different story, should have gone to speck savers!