OldSchoolFlyer
I have to start by saying I like realistic looking aircraft. I use the hobby lobby krylon 3oz craft spray and the apple barrel water base brush on paint (see pictures). I also make extensive use of sharpie markers for details. I begin with a few pictures from the internet of the full size aircraft. I use a light color marker to make an outline/pattern on the aircraft. I like to freehand most of camo painting after deciding on a pattern using the picture of the original in mind. All the paint scheme are definitely personal preference of course but having a plan and colors set out to follow makes for a much better result. All of my aircraft photos are spray except the brown and tan SU-35. Here are the steps I follow for a camo job like the green SU-35 and green, tan, and brown F-15. First make you pattern as lite as possible, then spray the lightest color pattern first and progressively follow with darker colors. Holding the spray can 12 - 18 " away will make a nice fad/blend. If you want a strip like the brown on the F-15 hold the can closer and move fast to avoid too much paint. Practice on some scrap cardboard first to help judge the distance and speed you will need to move the spray. light rather than heavy is always better. You can always go back and make a second coat besides mistake are usually part of a good camo job. If you like the engine detail don't paint in those areas. I use a cardboard paint shield instead of masking for the engine detail. I use a ruler or straight edge when applying the marking pen detail. The markers wont hurt the foam and will go right over the paint. Last is the canopy painting and mounting. I like to spray the canopy silver and after it is dry I spray the edges black, dark blue, charcoal etc. The trick to a good fade on the canopy is to spray the canopy upside down just lightly blending into the light color. Once again the canopy detail can be add with making pens. If you like strips, lightning bolts etc. then making tape and roll of masking paper are your friend. Don'y worry too much about the edges being perfect. I always outline my masked paint work with a marking pen which fixes all those little problems. Lastly and MOST INPORTANT don't paint the bottom the same as the top ! Instantly lost in the sky ! Light blue is bad too, I guess that's obvious OK I like a white bottom or black invasion strips for an easy to see aircraft. I have also included some pictures of my Hangar storage. I use a piece is coat hanger with a hook on both ends. I hang the wire on a screw with the other end in the motor opening. I have several length so I can hang two in the same space under the shelf. I hope this is as much fun for you as it is for me. You CAN'T have too many toys. Feel free to contact me if you have questing or just think I'm painting CRAZY . Enjoy Jim
Old School Flyer
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bogusbandit56
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I have to start by saying I like realistic looking aircraft. I use the hobby lobby krylon 3oz craft spray and the apple barrel water base brush on paint (see pictures). I also make extensive use of sharpie markers for details. I begin with a few pictures from the internet of the full size aircraft. I use a light color marker to make an outline/pattern on the aircraft. I like to freehand most of camo painting after deciding on a pattern using the picture of the original in mind. All the paint scheme are definitely personal preference of course but having a plan and colors set out to follow makes for a much better result. All of my aircraft photos are spray except the brown and tan SU-35. Here are the steps I follow for a camo job like the green SU-35 and green, tan, and brown F-15. First make you pattern as lite as possible, then spray the lightest color pattern first and progressively follow with darker colors. Holding the spray can 12 - 18 " away will make a nice fad/blend. If you want a strip like the brown on the F-15 hold the can closer and move fast to avoid too much paint. Practice on some scrap cardboard first to help judge the distance and speed you will need to move the spray. light rather than heavy is always better. You can always go back and make a second coat besides mistake are usually part of a good camo job. If you like the engine detail don't paint in those areas. I use a cardboard paint shield instead of masking for the engine detail. I use a ruler or straight edge when applying the marking pen detail. The markers wont hurt the foam and will go right over the paint. Last is the canopy painting and mounting. I like to spray the canopy silver and after it is dry I spray the edges black, dark blue, charcoal etc. The trick to a good fade on the canopy is to spray the canopy upside down just lightly blending into the light color. Once again the canopy detail can be add with making pens. If you like strips, lightning bolts etc. then making tape and roll of masking paper are your friend. Don'y worry too much about the edges being perfect. I always outline my masked paint work with a marking pen which fixes all those little problems. Lastly and MOST INPORTANT don't paint the bottom the same as the top ! Instantly lost in the sky ! Light blue is bad too, I guess that's obvious OK I like a white bottom or black invasion strips for an easy to see aircraft. I have also included some pictures of my Hangar storage. I use a piece is coat hanger with a hook on both ends. I hang the wire on a screw with the other end in the motor opening. I have several length so I can hang two in the same space under the shelf. I hope this is as much fun for you as it is for me. You CAN'T have too many toys. Feel free to contact me if you have questing or just think I'm painting is CRAZY . Enjoy Jim

Great article and what an airforce
Wot, no Depron?
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Great article and what an airforce

He is a master with that paint!!!!!! chas
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