Got the upper and lower fuselage glued and in place. There are some fit issues particularly around the engine intakes and behind where the wings will go. There will be some time filling and sanding here. Onto the exhausts. Started with a coat of Vallejo black primer. Followed up with a coat of Vallejo’s Metal Color Jet Exhaust. If you hav’nt tried this yet I would highly recommend it. No thining required and airbrushes on beautifully Next step will be to add some basic weathering, again keeping to the three-foot rule.
Green is now on and I’m really pleased on how this is turning out. There is some overspray in a few areas which I can blame on too much air pressure and not being close enough to the model. I’m going to fix that and consider it a learning moment. I build to relax but if I can learn and constantly improve then it is also a good thing. After the touch ups, I’ll let it sit for 24 hours before applying a clear coat in preparation for weathering. I also will start working on painting and weathering the tracks.
Keeping your airbrush clean is one of the most important things you can do to keep it operating reliably for many years. In Part 1 of this series, I go through what I do to clean the airbrush out between colors. Part 2 will go into a more deep clean.