Though we here in the great Northwest are still in the warm afterglow of Superbowl 48, that does not mean that I haven't gotten a chance to do some modelling work. A little bit of construction and a paint session, after which I spent some time determining what new kits would be joining the front of the construction queue.
I got the last bits and pieces attached to the Hasegawa B-26, so now the main work will be on surface prep. This will be a NMF, so the question always is whether to prime the surface or take a chance that you can get the plastic smooth enough to do the job. In this case I think that a primer coat will be necessary, if only because there has been some putty on a couple of the panel lines and a bit of discretionary sanding going on. The smallest grit sandpaper that I have currently is 600, so I don't think I want to put Alclad directly over that. So I will likely give it a grey undercoat of some shade. I never put black under Alclad for fear of getting one of those blinding chrome-like surfaces that I personally think look toylike and unrealistic. With my average modelling skills I need to avoid the toy look as much as possible.
When I fired up the airbrush, it was firstly to get a matte topcoat on the RS Ambrosini SAI-207, which will feature in a completion entry shortly. Beyond that, there were other Alclad doings: props for the SM-82 and the Il-28 that has been patiently awaiting paint since Christmastime. I also got the RLM78 lower surfaces applied to the desert snake Stuka.
More airbrush related woes - there is something messed up in the internal portions which is sporadically preventing good air flow through the brush. It was unable to push Alclad through, and that stuff is mixed about as thin as paint thinner. All I get in the cup is bubbles, which implies that something is blocking the tip. But when I check, there is nothing obvious there. A mystery that I am going to have to solve. This left the Il-28 looking rather spotty, and it will need another coat.
It looks like the next two in the queue will be the Hasegawa Ta-154 and the Mitsubishi Betty. I also need to work in the beginnings of the Zvezda Pe-8.