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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Painting (landing gear, Lightning, Yak-130)

While we were getting ready for a day at Gig Harbor, a nice little bay town across the former Galloping Gertie bridge, I decided to use a small window of time to get caught up on painting.

Most of what was required was natural metal, for which I used Alclad’s White Aluminum. Now that I’ve segregated most of the paints which I bought during some of their paint formulation issues a number of years back, Alclad paint is a joy to airbrush. Covers well, doesn’t require any thinning, and can be masked when it fully cures. This covered landing gear on three Hurricanes and a P-47. I also had two sets of five-spoke early Hurricane wheels in resin, and included those as well.

Next came a quick job: painting the Black anti-glare panel on the Lightning F2A. The paint tried to be a bit contrary by being too thin, but I got that sorted out without too much difficulty.

The final color was White, being used to patch up some overspray on the prototype Yak-130. Once that cures, I’ll be able to start the masking job for the Blue portions of the aircraft.

This is an example to myself that airbrush sessions don’t have to be marathon events. Sometimes all it requires is about a half hour of realtime, including cleanup. 


  1. Good looking results. I haven't got the hang of multi-part painting- heck I'm so slow I some times forget what part is next. LOL

    note to self: reread and commit to memory the last two sentences of his post.

  2. Those landing gear now are (mostly) on their respective models, so progress continues. And that statement about airbrush sessions is really just part of my ongoing mantra to try and de-mythologize airbrushing and try not to make it such a psychological block, as it can be sometimes.