I’ve just bought a set of Tamiya’s ‘US Navy Aircraft’ in 1/350 scale.
Disappointingly, the cockpit canopies are simply an extension of the
fuselage moulding, rather than being clear parts.
Any suggestions as to the most effective way of painting these to give
the impression of glass? The instructions call for a coat of X3 (Metallic
Blue), though I can’t imagine that would be particularly convincing. My
thought is a very dark grey, followed by a coat of gloss or satin varnish.
Without cutting away the canopy, and replacing it with a scratch-built
clear part, there is no way of adding any interior detail … great shame!