Once again I am prematurely posting a build from my work bench, not quite finished since I goofed up the window panes by spraying with the slightest hint of Alclad green tint leaving a matte finish then trying to ressurect the shine with Floquil clearcoat arrghh . . .
. . this was a fun build, Gecko did a splendid job reproducing an odd ball vehicle that I never dreamed would be marketed, it reminds me of something you’d see in an old cartoon from the 1940’s, Steamboat Willie perhaps.
This was the first time I’d built an metallic finish and I discovered the airbrush has to be 90° perpendicular to the surface, otherwise the metallic flakes don’t lay down and the result, for my experience at least, was a black mottled effect and a raised texture. The base coat was too shiney so I oversprayed that with a much dilluted “wash” of light gray, still not what I was going for so I washed the whole model with alcohol using a 1/2" wide fluffy brush. Alcohol over lacquer paint has an intresting effect and in this case it created a weathered salt water exposed look.
Prior to building I spent quite a few hours scraping and sanding the hull bow and sides trying to get a stressed or fatigued metal appearance and it looked convincing enough but totally disappeared when the paint went on.
The pilot house is detailed nicely but there’s room enough if you choose to take it up a notch. The biggest problem I had was the PE ID plates, in fact not the peices so much as necessitating CA glue, me and that stuff just don’t get along. Second to that was fixing the hull bumpers to the model, the curvature of the bow was particularly irritating but it’s the nature of the game.
I can’t end this without giving a huge shout out to Sprue Bros., the kit delivered a bit banged up but intact, I had checked the contents for damage but it wasn’t until I started planning the build strategy a few weeks later that I discovered the wheel/tire sprues were missing. Without question or hesitation they exchanged a replacement kit, smooth as silk and totally cool for me 'cause I hate hiccups. Thank you Sprue Brothers!.
Forgive me guys for posting a not quite finished model but I get impatient and need to move on, there’s a T54 for a campaign build that I need to get done but I just can’t get my pointy little head into it, and the Huey campaign starts soon so I needed to get this one off the table.
I hope y’all like it, let me know what you think.