Some parts for my Revell 1/32 P-51, using the "hair spray" method. This is for Maggie's "M" challenge, as well as the fact that I have been wanting to produce a model of this aircraft for quite some time. Revell's new 1/32 scale kit gives me the opportunity to render this in 1/32 scale without resorting to the expense of the Tamiya kit
The floor of the P-51 was ply wood painted black. I painted it first with the cockpit green, then masked that and applied a bleached linen colour. I then applied raw sienna artist oil paint, dragged over the linen colour to simulate wood. This needs to dry for a few days. While this was drying I painted parts of the model, that would end up as silver, with Alclad II matt black primer. These areas were then painted with Alclad II "high speed silver. This included the propeller spinner.
When the oil paint on the cockpit floor had dried I applied hair spray, which had been decanted from the can (Treseme
) to the floor area and to the spinner. I gave that an hour(ish) to dry and then applied matt black paint to the floor and the yellow to the spinner (and the prop tips). Within about 45-60mins, I chipped the spinner, using a wooden cocktail stick and weathered through the black of the floor with water and a stiff, cut down paint brush. It takes a little time for the water to react with the hair spray (actually scratching the black, just a little, allowed the process to work). Water was used on the spinner, after it was chipped with the cocktail stick but I'm not sure if it had any effect?
For the 4" yellow tips on the prop blades I cut strips of material at a scale 4" (3.18mm), laid these on the tips, butted masking tape up to them, masked the rest of the prop, which is already painted silver and black, the painted the tips, when I painted the spinner.