With the Football season over with, the baseball pre-season just starting, and the Daytona 500 next weekend, I had a full weekend to just model, well sort of. Some medical issues came up, but by Saturday afternoon we're all back home from the hospital, so I had some time to model.
Rather, I should have said paint now that the great white basing experiment was under way.
I started off with the bottom of the F4F-3 by painting it with a custom mix of Tamiya paints to represent Medium Gray which corresponds to FS36440,ANA 620. For the mix I used Tamiya SKY GREY XF19 2 parts to 1 part Tamiya XF-2 FLAT WHITE, then thinned it with Yellow cap at a 2:3 ratio Air brushed @ a flow rate of 16 psi.
The results were super smooth, but the white basing almost all but disappeared. Exactly the effect I was hoping for, as the bottom will show the effects of dirt, oil, grease, & sand/dirt, not so much fading do to the elements.
Sunday I masked the demarcation lines with Silly Putty, then proceeded to mix the Non-Specular Blue-Grey which closes matches FS35189. For that I used Tamiya XF-18 MEDIUM BLUE 3 parts to 1 part Tamiya Flat White XF2, and then also cut it with Yellow cap @ 2:3, with a flow rate of 16 psi.
the results were sort of mixed. While the White Basing worked ok, the blotches were generally to large and unrealistic in appearance (my screw up), so I applied another few light coats, and now the results look much better, but still I need to do some post shading with lighter and darker tones for the effect I'm looking for. Washes will come after the decals are sealed.
You'll also notice that unlike any American WW11 Naval aircraft of the two tone period: 1941-1942, the Neutral Gray wraps around the cowl front. I'm assuming that's just something that VMF 211 did. So I went looking through my research material, and I found one photograph that was actually taken by the Japanese the day after the Wake Island battle. You can clearly see the cowl in the 4th aircraft back with the Gray encompassing the cowl lip.
This is the 11th plane from the 12 planes of VMF stationed on Wake. I'm either going to model it, or F-1, the commanders aircraft. The 12 other planes of VMF 211 were stationed at Ewa, Territory of Hawaii.