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Storm Warning

I used White Ensign Models Colourcoats enamel paints for the main camouflage painting, of Medium Sea Grey undersurfaces with Ocean Grey and Dark Green on the uppersurfaces.

Before painting I washed the model with Isopropynol, then primed with Halfords (car excessory store, in the UK) white plastic primer. The primer coat was then smoothed out using 0000 grade wire wool. This gives a nice smooth surface, the wire wool will not remove any detail, like emery paper might.

Next up was the pre-shading (see my article HERE for an explanation of how and why I do this). After the pre-shading and before the main camouflage colours, comes the quick identification elements of, Sky fuselage band (spinner and back plate are painted at the same time), and yellow on the wing leading edges. These elements are masked, then the white for the D-Day stripes is painted next. I originally used Tamiya acrylics for this, but in my haste I got something wrong and the paint came out like pebble dashing (rough finish). When I tried to sand it smooth some of the paint came away. I went over it with Revell gloss white.

These areas were then masked in preparation of spraying the main camouflage colours. D-day stripes on this aircraft are 18” wide, that’s 9.35mm in 1/48 scale. I planned on using the kit black stripes but these are 9.5mm, (0.15mm is nothing) so I used the width of the decal stripes to determine the width of the white areas. I determined the start point and set the width on a pair of dividers then measured five legs. I did this in several places, along the wings and fuselage, making a slight mark in the paint with the point of the dividers. I then began to lay down thin strips of Tamiya masking tape, checking with the dividers regularly. I checked and checked again, until I was satisfied that the extremities of the D-Day stripes had been masked accurately. The next job was to position the areas that are left unpainted around the codes. These had to be spot on, so that the rest of the markings would be in the correct place; again I used the dividers. Judge for yourself how accurate I was. The white areas were filled in using Tamiya masking tape.

The undersurfaces were then painted with Colourcoats Medium Sea Grey. When dry this was masked, again using Tamiya tape. The uppersurface colours, Ocean Grey and Dark Green, again by Colourcoats were sprayed next. The demarcation, between each colour was done freehand.
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About the Author

About Mal Mayfield (Holdfast)

Hi, my name is Mal Mayfield and I have been modelling seriously for about 25 years. My main interest is 1/48 scale second world war. I build all types and all combatants. I have built 1/35 scale "targets" and 1/72 scale modern aircraft, plus a couple of cars. I have also dabbled with figure painting...


Thanks guys, I enjoyed doing it. Watch out for "Storm Bringers" as this article isn't complete without it. You will be amazed at how much I can write about 8 little plastic rockets :-) Mal
JAN 31, 2005 - 09:34 AM
Nice job buddy! Almost as nice as my Typhoon!
JAN 31, 2005 - 10:14 AM
Yep you're right almost as nice, er what no invasion stripes? Mal
FEB 01, 2005 - 08:24 AM
Nope, mine has the ID stripes under the wings, before D-Day. I'd say 1943ish... I've got my bombs to paint (because everyone should know RCAF Typhies never carrier rockets) and some touch ups to make, but for that I need a new paintbrush, the one I normally use is KIA...
FEB 01, 2005 - 12:36 PM
That Typhoon is well cool! You should do a dio for it! the article also very good! cheers Philip
FEB 02, 2005 - 10:30 AM
Great article mal, realy good job, clear and that plane's a nice one! Ollie, must agree, thats a nice typhoon! Frank
FEB 02, 2005 - 10:49 AM
You know what's the best part of that Typhoon Frank? It's going to be RCAF!
FEB 02, 2005 - 01:10 PM
Thanks Philip, I gave up on dioramas, they take far to much time I would never get any models built :-) I have been thinking of doing a few bases, for photographic purposes. I will actually be doing a small dio when I complete my N1K1 Kyofu float plane. I think that float planes should be shown on water, as land planes are shown on the ground. This will be fun because it will be the first time I have tried depicting water. I'm thinking a ground crewman or maybe a "sloppo" sitting on the wing and fishing :-) Mal
FEB 03, 2005 - 08:03 AM
Mal, Great article of one of my favorite aircraft. It is especially apt as I am currently researching RAF tactical air power of the period. A wonderful subjects. Great work Ross
FEB 04, 2005 - 12:17 AM
Thanks Ross. Mal
FEB 05, 2005 - 08:26 AM