This is where I got this technique for painting canopies.
I have tried it last Wednesday night on the Corsair and Wildcat canopies.
I used my homemade zinc chromate as a base coat. I have added the second base coat Thursday morning after breakfast.
While at it I added the top coat for the Zero canopies.
What a better way to start the day before going shopping with my wife this morning, and to babysit my grandchildren later tonight. I will see if I have to add a second coat. Tomorrow I will use the cocktail toothpick and compare the end result…
I have used several other techniques before. This one I had used with the B-25 I gave my brother. I had used leftover decals that I had painted silver. I then used them as ordinary decals, and cut the excess off.
One error I had made was trying this technique with the canopies already glued on. I have learned my lesson.
I think using this technique is worth a try once more.
This is a technique I had used before but had forgotten that I did…
The Zero, next to the P-51 and Bf-109, is probably the most modeled WWII fighter. The Tamiya kit of the early war Zeke was considered state-of-the-art when it was released over 25 years ago. By today’s standards it’s just okay. Cockpit detail is passable and there are a mix of very fine raised and engraved panel lines. The wheel wells are molded in and detailed plus you get a choice of either open or closed canopy clear parts. The engine is just a half molding so displaying it with the cowl removed or open requires some aftermarket resin. Flaps are molded in place so don’t expect Hasegawa finery here. Despite their age these molds have really stood up to the test of time. There is no flash. The only problem I could see was the lower wing (which is one piece) was a bit warped. The decals are typical Tamiya and seem thick but after application that thickness appears to go away.
24 August 1942: Flying a Grumman F4F Wildcat, Lieutenant Marion Eugene Carl, United States Marine Corps, a 27-year-old fighter pilot assigned to Marine Fighter Squadron 223 (VMF-223) based at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal Island, shot down four enemy airplanes in one day. They were a Mitsubishi A6M “Zeke” fighter, a Mitsubishi G4M1 “Betty” medium bomber and two Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” torpedo bombers. Carl had previously shot down an A6M during the Battle of Midway, less than three months earlier. He now had five aerial combat victories, making him the Marine Corps’ first ace.