A realistic finish comes with the correct mix of smooth paint, accurate colors, and decals that look like they're part of the paint job. What truly makes a model look real is when it looks used. Squeaky-clean has its merits, but the model that's sure to generate attention and comment is the one that looks like it might smell of hot glycol or burnt kerosene. Learn how to weather your airplane like a pro.
There are parts of an aircraft model where you can get away with mistakes. The canopy is never one of them. Spots of glue or squiggly framework on clear parts can spoil a model more surely than anything. But if you’ve ever loused one up, you are in excellent company. That’s why you read so many articles and tips about it. Here are three of the most common — and reliable — ways of masking a canopy for painting.
RC Kit Airplanes and 3D Modeling, discover the art and skill of CAD modeling large scale airplanes. I show you the whole process of creating kit planes from CAD design, manufacture, to building and flight. A modern way to scratch build scale wooden planes