Good Foundations

Dark basecoats can contribute to dramatic effects and, due to enamel’s resilient nature, they can be wet-sanded between coats to provide an ideal foundation layer, as on Eduard’s 1/48 Bf 109G-10.
Although a super-smooth surface can be achieved by wet-sanding an enamel basecoat, one or two airbrushed layers will not provide sufficient depth to eliminate blemishes such as sink marks, unlike high-build primers.
Pre-shading requires a light-coloured base; here a pale-toned enamel, 103 Cream, was chosen as a basecoat for Airfix’s 1/48 Hurricane and allowed to harden before being lightly dry-sanded to remove any dust contamination.
Next, a dark-toned mix (29 Dark Earth and 85 Coal Black) was airbrushed along the panel lines and used to darken the sunken sections of the elevators, rudder and ailerons to accentuate their contours.


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