Our July meeting went very well and featured a demonstration on what is needed to paint realistic figures. This consisted of a review of the Calvin Tan DVDs and included a practical demonstration and discussion of the process, as well as the paints and technique required. This was a fun and informative activity that the members found interesting and useful. As we know painting figures can be a bit tricky and as scary as rigging WW1 aircraft, but with a little planning, patience and practice its one of those skills that once mastered can really enhance our models.
Check out the Demonstrations page for a copy of the handout!
Last year’s release of the 1/32 Horten 229 by Zoukei-Mura created quite a stir in the modelling world. While we’ve become accustomed to their exciting releases, this kit was particularly interesting in that the subject matter was one of the mysterious late war What-Ifs that actually had a substantiated base with a captured prototype. Also of keen interest was the ability to do something special with the wooden finish.
Uschi from Germany have released a set of wood grain decals that will also be released soon under Zoukei-Mura branding. While the art of replicating wood-grain has become somewhat of an art-form driven by the Wingnut Wings phenomenon, this is one subject that as wonderful as it looks in natural wood may not actually be all that realistic based on the research at the Smithsonian on their example of the aircraft.
The team at the Smithsonian have exhaustively been analyzing the aircrafts structure and materials working out how to preserve and restore the Horten. Interestingly it appears the wood was treated with a semi-transparent green coating. While the grain is visible, it may mean natural timber panels, while stunning to look at are not truly representative.
Here’s a link to the research done by the Smithsonian on the wooden structure:
And here are some specific panel samples
Belly Panel After Cleaning
Horten H IX V3
Horten H IX V3 Acrylic
And here’s a view on the metal coatings, it appears to be a similar colour!
So perhaps as nice as the natural wood and metal finish looks, it may not be all that accurate based on how it appears they intended to produce the Horten Ho229?
You be the judge!!!