1/48 MiG-31: Deciding How to Paint this Thing.
I looked at a bunch of completed 31s on the web, and although they were all perfectly finished and beautiful, they tended to look the same. There was one that was built by a fellow named Julien Hacoun who painted his in bare metal and lemon yellow primer that was really different and outstanding. I decided I was going to do something that would set mine apart from the others. Mine was going look like it had gone through hell and back. I was going to to show a well worn version that is not actually the case in real life as these beasts are very well maintained and have recently gone through an upgrade program.
I had to figure out how I wanted to accomplish this and by how much.
I used a chinese knock-off of a knock-off of an SU-27 for my tests. I used the salt technique. If you're not familiar with that, you paint in layers that are masked off with damp salt. When the top layer of paint dries, you simply brush and/or rinse thesalt off in order to expose the color beneath. I'll talk more about this in a later post, but in the meantime, you can see the results of my test below.
I'll show you how I wore down the red star later, too.