I wanted to create a distressed look to the paint. I think the MiG is basically a brick with wings and many of the models I've seen on the various sites depict pretty much the same plane. I wanted to do something totally different so I opted for depicting a well-worn plane that needs a little cosmetic TLC.
I used Mr Paint lacquers and wasn't entirely sure If I would be able to use the popular hairspary technique so often emplyed by armor modelers. I ended up using it a little with pretty good results, but I decided I would use salt as a masking material.
I started by spraying Mr Paint white Primer mixed with a little gray and pre-shaded the panel lines. After that dried, I sprayed Alclad Aluminum in areas in areas I thought would receive a lot of wear. I let this stuff dry for a few minutes and sprinkled sea salt from a grinder (to get random sizes) on the metal areas. I sprayed tiny amounts of water so that the alt would stick to the paint. After the salt dried, I sprayed Mr Paint Soviet Primer Yellow over those same areas.
I scraped, brushed and rinsed the salt off after the paint had dried to reveal the distressed paint below. Pretty cool, huh?