The Do-335 Engines
These are very cool littl kits in and of themselves. Z-M really does a nice job on their engines. You can check out what I mean by taking a look at my Ho-229 build.
I decided to assemble them and paint them as sub-assmblies. The engine blocks as one, and all the other add-on parts seperately. I think this approach will make it easier to weather eaverything.
Assembly is pretty straightforward. I just kinda sorta followed the instructions so there is nothing really more to sy about that.
Painting is where all the effort is going to go. I started by using Mission Models black primer.
This stuff goes on quite smoothly and evenly. I initially mixed the paint too thin using their thinner (that activates the primer) so I simply added a bit more primer until my airbrush was happy with the viscosity. This stuff is pretty forgiving in that regard. I let that dry overnight.
The next evening I began painting by first laying down a coat of Mission Models plain ole black. I followed that up by hitting random areas with mixtures of black/tire black, tire black, RLM 66/white, RLM 66/black, and a few other changes in tone/shade. I just didn't want a solid black of indistinguishable plastic.
I let everything dry overnight again because it was, after all, New Years Eve.
The next day (today), I dabbed on some Vallejo black paint radomly onto the engine blocks. I've found that this paint reacts slightly differently to enamel washes and produces some very subtle tonal variations. I used this technique on my Horten's bare metal parts.
This stuff dries in just a few minutes. I then applied a wash using Mig Neutral Gray. I brushed it on liberally and waited a few minutes before wiping it off with a lint-free paper towel.
I was careful not to wipe too much off, and even so, I applied more later on. This was followed by a few pin washes using deep brown and stone.
I made my usual slurry of Mig Fresh Engine Oil, pastels and thinner and added various oil leaks and stains.
You can check out how I make oil stains by looking through earlier blog posts.