The Do-335 Interior, continued...
It seems like like years since I last posted an entry here, but we've have visitors, holidays and colds come up. I've had t a nasty cold for the last couple of weeks and that has taken the wind out of my sails . Anyway, I'm back at it and actually got some work done on the ole Do.
I managed to get the seatbelts assembled and installed on the pilot's ejection seat. As I probably mentioned before, these are aftermarket items sold under the Zoukei-Mura SWS label, but are made by RB productions. The accompanying instructions are very clear and assembly requires very fine tweezers and a little patience to assemble. I glued them down with tiny drops of CA glue and "weathered" them by painting them with a very dilute mixture of of Burnt Umber and and Brown oil paints.
I have to admit, that while I was fiddling around with the seatbelt placement, I boke off the port side arm rest. my first attenpt at re-attaching failed when the part flew off the tweezers and landed five feet away requiring an hour long search to find.
The seat, bulkhead, and side panels are attached to a long floor that Z-M says should be painted a gray-green. My research and photos sent to me by the nice folks at the National Air and Space Museum show this as bare aluminum.
I painted this part and the wheel well side panels various shades of AK Interactive Xtreme Metals to simulate shading and lighting effects. After the paint dried, I randomly dabbed Vallejo Steel all over the part using a natural sponge. This is almost like drybrushing as you don't want the sponge to get too wet with paint. This perpeares the part for the initial wash of Mig Neutral gray that's applied with a large brush pretty much over everything.
I let this set for about 20 minutes then used a lint-free paper towel to wipe off most of the wash. The result, wwhich I discovered by accident, looks like pitted, slightly oxidized metal because the wash doesn't come off the Vallejo acrylic as much as it does from the AK metallic. I then gave areas a pin wash with Mig Dark Brown PLW to highlight the plumbing.