Studio scale X-Wing Salzo V4 painting guide my way....RED5

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Hi Folks.
Here's another commission I have done this last year. Its a Salzo V4 X-wing which will be in the Unsurprising guise of Red 5.
I have spend 5 day up to this point building the kit with the clients wishes foremost. The cockpit was never going to be the a singing ,all dancing hyper detailed version as seen in some builds. As my self and the client were wanting something as close as possible to the "real deal" as on the ILM model. So it was modified to have a flat surface and minimal detailing. The interior has had a Eurofighter seat installed, as the original bucket seats seen in the ful size version simply look wrong in the miniature without a pilot.
Cockpit sub assembly was painted before installation as was the cockpit itself. These will be masked during the main painting session.
The starting colour was my obligatory off white which I like so much as it works really well with the colours I choose for the "dirt"
So this is now day one of painting.
It is shot in a base coat of automotive off white. This supplies a great base which you can cut back to with thinners etc when needed later on in the job.
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Next stage is to get the surfaces all sketched out with the main panels and colour idents added.
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I start with the darkest areas seen on the reference images and add some colour washes to the grimy parts as a sketch to check out the position and balance of the model.
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Chipping is masked using latex masking fluid, and some are done later using thinners to add another style to the paint job where needed.
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I removed the offending raised details which match red 2 and others and replaced them with the red 5 raised squares. Grey panel positions going on as well as the first multi layered panels using masking fluid, and the red stripe.
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x nose top 1.jpg

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Next up is some more panel detailing and adding panel lines to the wing rears. all areas which were marked with the initial dark pin wash and splodges are now airbrushed to blend them in and add a more subtle edge to the splodge etc.
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Also starting to individually shade some panels to give more relief to the surfaces.
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Now the complexity starts to take over the overall look which I look forward to during these paint jobs, as you need to creep up on the overall look and not try to bomb it in too short a time. Just keep looking at it and mostly the references to get the balance right as best you can. Remember this is no where near finished and what looks a bit "in your face " now, will tone down as the layers of grime go on. Notice the slight light grey overspray on the red wing details to knock back the red without making it too Pink. Initial streak placement going on with a light pass of 50/50 black and dark decking brown.
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more soon. :)
 

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Next up is just following the references for shading and more surface detailing
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A single panel has been added to the model on top of the rear left engine, as it is missing from the casting as seen on red 2. Blast marks are done with a fine brush in a thinned down dark grey as a sketch for the positions before going over them with an airbrush for the slightly shaded edges.
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Rust and other grime is added and airbrushed to feather it in a little. Scratches and other marks made by sanding down through the layers on the original are added by paint, as sanding it is only good for a finish which doesn't need to follow references quite so accurately. There are always differences to the details as getting it 100 percent correct is almost impossible by eye, but we can but try.
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sketching in the internal streaks and blast marks.
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The rear is stating to come together now with rust on the rear panels of the wings, grey sections inside the rear greebies etc
 

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Another day on, and im onto fitting the engines and guns. The guns are mounted on 3mm steel rods inserted into the wings with a corresponding hole in the underside of each gun pod. These will be glued when finished for a nice solid mount.
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The underside is coming together as well. Notice the surface details are missing from around the lower mounting point and there is a white section with no weathering where the lower panel fits, this is to bring this into line with the filming miniature. The lower panel was moulded before removal, and I have cast a replacement which fits perfectly and matches the weathering in case the client wants to rear mount this one.
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rear view is starting to look pretty sick now.
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Side view is coming together as well, but the guns need work to bring them into line with the rest of it.
 

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So here is the final incarnation with more done on the guns, wings, and everything else. Images are from my phone so don't have the best colour reference and tend to blur some colours together so please excuse this. Tons of small black rectangles and other idents all over the place.
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subtle surface details added with some thinners on a scrunched towel to break up the smoother look of the airbrushing. Its important not to go all in with one particular style/ method of painting as the models can look to shaded for want of a better word.
top engine maarks with rag and thinners.jpg

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The camera is making the rust look a bit on the harsh side as it seems to love to intensify any red in the image.
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So here it is on its stand ready for delivery. I cant thank the client enough for having me do this for him, as each one I do seems to be more fun.
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ON STAND L SIDE ANGLE.jpg
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I hope this may help anyone out there who is thinking of attacking this paint job. Take your time and don't be too precious about the application of the paint. Check your references all the time, never think you know where anything goes without a picture!. Don't be shy with the dirt, it loves it, and if you screw it up, just wash it with a thinner soaked rag and start again. Its part of the adventure. Thanks for getting this far down the page. Happy modelling folks.
 

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that is brilliant.your client has got to be overjoyed with the work and finished job.looks cool mate(y)
 

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Cheers for the kind words folks. As it turns out, the client loves it. Which is great news ;-)
Images don't do the paint job justice though. I think I need to purchase a better camera.
 

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That's beautiful, and thank you for the run down. It's always helpful when someone breaks down their process like this. I will be doing Red 5 with my V5, and this will definitely come in handy.
 

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Im not sure about reference images Fett-ish. But thanks for the praise.
If anyone is planning to do theirs, please do it from the original references in case the dreaded "Chinese whispers" move from painter to painter as I believe the y wings may have done over time. ;-)
But im super stoked you all like it. Thanks
 
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