Last MiG-31BM update of 2015! The wheel wells!
While very detailed in their own way, I’ve decided to add a few more wires using everything I found on my modelling table – from stretched sprue and thin copper wires to soldering wire.
For base colour of wheel wells and jet intakes, I’ve used Alclad Dark Aluminum. This was followed by careful painting of little details – from wiring to the hydraulic actuators and other little details. It was also the first time, I’ve tried brush painting the Alclad. Shaking the bottle well, I’ve unscrewed the lid, turn it around and let it sit for a while. After a minute or so, some of the thinner evaporated, leaving a bit thicker (but still quite thin) paint to work with!
When it comes to washes, I prefer to use artist oil paints mixed with some White Spirit. You will need only a few basic shades and they will last you a lifetime, unlike some commercially available pre-made washes. Looking at the reference photos, BMs have very clean looking wheel wells so instead of simulating grime, I just wanted to enhance the shadows. Mixing a thin wash, it will flow around edges of all the wiring and other exposed details, but will remain slightly translucent. This in effect will makes all the details pop up without that filthy as a steam locomotive look. You don’t have to worry, if some of the wash remains on some surfaces – while clean, I still wouldn’t perform open-heart surgery in there.
Wheel wells received a coat of Alclad Semi-Matt lacquer to seal the oil-washes and retain some of that dull yet metallic look.
Front wheel well looks really great with all the molded details. Front gear leg supports have to be inserted, but not glued, before closing the well, though.
Full length intakes and engines – they look impressive and most importantly, even though they won’t be seen, they keep the big boxy fuselage apart and in correct width (Remember problems with Trumpeter RA-5C Vigilantes?!)
A tip of advice. Engines and especially the intakes are really a tight fit. Removing a couple of millimeters from the marked raised spot will make your life much easier!
Frontal look at the intake details and compressor face.
All the wheel wells inserted and it’s about time, we start closing up this beast!
Until the next time and
HAPPY NEW YEAR!