Wednesday, September 26

Swedish subsonic spear – the Tarangus 1/48th Scale SAAB A32 Lansen A - Pt. III

The third part of this build from Eth and we get past the bare bones onto the main job of painting the kit and the true sleek lines of this aircraft are coming out -  check out this part of the kit to see what he has been up to with it..

Kit Maker: Tarangus
Scale: 1/48th
Kit no: TA4801
Sprues: 5
Parts: 80 grey + clear Parts
Material: Injection moulded plastic + PE Parts in the Maestro Add-on kits
Where to get it: Tarangus website directly

SAAB A32 Lansen A Build Pt. IISAAB A32 Lansen A Build Pt. IV
SAAB A32 Lansen A Build Pt. V

With the kit now ready for painting the first order of the day is the primer coat. Because Alclad Lacquers were to be used on this model it was primed with Alclad’s Black Gloss primer and filler. This is a very good primer and provides the perfect base for the next steps in the painting process. First an explanation as to why the Alclad primer was used. Alclad is an alcohol based paint and when using any of their “polished” range it needs a good black primer to give depth to the following paint.
The entire model was sprayed with the primer. Although the upper surfaces were going to be painted LifeColor LC-UA001 this would be chipped and so a metallic under surface was required. Setting my Iwata compressor to 12psi the Alclad Polished Aluminium was sprayed on in several layers building up the opacity of the paint. The drying time between each coat can be between half an hour to an hour, so this was not a quick process. However by the end of the day the Alclad was on and the model was set aside for 48 hours to dry. Due to an error on my part there are no photos of the model in overall Polished Aluminium, however the above photos show the finish on the under sides.
With the Alclad now dry, the surface was checked to ensure no dust etc had spoiled the finish, thankfully there were no problems and then several coats of Future were sprayed to protect the underneath of the aircraft during the next stages. It was now time to apply the LifeColor to the upper surfaces. Before this was undertaken some Humbrol masking fluid was applied to the likely areas where scratches would occur.
LifeColor is quite easy to spray; the most difficult thing about it is the paint to thinner ratio. I always use LifeColor thinner as this gives the best results. Usually the paint to thinner ratio is 4 drops of paint to one of thinner but this can change depending on atmospheric conditions, humidity can really alter the ratio. The paint was sprayed on in several layers, building up the colour until I was happy with it.
The model was left for 24 hours and then the liquid maskol was removed. A tooth pick was used to remove more paint to create more scratches; this is where spraying the whole model in Alclad paid off. The next step was to mask out the natural metal finish on the leading edge of the wings, and tail.
Other panels were also masked off and a LC-UA078 was used to help create a contrast between new and old panels.  The model was then set aside so the paint could thoroughly cure before the next stage could take place, the spraying of more Future and the decal application.    

Ethelian Glendawr

Thanks to Tarangus for this kit and the extra additional etched add on parts more of this build very soon right here - stay tuned.