Today I did most of the preliminary painting. This is the base type stuff that will be mostly on interior surfaces.
Obviously that means mostly Interior Green. Later Mustangs would have more different colors here (Interior Green, Dark Green, Black), and the landing gear bay was bare metal. But as this is an early “B” it was mostly interior green. Propeller tips are yellow, which always means a white undercoat. Yellow just never works without white underneath.
Hard to see here, but I sprayed some Neutral Grey on surfaces that will be hard to get to later. Since its a major exterior color I used scale effect on the Neutral Grey. That means I mixed up a batch that is about 25% white/75% Neutral Grey. Colors tend to look darker as they are scaled down. That means the smaller the scale model the lighter you need your colors. For every model I mix up scaled colors, of about the amount I think I’ll need for the whole build. I also thin it down for air brushing. This saves a lot of time to have your base colors available for immediate spraying over the course of the project. But this concoction will not last like this more than a couple months (I don’t know exactly why, but paints seem to degrade quickly if they’re exposed to much air, even if they’re resealed well) so I mix it one project at a time. As the major exterior colors for this build are only Neutral Grey and Olive Drab those are the only two I will mix.
I mentioned my tools yesterday but neglected to photograph them. So here you go! No surprise, the top air brush with the bigger cup is the wider angle brush. The orange handled sprue nippers cut close to part surfaces so the part can usually be cleaned up easily with the knife and/or files. The self locking tweezers are just below the nippers; they are very handy for parts you will want to hang on to for a couple minutes and their blunt head is perfect for burnishing masking tape into position. I go through two or three knife blades on most builds, and the size “0” brush lasts a couple months. Files get replaced about once a month, although that varies a lot based on how much work parts and seams need on my current project! I use toothpicks and cotton swabs at an amazing rate.