Scale Aviator International Magazine Issue 3 | Page 60

MASTER CLASS in PILOT PAINTING the black helmet starts to look just like leather. For a darker leather helmet, use less paint and for a more brown leather helmet use more. This technique takes the most time, but it is the most rewarding for the realistic effect achieved. The Best Pilots Bob Sweeney USAAF figure uses the same technique on his helmet. The Best Pilots Pappy Boyington uses an altogether different technique since navy/marine flying helmets were cloth. But we do use the Dry brush technique to get the earcups to look like leather that house the headphones. To get Pappy�s helmet to look real, first paint the cloth area MMA Dark Tan. To bring out the detail, we apply a wash. -Washes- A wash is simply thinned down paint that is very watery. This allows the pigment to run into lower areas like stitches, ridges and seams to make that detail “pop”. I discovered a very useful wash that works a bit better than plain water. We�ll call it Best Pilot�s Wash. To make, mix slowly- no bubbles - 5 parts water and 1 part Future floor polish in an empty medicine bottle or similar container. The Future is a well-used magical liquid used by fine scale modelers for years, [