I've always liked VW's, although
I've never owned one. While on a flight out west I was looking
though a model magazine and came across an article which
featured a VW from a model company named CMK. Besides the
featured model there were four others mentioned. Of the four I
liked two and thus the search began.
I went into hobby store in Nevada
and there it sat. The purchase was made and the planning begun.
Which version, tri-color or gray (ambulance or postal). I've
never done a tri-color German scheme and thought it look
attractive and would be a challenge to do.
The model was assembled without
modifications. I began the paint sequence by laying done a
dusting of black (mostly in the crevices and panel lines, just
like my airplane buddies do). After the black had dried I
applied the base coat (Tamiya XF-60, Dark Yellow). I waited 30
minutes then I painted the red circles (Tamiya XF-64). After the
red circles dried even smaller circles followed, green this time
(Tamiya XF-61). All of this was done without the benefit of
masking so the circles are not perfect, but then they really
don't have to be. Once all the paint dried (about 24hrs), I
dusted on some Polly-S Earth Red and after an hour or so sprayed
on two coats of Future.
Twenty-four hours later the
decals were applied. After letting the decals dry for 24 hours,
I applied two coats of Tester's Dull Coat. The last painting
exercise involved dusting on Tamiya XF-57 (buff). This gives the
model a used looked.
The wheels were also done without
aid of a mask based on an article I had read. I began by
painting the whole wheel assembly black followed by carefully
dusting on the main color (dark yellow). After this had dried I
dusted on Polly-S Earth Red and Tamiya XF-57 thus finishing the
wheels. I thoroughly enjoyed the painting but I won't be doing
any circles any time soon. My next tri-color German scheme will
feature crooked lines!