Question on painting - what's the best order to paint?? I've decided to go with the box art paint scheme of tank 204 from schwere Panzerabteilung 501, December 44:
This is my first time painting any sort of plastic model, not to mention a tank. The way I read the directions provided with the kit is that some basic pieces are primed, the entire model is assembled, the plastic primed, and then painted.
What I don't understand is:
- The road wheels, sprocket, hull, etc are primed - after assembly, do I need to de-assemble to paint? The paint scheme requires application of camo pattern on the sprocket/idler wheels/road arms, and I'm assuming dunkelgelb on the lower hull. Or do I paint them before installation?
- It would seem to make more sense to me to apply the camo to the main body and then add on pre-painted finishing pieces such as spare track, tow cables, tools, etc. Especially since this is my first time doing this sort of painting/detailing, and will be my first time working with an airbrush.
My last question is on the airbrushes themselves. Do I need an airbrush for larger surface areas to cover the dunkelgelb base, and then a finer airbrush to apply the camo pattern? Are there recommended airbrush models that are of high quality but also forgiving to the beginner?