Great Guide Plastic Models – How to paint cockpit

Great Guide Plastic Models – How to paint cockpit

Welcome to the new video tutorial. How to paint aircraft cockpit. For this video series, I have choosen Focke-Wulf 190 model made by Eduard. The first step is to carefully read the manual and find the parts that I need. I cut out the individual parts with splitters and clean up with a sharp knife. Now I glue everything together. I use Revell Contact glue and my favorite Tamiya extra thinn glue which is great for small parts. The cockpit now looks very ordinary, so I improve it a little. I hint the gauges with a drill and deepen the details. However, it is easier to use electric micro drill Proxon. This tool provides a lot of options such as drilling, grinding, polishing and cutting. I clear impurities after grinding with extra thin glue. The cockpit still does not have much details and it doesn’t look like original aircraft cockpit. I create raised levers and buttons from epoxy putty, which is best for creating such small detailed parts. I must not forget to make a pillow. I decided to try lead wires and so I have bought quite a lot of them with many different diameters. Guys, I must say, this is the best thing I have found this year so far. They are absolutely astonishing to work with. They are mainly used by fishermen, but they can be bought in hobby shops too I will definitely show you more of them in one of the future tutorials. It is quite easy to work with leader wires because they hold the shape very well. I glue them with a superglue. What I can’t make myself are rudder pedals. Difference between original ones from the kit and photo edge parts is pretty big. I let the epoxy putty to dry for one day. After that I can start painting the cockpit. Finally! I start with a black base and make the shade gradually brighter. This way I create artificial shadows in the folds. If you watched previous videos, then you have noticed that I use Tamiya acrylic paints. I mix the light grey shade from two colors and spray the paint in vertical direction to the cockpit. So, I have the basics done and now starts the fun part of brush painting. I recommend to use acrylic paints. In my case, I use Vallejo and Citadel paints. It is also important to have a fine thin brush. For example, Tamiya brush small round. I paint the pillow with a leather color and subsequently shade with beige color. The beige paint must be well thinned, so it won’t make sharp transitions between shades. I paint the gauges and labels with white Citadel color. I spray the whole cockpit with varnish Mr.Color Super Clear III. It will seal the already painted details and protect them before applying washes. Another improvement made from photo etched parts are seat belts that will brigten up the model nicely. It is nearly impossible to achieve this result in scale 1/72 only with a brush, and therefore Eduard sells already painted dashboards. However, in scale 1/48 I usually repaint them. I unite the colors with the rest of cockpit. I leave the black part with gauges as it is. Some people overlap the part with a transparent film, but it is more efficient to create each slide separately with a gloss varnish. Then it will have better three-dimensional look. I apply thick glossy paint into the holes with a brush. It should create a thin transparent membrane. I glue the individual photo etched parts together with a dispersion adhesive. Don’t worry if you don’t have colored photo etched parts. Now I’ll show you how to paint the same dashboard only with a brush. The basis is to have a fine round brush and steady hand. If you do not care much on authenticity of the dashboard, you can add several colors to brigten it up. I apply a glossy varnish on gauges to create the impression of glass slides. The labels would not hurt either and the model will look better. In the end I use Citadel wash. This is how the difference between photo etched parts and painted dashboard looks like. I strayed out a little from making the cockpit, but I am going to finish it now. I highlight the details with washes. I use Citadel wash for seat belts and Tamiya wash for the rest. If you make a splodge, or you overused the washes too much, you can partially clean them with Mig Thinner for wahes. If you sealed the undercoat with varnish then it should not damage the paint and it should easily remove the dried wash. One of the last steps is to paint the safety belt buckle with a silver color. I add a little bit of dust under the pilot’s feet using Mig pigments. At the end I spray everything with matt varnish.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Hi, thanks for this kind of tutorials!! Can i ask u, what kind of material is the paste u used to model the seat and so on? Thanks in advance!! Cheers from Rome.

  2. As always amazing work. My pwn models cannot hold a candle to yours but hopefully in the next year I will no longer be traveling and can stay put in order to set up an air brush area and begin to work on techniques.
    Have you ever used Future as your varnish before the panel line accent? And if so will it still protect the paint?

  3. Hi
    i saw a lot of modelings working on a WWII aircraft but a some one like you didn't saw
    on all ebay movies , so professional have to learn from you

  4. will u pls make a model of Black hawk helicopter? I love to see it videos.I'll love more to see if u build up my favourite helicopter😃😃

  5. wow bro ! great info .. ! I always wondered how you guys did that stuff .. now I can go to the next level thank you !

  6. I found this video very impressive and helpful. I will be trying to build a airfix Messerschmitt 109 soon and I haven't built an airplane kit in years so I'll be using your video as a great reference. Thanks for sharing.

  7. As always, your true gift of modeling skills comes shining through. You make everything look so easy and guys like me can't even pronounce the stuff that you do let alone do it too. Thank you again for another sensational tutorial and best wishes to you always young man!

  8. dont want to be mean. but your english has gotten so much better in two years.. watching your newest videos compared to these videos is like day and night. youre getting a lot of practice in. good work both on the models and language!

  9. About that "Pillow", didn't they sit on their parachutes or had something else attached to their butts? I thought I've seen something like that before…

  10. Wow this looks amazing. Just getting back to modeling but on a much lower level… One day I hope to be able to build a model just as nice as you do

  11. Well, I am picking my jaw off the floor, that was superb. I'm inspired to try to make mine better. Thank you for sharing. Oh by the way, excellent choice of music and the production value was top notch. Thanks again.BruceMadison, SD

  12. Excellent tutorial, thank you very much. WW2 fighters didn't have pillows, the pilot sat on his parachute which was strapped to him. hth

  13. I would have thought painting would be best done before gluing because of better acces, easier to hold, etc..

    Why do people do it after assembly?

  14. Are u kidding me! Tought u was teaching me how to put a plane togheter here ……. i can't do that painting……. nobody can

  15. wow. absolutely stunning work. your level of effect and detail and at such a small scale! unbelievable. such beautiful work. thank you for sharing.

  16. Bejesus! I've been doing model aircraft off and on since I was 8 yo, ( 50 next year ) and thought I was pretty damn good, even won a couple of competitions at some local hobby shops. After watching this guy, I realize my amateur days are far from over. That is some amazing work!

  17. Problem I have about this is , most world war 2 planes in fact all propellor driven fighters of this era were not that complex in the cockpit , you have over detailed it and it looks like a modern jet fighter cockpit and is not very authentic or representative of that era

  18. You are one of my favorite in scale modeling …what a great job you always show in every video !

  19. I just finished the same plane and project,I only wish I saw this video before I,wow,wow great work.

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