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AMMO IAF Acrylic Colors and Kinetic KFIR C1

AMMO IAF Acrylic Colors and Kinetic KFIR C1

The Kfir C1 (Hebrew which means"Lion Cub") is an Israeli-built warplane based on the French Mirage 5. It entered service with the KheilHaAvir - the Israeli Air Force (IAF)- in 1975 and was operative until the mid-1990’s when it was superseded by more modern types of aircraft.

 painting Kafir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO


painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

This model was released by Kinetic in 2013, and although it has been discontinued, it is a well-detailed kit that builds quite nicely with sharply recessed panel lines.


painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

Once the model has been built it is sprayed with a layer AMMO White Surface Primer. The AMMO paints from their IAF set are extremely thin and I don´t want a grey or black primer showing through and altering these accurate colors.

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

 The model is painted in the tri-tone IAF camouflage pattern using acrylic colors from the AMMO IAF paint set.

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

 With the model painted, I apply a gloss varnish layer before applying decals, and a satin coat afterwards to protect them from the subsequent weathering steps.

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

Taking advantage of varnish drying time (I never start the weathering process without allowing the varnish to dry for at least 24 hours) I tinker with the wear and tear on the 1300L wing drop tanks. They first received a Gloss black base coat, followed by Panel Steel Medium color from De Lara (VSN pinturas - it´s a Spanish brand which produces metallic paints. They are difficult to obtain outside Spain, but Alclad or SNJ also produce good quality metallic paints); then a layer of AMMO Chipping Fluid and a light coat of A.MIG-203 Light Compass Ghost Gray scraped with an old toothbrush. Pigments and enamel washes are the only additional weathering steps.

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

Light Ghost Gray is used to paint the color of the belly, which receives, like the upper fuselage, a subtle pre-shading.

 

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

With the varnish dry and the decals well protected, I can now start applying AMMO Panel Line Washes (PLW) to make panel lines stand out using the pertinent tones.Using AMMO Panel line washes is extremely easy. The only trick is just not being afraid of the process. A modern jet requires a subtle paint work which won´t be ruined by the panel wash; quite the opposite:  it improves the finish.

 

First and foremost you should shake the bottle really well so pigment and thinner got correctly mixed.

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

Now, on the surfaces which I previously covered with a satin varnish coat –(also useful to protect the decals)- I can go ahead and apply the PLW over the panel lines we want to make stand out.

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

Being so easy to apply and control, it´s possible to use different tones over the various camouflage colors. For this Kfir I used three tones of PLW: Orange Brown (applied over the orange triangles), Tan Grey (on the black part of the triangles) and Deep Brown (for the overall three-tone camouflage).

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

Once the PLW has been applied I let it dry for at least 1 hour, I can start removing the excess with a cotton swab.

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

 

There is no need to rush your work when using PLW as the drying time is long. Sometimes I´ve let it dry overnight with no problem cleaning up the excess wash the next day.

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

 I´ve used the same variety of tones for the remaining weathering, insisting on some areas and altering the color of some panels to create a more realistic appearance.

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

Kfirs tended to get quite dirty due to the characteristics of their operational areas and the continuing nature of their missions. This effect of grime and dirt was exacerbated on the zones more prone to get affected by the vapor trail, like flaps and intake covers.

 painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO  

painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

And this is the end result. 

 

I´d like to thank all the staff at AMMO, especially Mig, Carlos y Pere, for their support, help and patience.

 

painting Kfir c1 with IAF Acrylic colors by AMMO

 

By J. Carlos Blanco

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Post By Alexandre   |   Thu, 25 Dec 2014
*Nice and esy explanation, right way for presentation for new products of AMMO brand.*
 

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