I am finishing my 1/12th scale P-51D (37-inch wingspan, about 20-oz flying weight) and need some advise on realistic covering and panel lines. I want my airplane to look more detailed and realistic than some ARFs.
I've considered the following options so far:
- LiteFab or ColorFab, and paint for the whole color scheme (too heavy?); panel lines will be either drawn or made with thin tape, removed after paint.
- Silver Ultracote and paint for color scheme (paint will eventually come off and show silver covering below, maybe I can scuff the covering before painting to prevent that). Its texture is somewhat unrealistic, though, and transitions from unpainted to painted covering will look weird.
- Silver Ultracote and additional Ultracote for color scheme (bubbles?). Again, finish is too flat and panel lines will be drawn using a pen. Will steel-wool scuffing improve its texture?