Now that I've got your attention...
I want to build an F4F Wildcat coming off the assembly line just before it was to be painted. Bare metal. Maybe just getting a coat of primer on some areas.
#1. Were the aircraft complete builds at this point or missing canopies, guns, etc? #2. Dioramawise, would they be sprayed inside the factory in a booth or outside in the open air? #3. Would the surfaces to be painted zinc oxide already be painted before the exterior paint scheme was applied? #4. If I go with a two-tone Navy scheme and wanted to focus my diorama after one coat had been applied, which coat went on first? Light to dark? #5. What color primer would be correct? #6. Would any panels be removed and the exposed area masked off?
Not looking for answers only from retired Grumman workers here ;-), anyone that wants to hazard a guess, suggest an idea or just throw something out there will be welcomed too. See where I'm going with this? Anything on how to setup a WWII paintjob dio would be more than I have now... which is nada.
This and the F4U-5 Corsair are my next two builds to keep me busy this winter.
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