by Caz Dalton
Model Subject: Convair XFY-1 "Pogo"
Kit Used: Kovozŗvody Prostjov (KP), kit number 33
This model was constructed under the KISS principle (keep it simple stupid). With that in mind I decided to use Polly-Scale Metalline paints for the metal finish. The vertical tailplane tips were first painted Polly-Scale Night Black along with the propeller blades, spinner, and masked canopy pieces.
The black was then masked on the vertical tips and anti-glare panel and the entire model was airbrushed with Polly-Scale Bright Silver. Once dried, a few panels on the vertical tails and fuselage undersurface were masked and sprayed Polly-S Bright Aluminum. The difference is very subtle and can be seen in bright light better than a lighted room. I removed all masking except for the anti-glare panel and shot the model with a coat of Min-Wax Polycrylic Clear Gloss to protect the fragile metal paint and prepare a surface for the decals. The prop blades and spinner were also painted clear gloss at this time.
The propeller tips were first done with yellow trim film decal cut to four-inch scale (.055 in). Since this was a little too translucent for my liking, I carefully hand painted the yellow decal tips with Tamiya Flat Yellow once the decals had thoroughly dried. The kit decals were used with exception of the National Insignias, which were taken from a SuperScale sheet for modern US National Insignia. Various vents were done with black decal trim film, with the NACA duct being done with black and silver trim film.
Once all the decals had dried I gently washed the model and gave it a thin wash coat of Polycrylic after masking the interior and anti-glare panel. The propeller assemblies were also given a wash of Polycrylic. All recessed wing and vertical tail controls were given a wash of India ink after the final gloss had dried. The flat interior panels in the intakes were carefully hand painted with Polly Scale Night Black, as were the exhausts, which also received a dusting of light gray powdered pastel. The lower fuselage intake was painted black prior to its attachment to the prepainted black outline on the lower fuselage assembly.
Navigation lights were given a drop of kristal kleer and then painted clear red and clear blue as required once the kristal kleer had completely set up.
After I built this model, I was able to find a copy of Steve Ginterís monograph on the "Pogo". Since this book had pictures containing a boarding ladder, I scratch-built one from styrene rod after first drawing front and side profiles on index card stock. The two figures were from Hasegawa and were installed to give some sense of scale to the model.
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