But seriously folks, I'm making great progress with the Reduced Aircraft Factory model of the Caquot Type M kit balloon available on Shapeways.
You can read the earlier installment here;
The painting has gone very well, in fact much better than I anticipated. I stumbled over a link to a postcard of a similar balloon done up in a charming checkerboard pattern. With that as a base, it was just a matter of selecting colors and a brush and getting started.
|Here's the balloon after the basket installed. (Don't mind the hand of God in the lower left). Okay the paint job looks crummy in this picture. I think the camera is too close.|
|This looks a little better. It might be the angle. (It might be my painting skills!)|
|Thought I'd hold it over a game mat to get a feel for it.|
|Success! The magnet on the post mates with a magnet glued to a 'bomber' peg and allows the balloon to be placed on a stand.|
|Here's a view of the inverted balloon showing off the basket assembly. The great thing about this is that the basket and all the lines are a single part, making installation very easy.|
|The colors used on this model include Folk Art Lemonade (the light yellow) and Americana Yellow Ochre. The basket was flat brown and the shrouds a base coat of yellow oche with a stain of flat brown and dry brushed light gray for weathering.|
|Here's a shot of the primer, paints, and screws used in the construction process.|
|Now we're cooking with gas! An Italian SVA 5 flies past this balloon somewhere on the Piave front. The checkboard effect looks much better from a few feet away.|