After spraying and masking the undersides and fuselage, I sprayed the first top colour (RLM75) today. Because the top colours are darker the panel lines were sprayed with XF-63 German Grey, after which the base colour was over-sprayed to give a pre-shade. The base colour was lightened with Tamiya X-2 and sprayed in between panel lines to enhance the pre-shade.
I know some people hate pre- and post shading on models but I like it.
The model will be masked off tomorrow and the second top colour (RLM74) applied, again using the pre-shading technique as described above. When all that is done and providing the tape hasn’t screwed up the paint, I will give the model a coat of gloss varnish to prepare it for the decalling and weathering washes.
By the way I’m using Tamiya acrylics for the model that I mixed according to some ‘recipe’ I found online and will detail that more in part 3 of the build review for The Modelling News.