Fired with enthusiasm following the success of my Bf 110 build during the Christmas break, I dug out a part built Mystere with a view to completing it. This is the old Matchbox kit (in Revell packaging) and it's arrival in my possession is (appropriately) shrouded in mystery. The basic components (fuselage, wings, tail) had already been assembled - and not too well - so I swiftly completed the build and then set to with the painting.
The two sets of markings supplied with the kit (French and Indian) both required a plain metal finish, so it was out with the silver paint - and then the problems began. Silver is always a tricky colour on a large surface and the paint I used left horrible streaks. Disheartened by this and distracted by the usual plethora of other projects, the Mystere was then left to gather dust. Due to my meanness I couldn't abandon it altogether and so I had another go at the weekend. I tested the various silver paints I have and settled on a long forgotten pot from Games Workshop. After two coats this gave a tolerable finish and I was then able to press on with the (very limited) detail painting. I settled on the Indian markings as I have an interest in the wars fought between Indian and her neighbours since independence.
The end result isn't great, but as free models go it'll do. I wonder if I'll ever use it in a game...
Dramatic front-on view. The Mystere looks broadly similar to a number of it's contemporaries.
The green centres in the roundels were separate decals and were a bugger to place accurately - as can be plainly seen!
|Sadly there was no pilot figure with the kit - and nothing suitable in the spares box.|