From the very first time I saw pictures of the Konstruktor, my thoughts were that I wanted mine to look a little different, and beyond playing with the selection of decals that came with the kit, my only real option was to dig out the aerosol paints. This is a guide on how I went about giving my Konstruktor a bit more of a classic look, in my eyes anyway.
Although I had a few weeks to decide on colour options from the time of ordering to delivery, when my Konstruktor ‘dropped through the letterbox’ impatience got the better of me, and I set about building it, and put a film through it! So, this Tipster is almost how not to do it!
The original colourway:
Having stripped the camera back to it’s component parts, the first job was to remove the red vinyl panel as a bit of test to see whether it was re-usable (therefore meaning I could also remove the black panels to make painting easier) – it wasn’t to be, so next job was to mask off the remaining black vinyl panels using simple masking tape available from any half decent DIY store. Having applied the masking tape, I used a crafting knife to trim the tape to suit.
For the paint, I used Humbrol Acrylic Spray paint (for Craftwork and Model), and I chose Metallic Silver (from a vast array of ‘silver’ options) to hopefully give the classic finish I was after. Paint for modelling is preferable to car type paints as I believe the finish is finer and, just looks better! The individual parts were laid out on newspaper (you might want to use something like Blu Tack to hold the smaller parts in place), and 3 or 4 coats applied. A couple of hours later, and once re-assembled, I have to say I’m quite pleased with the result
The finished version:
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