Downed Pilot Marker
Prior to assembly, black prime the bases and the pilot and parachute. The included stick fits under the canopy for ease of painting the chute. For the sea base, start with a Navy blue and drybrush lighter shades. We used the Liquitex version. For the land base, start with dark brown and dry brush various tans to your liking. Then flock or paint grass as desired. Seal with a product like Krylon Crystal Clear. Assemble by super gluing a rod into each base. Leave the parachute unglued so as to be able to switch back and forth for different settings. After much trial and error of various techniques to paint in the separate panels of the chute, we decided that dry brushing with gray and then white produced the best results. The risers are either OD green or white and the pilot should have an OD or tan flight suit, black boots, and either a white or camo helmet. I would just use a different shade of green for that. Unless you wanted a little contrast, don't paint any skin on the hands as he would have on his green Nomex gloves. WW2 pilots would be less generic. Guides on those will be forthcoming by nationality.
- Glue a ¼" ring magnet into the center hole of each hex base. Optional: Try to keep polarity identical between all of your flight bases. Not necessary but it makes things easier.
- Insert a 3/8" magnet in the ring magnet to be flight level 1. Place speed indicator arrow around this first magnet.
- Use the other 3/8" magnet for to increase x1 flight level.
- Use the ¾" magnets for x2 flight levels.
- Use the 2" magnet for x6 flight levels (or CAB in Check Your Six! Rules)
- Optional: Use clipboards w/ metal clips for game charts to hold the extra magnets when not in use.
See this PDF of how the altitude bands work. Created by Fight's On! customer Dave Latz
Prior to assembly, black prime the sea base. Once dry, heavy dry brush of Navy blue. Lightly dry brush lighter layers of blue (cut the Navy with a little white) until you reach a desired color. Seal with Krylon Crystal Clear or something similar. Using the pointed ends of the rods, super glue the markers onto the rods. Glue the flat ends of the rods into the bases.
Follow the painting instruction above for both the sea and land bases. Seal. Glue a rod into each base saving the flattest end for the magnet. Once the rod glue is dry, super glue or epoxy a magnet onto each rod end. Polarity of the magnet should not be an issue unless you plan to use the bases for a dual role. Something to keep in mind!
Liberally dry brush these with a bright yellow and then lighten that with white /yellow ~50:50 highlight dry brush.
Same painting instructions as above with a few tweaks. For the SAM, and AAA sites, paint the control building or radar site in OD or tan. The missiles generally should be light to dark gray. A red tip might be appropriate but not always. Some SA-2 batteries' missiles had an alternating dark and light gray banded scheme.
You should wash the pieces in soapy water prior to painting, you really should. I didn't, and they still came out fine. Try different seasons. With a winter scheme, dry brush gray and then white and then paint in some tan or straw colored plant growth. Have fun! Any questions, just contact us for help and ideas.