1:72 Percival CSR-131 'Provost'; aircraft '901' of No. 440 Communications and Rescue Squadron, Canadian Air Force; CFB Winnipeg, Canada; summer 1974 (Whif/Matchbox kit conversion)
Painting and markings:
Real-life CAF SAR aircraft were the benchmark, namely the aforementioned No. 440 Squadron’s DHC Twin Otters – an all-yellow livery with red wing tips, a fuselage band and Canadian red-and-white cheat lines. Very bright, and IMHO pretty and elegant, too.
But what outwardly looks rather simple is tricky – yellow is IMHO one of the most challenging colors to apply on a model. Therefore I did not dare any brush experiment but rather settled for a rattle spray can application. In this case I used Humbrol’s Gloss Yellow (#69) over a thin coat of grey primer, onto which later some more paint was added by brush in order to emphasize panels.
The floats were painted with Aluminum from (Revell acrylics) and trimmed with Aluminum enamel and Polished Aluminum Metallizer from Modelmaster.
The red wing tips were added by brush (Basis is Revell 330, onto which I later added some fluorescent red), the fuselage band was cut manually from red decal sheet and lightly painted over.
The roundels come from an aftermarket sheet from TL Modellbau, tactical markings and the cheatline come from an Italeri CH-149 Cormorant SAR helicopter – the latter had to be puzzled together from many small bits and pieces in order to make it fit onto the short Provost fuselage!
Weathering was only lightly done, with some exhaust stains and light dry-painting with silver on leading edges. Finally, all was sealed under a semi-matt acrylic varnish (Tamiya), since the aircraft was to show a light shine – except for the black anti-glare panel in front of the cockpit, which remained matt.