Step 1 (painting
After you have
glued the A-Deck's bulkheads on to the A-Deck model piece
mix up a custom paint color for the Palm Court floor.
We mixed a
70/30 combination of Testor's Model Master FS13538 yellow
with their Model Master Wood respectively. This was done
on a scrap of plastic by adding the yellow first, then
mixing in the wood to achieve that yellowish/brown tile
color you can see in the colored painting in Illustrated
History. You don't need to mix much, just enough to cover
the small floor areas on either side of the palm court.
When you achieve
the shade you want paint both sides of the Palm Court
your new yellow color Remember that paint dries darker
than its wet tone so mix it a bit lighter than the finished
shade you want. When it dries it should be the perfect
You can either
scribe the floor to create guidelines (as Dan did) or
do it freehand (as Steve & Mike did).
When the yellow
has dried use the Testor's Flat Military Brown. Start
in one corner and make a brown do with the tip of the
brush. Then shift the brush over by the same width of
the brown dot, leaving a yellow area of equal size. Then
add another dot continuing down the room. Then start alternating
the dots. What you are after is a checkerboard effect
with alternating yellow and brown tiles. When you have
completed one side move on to the other.