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Friday, October 24, 2014

Great Wall Hobby 1/48 P-61A Black Widow

Highly detailed kit. Very fun to build. I wish more kits came with this much detail.

For this build I built Great Wall Hobby's Northrop p-61A "Black Widow." The kit came with several detail additions. My original plan was to purchase the Revel kit with several photo etch and resin details. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the stock Great Wall Hobby without the need for any add-ons. The build went smoothly but the kit is definitely for expert modelers only.

The funnest part of the whole build was the weathering. I chose to do a modified hair spray technique. I painted the model Alclad first. After that I protected it with Future Floor Polish. I then sprayed most of the plane with hair spray. After that set I painted the plane with acrylic flat black paint. Once the paint dried I sprayed the plane with water. I then let the water soak in. Next was the scraping. I used a toothpick to chip paint in exposed areas from front to back. This worked alright but I wanted to create a worn out look. I thinned some Testor's acrylic paint cleaner and grabbed a stiff brush. I worked that solution into the high traffic areas. It would then gradually remove some of the paint showing the Alclad below. This created a rubbed off effect. After that I created a grey wash for the panel lines.  Last was to spray on the exhaust streaks.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tamiya 1/32 F-16CJ Hill AFB

This project has been a long time coming. I started the project last September for my birthday and was to be one of my dream projects. It is modeled after a late model F-16 at my local Hill Air Force Base. I was able to get a close look at one of the jets during my visit at the last Air Show here.

The kit starts out with Tamiya's 1/32 F-16CJ Block 50. It is accompanied by an Aires wheel well and cockpit detail set. The wheel well has excellent detail. It did require a lot of work to get it to fit right. The cockpit was great in detail but didn't seem to add much more than what was provided by the kit. Getting the cockpit to fit was also challenging as shown in the next photo with the trimming and filling all the gaps.

The decals are a set from Afterburner. I chose to change up the electronics by adding the new Sniper Pod in place of the HARM system.

The cockpit was painted black as is done on much of the new aircraft to make night vision flight easier. For the HUD I chose to use the more common WAC HUD as many planes are switching back from the newer WAR HUD.

Here are a few photos of the aircraft I was able to take at the airshow.

Now for the final results!


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