1/48 P-38 Lightning

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  1. Maglar

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    Will be starting this wonderful Revell kit. Seems the plastic is molded in a nice shiny silver which should save me some paint on the main body :D. Heres some starter pics, will try to get going on it soon.
     

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    Looking good.But it seems you can have a lot of work on this model.
     
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    Like extra detail and such?
     
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    Generally.The kit moulds seem to be a little gone.
     
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    Eh, you have better eyes then me for this kind of stuff :D. We'll see how it folds out, if its that bad I got two more in the depot.. but they're revell too! oh no! Will start with the figures lol
     
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    I think it can't be bad.But some sanding can be needed.
     

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    Ah yes, I will look at that stuff as I glue along. As for that pilots head, I think thats his headphone band
     
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    Possible.I cannot see the detail correctly.
     
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    Shouldn't be too bad in 1/48th scale. It might be the old Monogram kit, which is still good, although the pilot figures look different.
    The main thing to pay attention to is the alignment of the tail booms, and the joint of these at the rear of the engine cowlings/wings.
    Don't forget some weight in the nose!
    If you are going to have it in bare metal, I'm afraid you'll still need to paint it, as that 'silvery' plastic will go grey after a time exposed to daylight, and anyhow, will not accept the decals very well.
    If you're a bit put off by 'silver' finishes, have a look at my thread 'Bare Metal Made Easy' - it works!
    Terry.
     
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    Looking forward to see the progress mate!
     
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    Righto airframes.. guess its time to whip out my 3/4" brush for this one! haha [My aztek airbrush shoots glops and I do clean the tip.. might need a new nozzle or something man]
     
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    Cool stuff! looks like an interesting scheme
     
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    Hey Airframes, that is a super article on NMF finishes. One of these day I will have to get some SNJ. I have a 1/72 F-80 and F-86D that would be a good place to start with!

    Bill G.
     
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    Ok, primed my pilot duo after sanding their imperfections. [I think one of them gets hidden in the plane but I will still paint him for practice]. Just a pic to keep the thread satisfied. Will post them painted probably tomorrow then get on to the real work.
     

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    If I remember the kit correctly, the second pilot is the radar operator for the P-38M Night Lightning. You won't be using him in any other version. So check the instructions for who is whom! Would you want the radar guy "Flying" the plane???? Just kidding!

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    You're right bill.. Only one gets used, I dont think I would mind if he was driving this plane here. Always good to have a "practice" figure :D
     
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    I don't think it would matter which figure was 'flying' the aircraft, neither of them have their hands on the controls, He He!!
    Thanks for the compliment Bill - the method described works extremely well.
    Terry.
     
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    Some work with the pilot. Need to dullcote and make the white less prominent. But in these I tried some skin tones ( face , hands ) and a 5 o'clock shadow with my MIG 'mud'. Some spots are blurry, I dont own a nikon! :|
     

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    Good luck with your build Maglar..the J is a blast from the past been around a while....:D
     
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    Looking very nice Maglar.Good job.:D
     
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