Academy 1/72 P-40B/C as flown by Lt George Welsh at peral harbor, december 7th 1941.

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  1. Nxthanos

    Nxthanos Member

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    I was going to save this for the aces build, but I'm itching to make something so here it is!

    Let's take a look at the insides and see what we have:

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    Sprue shots:

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    The decals are after market i bought off a guy in england:
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    First order of business is to paint the visable interior areas green, as was standard on US aircraft in WWII.

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    next, the instrament panel is painted green with black gauges
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    Finally Lt Welsh is painted
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    More next time...
     
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    Today's update;

    The cockpit is assembled and the pilot added
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    The prop is prepainted and assembled
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    Next the holes for the drop tank are filled, won't be using that for this project.
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    While that dries the furselage is joined and checked for gaps, none noticed
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    The wings are assembled and attached to the fuselage, a jig of tape is used to get the correct angle on them.
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    More next time.
     
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    Looks good Chris. I really liked putting this kit together, it's a fun build, even though it's not very accurate. I did it OOB as Tex Hill's aircraft.

    Cheers

    Andrew
     
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    I can't wait for the new Airfix kit of this, its a neglected subject in this scale.
     
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    Good progress, looking forward to the next stage.
     
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    Not too bad at all.
     
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    Looking good Chris
     
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    Me too, and their new Zero... :)
     
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    Looking nice (and the greek salad looks good too :lol:)
     
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    Thanks guys, and no, no matter how much you kid me i will not stop using menus as placemats!

    Today's update;

    The front air scoop hole is cut out, and the plane is preped for painting.
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    The lower half is painted standard navy gray which is a good color for US army aircraft.
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    The upper half is done in tamiya US army olive drab, and when dry the plan is sprayed with gloss cote for decaling and set aside to dry.
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    Nice looking bird.
     
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    Looking good! I admire you for your work on this model. I had the same kit and gave up on it and ordered the Trumpeter kit. You're doing a good job with a not so great kit.
     
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    Quick work, looking good.
     
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    Looking great so far! You should, however, stop using menus as your photo backdrop. It's making me hungry for chinese food. But then again, since you are doing a AVG plane, what the hell, go for it.
     
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    Never going to stop using menus, I need the white so i don't lose small pieces which I used to on the normal counter top.
     
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    Today's update;

    Now that she is all glossed up and dried, the decals are applied.
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    These are then sprayed again with more gloss cote and allowed to dry over night.

    next vallejo matt finish is brushed on teh plane, and the first black wash is made to start bringing out details as well as making exhaust and gun trails.
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    While that was drying teh canopy was painted first with green enamal (since i know from experience that acrylics don't apply well to clear) and the canopy and side panels are attached using elmer's white glue.
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    Over the next few hours I added concentric washes to give a layered look to the black highlighting, one about every 20 minutes or so, allowing the arcyllic black to dry and then doing it again, wiping away excess that didn't look right.

    The project at this point is complete, only the finished photos are needed.
     
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    Looking good Chris. There is something about the plane Jane olive green aircraft I like. I especially like the US ARMYunder the wings. I need to get one of these someday soon.
     
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    Nice work ! BTW, I'll have the Cajun Ravioli .........
     
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