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Alonzo Fonzo

Lockheed P-38 1/48 PTO

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Hi!

This is my first Group Build ever (and my first post in this Forum too!).

I started my Hasegawa 1/48 Lockheed P-38 Lightning today. I am not sure yet, but I think I will build The P-38L Billy´s Filly from 12th FS.

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I started painting the Cocpit area in Interior Green (Gunze Color):

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Edited by Alonzo Fonzo

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Yesterday i applied a washing of Vallejo black, burnt umbra pigment some drops of soap (to destroy the surface tension) and a lot of water mixture:

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After drybrushing with Tamiya and Vallejo colors i finished the cockpit.

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I really like those tiny eduard Photoetched parts :thumbsup:

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Looks great! What did you use for the interior color?

Thanks! I used Gunze (Acrylics) H58 Interior Green as base color, applied a washing as above stated and for drybrushing i used Vallejo Color Japan Uniform and Tamyia flat aluminium.

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I finished the assembly of the main parts, a lot of filling and sanding will be required :whistle:

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I also made an decal test of the nose art decal on my old Brewster Buffalo test platform:

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Shaping up nicely, Sir!

Is the nose art decal home-made?

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Shaping up nicely, Sir!

Is the nose art decal home-made?

Yes, the Decal is home made.

It was printed on clear inkjet decal paper and sealed with microscale liquid decal film.

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Yes, the Decal is home made.

It was printed on clear inkjet decal paper and sealed with microscale liquid decal film.

That is very well done, Sir.

I am doing some simple markings myself for several projects, but nothing that intricate. Do have any tips for a beginner?

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That is very well done, Sir.

I am doing some simple markings myself for several projects, but nothing that intricate. Do have any tips for a beginner?

I am also a beginner in terms of using self made decals! :rolleyes:

I use for decal making my old inkjet printer (at least 10 years old!) and clear or white decal paper. I usually make a test print on plain paper (I use a text writer program for positioning and resizing of the images) and as the next step I attach a small piece of decal paper over the test print and put the paper back again into the printer.

I always print with the highest quality setting. With inkjet printers it is important to seal the water-soluble ink. I tried Future, Clear acrylic paint and microscale decal film. The first two doesn´t really work for me.

A little tip I found very useful for releasing the decal from the carrier film:

Don´t soak it in water, put a drop of water on your desk and lay the decal on top.

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Thanks for the tips, Sir.

Do you spray the Microscale stuff? I have found any sort of brushing removes the ink. I have a spray sealant from Testors, part of their starter kit.

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No I don´t spray it. It is quite a thick fluid.

I brush it in one stroke with a big soft brush (only a very thin layer).

It seems that the liquid decal film doesn´t affect my ink (Canon original ink).

With brushing an acrylic clear coat i had indeed problems.

I don´t have experience with the Testors sealant, Testors stuff is nearly impossible to get here in austria :woo:

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A small update:

After a lot of filling and sanding i sprayed a gloss dark grey basecoat on the model:

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Now its time to cover the P-38 in Alclad colors:

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Here are two pictures of the completed multi-shade aluminium finish:

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I used various Alclad II Colors, next step will be the difficult part: airbrushing the checkerboard pattern on the radiator intakes!

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Brilliant! I always wondered how you paint checkerboards.

And thanks for the homemade decal tips.

Looking great. I just finished a similar P-38 for the Dropping Iron GB.

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Today I painted a lot of little blue squares :)

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The blue is a little bit darker than it appears on these photos.

Oh, man, am I ever going to remember that approach! Thank you so much for sharing it. I built the old Matchbox 1/32 Sea Venom last year, and masked and painted the red-and-white squares by hand. I wracked my brain like crazy trying to come up with a more efficient and effective approach, but never thought of this. Bravo sir!

Kev

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Oh, man, am I ever going to remember that approach! Thank you so much for sharing it. I built the old Matchbox 1/32 Sea Venom last year, and masked and painted the red-and-white squares by hand. I wracked my brain like crazy trying to come up with a more efficient and effective approach, but never thought of this. Bravo sir!

Kev

Thanks!

To get good results its important to use strips equal in width (I found a 2,5mm wide Tamyia-like tape at my hobby store). Cover the whole surface you want to paint with strips next to each other and then remove every 2nd to get equal distances between the squares. The rest is shown in my photos...

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Brilliant! I always wondered how you paint checkerboards.

And thanks for the homemade decal tips.

Looking great. I just finished a similar P-38 for the Dropping Iron GB.

Your P-38 looks great (both of them)!

Thanks for the link!

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Wow, that's turning out really good, love the paintjob! That selfmade decal came out really well!

How did you do the chipping, did you use salt, or did you paint it on afterward?

Daniël

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Wow, that's turning out really good, love the paintjob! That selfmade decal came out really well!

How did you do the chipping, did you use salt, or did you paint it on afterward?

Daniël

Thanks!

I used a silver ink pencil for the chipping.

Not much update this week. I reworked the exhaust stains (added some brown-black on the edges) and started with the display base and pilot figure.

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Here are two pictures of the pilot.

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The head and legs are from the Tamiya navy pilots set and the arms and torso are sculpted with Magic Sculp.

I still have problems with the display base, it doesn´t look right :)

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Here are some pictures of my finished P-38:

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More pictures in "The Flightline!!" thread.

It was a great, enjoyable build!

Thanks to all for looking and the nice comments!

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