Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Two small aircraft

 I have found it hard to concentrate due to my medication so I have just managed a couple of simple Revell 1/72nd scale fighters. They have been good fun to make in spite of some stupid errors.

First off is a little North American P-51D Mustang. This is an old kit and needed a lot of trimming to get rid of the flash that results from an old mould. I am not sure that the nose is shaped correctly. It looks a bit thin to me.

The second is another Revell 1-72nd scale model of a Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair, VF-17 Squadron USN, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Feb.1944. This was a lovely little kit and went together brilliantly. It was the first time that I have used EZ-Line to make the radio aerial. It worked fine.

There are two silly stories about this. One is that I lost the canopy so had to buy a second kit to get one so that I could finish the model. The second  story is about the decals. The first lot were very fragile. In fact the stars and bars on the port wing broke up and it was tricky to get it back into one. Then I lost one of the number 3 that goes onto one of the undercarriage doors. I was thinking how bad this would look when I remembered that I had two kits so there was a 2nd set of decals available. The paint that I used were 22 years old at least. I bought them around the turn of the century for an Accurate Miniatures Grumman Avenger that, actually, I never finished. They have been in my paint box ever since. They were still very usable. Also, I used Blue Tac when spraying the different colours of the camouflage but I found that, although it worked well, it make any touching up look wrong. 

In the end I was very pleased with the finished model.

I am now stuck into building another model railroad so to see what is happening there, go to Gentle Model Railroads