P-61 completed…….after 20+ years!!
February 28, 2014 in Aviation
While helping take care of my Dad these last six months I’ve spent a lot of time at my parents house. I managed to find my Black Widow that I started somewhere between middle school and high school in the late 80’s early 90’s. I painted it with fla white, masked the stripes and painted the flat black out of a fizz can. Add a liberal coat of glosscoat and orange peel abounds! So I shelved it for 20 some odd years. Rediscovered it a couple of months ago, cleaned it up found the box with most of the remaining parts (still missing the gun bay cover.) The main gear wheels came from my first P-61 from my elementary school days, still in my parts box!!
I put the flaps up and decaled it right over the orange peeled paint and dull coated it to mask the bad paint. (Should’ve at least went with a semi-gloss!) I finished it just to have something to do, had I known it would turn out half as good as it did, I would’ve cleaned up a few more seams and touched up the paint! (The seam around the nose is where I cut the A nose off and put the B nose on. I’ll probably clean that up and give it a coat of semi-gloss and some exhaust staining!) The drop tanks were finished during completion and I just brush painted ’em with MM acryl. I was my first time using it and you cant tell I didn’t spray them, it levels out really nice!
I did buy a new P-61 with the intention of doing an F-15 Reporter, but since the LSM conversion isn’t currently available, I just started another P-61! This time it’ll be OD and grey. (I’m tempted to do a bare aluminum one to reflect MAAM’s black widow project). I’ll post a few pics together when I get the new one done to provide a then and now comparison of how building and finishing techniques grow and get better over time!
P.S. I was totally thrilled at GWH’s new Black Widow release. For almost $100 it better be darn near perfect, but it’s not. Normally I don’t gripe about shape and scale differences, but in this case I think since Monogram’s $25 kit builds into such a fine model , I’ll take one, and build an A-26, B-26 and B-25 to boot for my $100!
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