New Revell 1/48 Stearman completed
April 8, 2014 in Aviation
Hello all: First of all, many thanks to Jim Sullivan for enhancing the photos you see here.
I just completed this build. What a beautiful model. I wrapped it up in less than 2 weeks. I added lap belts from Eduard. The model is rigged using Detail Master scale 1/2″ brass wire which looked good to my eye. It was first painted with flat yellow form the Testor’s small bottle, then given an overcoat of Future prior to decals, and a final coat using my last bottle of Polly Scale satin finish. I used kit decals for the Navy version, including the instrument panel and prop markings. The prop need a bit of touch up painting but sure came out well.
The interior was painted with a linen pale white then I highlighted the longerons with a colored pencil in the proper interior green shade. The framework is interior green. I removed the molded on kit harnesses from the seats prior to installing the Eduard color etch parts. I also wired the engine and represented the spark plug boots with painted sprue.
I used the Internet and the Martin Bowman Stearman book for reference.
My goal was to portray this model as one that had just come out of the refurb shop. I even allowed for a bit of overspray behind the seats.
Cautions: The plastic is soft and the tail wheel will break off before you complete the build.
I have another one in the stash and will build another Navy version, this time in the doped silver scheme. But first, a 1/48 Hobbyboss F8F-1 Bearcat is calling my name.
Comments much appreciated. Clark
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