Tamiya 1/48 F-117
September 5, 2015 in Aviation
Presenting my F-117 that was finished a while back- finally getting around to posting pictures of it. Only aftermarket used was an Aires resin ejection seat.
While researching the boarding ladder I realized that essentially they are “Little Giant” brand (or very similar) ladders with a special plate welded to the top. The pictures I found of operational F-117 with ladders showed them as aluminium with orange joint sections.
For those who may not know, the model of GBU’s used on the F-117 are designed specifically for them to fit the bomb bay.
I sprayed the kit with Gloss black to minimize silvering as much as possible when decalling. I used a TwoBobs decal set for the F-117. When it came to the flat coat, Disaster! I knocked over my last bottle of Aeromaster acrylic flat- and after mourning its departure, I ended up mixing up a flat coat with products I had on hand- Aeromaster satin and Tamiya flat additive. I wish I had sprayed it instead of my usual brushing- I was used to the even level I always got with Aeromaster flat. I may still spray a coat to even out the finish. Lately I have been focused on completing kits, because sometimes you can spend a lot of time waiting to get it right and never have anything to show for your effort and interest!
I am now getting into a system where I have been able to keep a kit going and improving skills at the same time. Hopefully going forward, the quality of article I post will also improve. I will be getting a much larger backdrop paper for starters, and working on a better camera and using a tripod.
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