1/52 Grumman J2F Duck
November 13, 2016 in Aviation
Not a water wing group build but my first attempt at building a bi-plane that just happened to be amphibian as well. First flown in 1933 this reliable old bird was sturdy and remained operational for over two decades. Argentina even used them during their 1955 revolution.
The kit is of an odd scale with not a lot of parts and a landing gear that’s inaccurate. The kit gear was designed to move up and down which is a kind of toy feature. Not much in the way of a cockpit either but since the canopy is as thick as a Coke bottle you can’t make out any cockpit detail. The decals went down well and any mistakes were of my doing.
I finished her in Model Master light sea grey from a rattle can, the yellow from I don’t remember and the cowl hand painted in insignia red. Tried my hand at rigging using wire made for bead jewelry. Not sure the scale is correct but it looks ok. Quick build, had some fun doing it and it represents an important but awkward looking A/C used by the Navy as well as the Marines during WWII. One thing is for sure that the pilots rescued by the Duck sure didn’t mind it’s looks
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