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Joe Caputo
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1/48 Lindberg JN-4D Jenny

August 14, 2013 · in Aviation · · 10 · 1.9K

Time for another walk down memory lane, the . My inspiration for this scheme was the Jenny at the Old Reinbeck Airdrome, in upstate New York. I could find no proof of the US Navy ever usung this scheme, and the tail markings are French, opposite of US, but that's the way my reference was done. I just couldn't fit all the markings on the tail, so left them off, rather than foul them up. For such an old kit, it was a lot of fun. The engine had a little detail, and some was added to the interior, but the rigging was the most time consuming, Everytime I looked at my reference, I found another piece I'd missed. It finally came together, at least to my satisfaction. It's no contest winner, but it's a bright spot on my shelf. When was the last time you built a model that came with a stand ?

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  1. Never was very high on Lindberg's stuff, but that looks like a pretty nice build. I have enough trouble with one wing, never mind two - there's those struts to get straight and all that rigging - UGH!
    Your Jenny looks like it had loving, caring hands during assembly, however - nice job, Joe.

  2. Joe,
    This looks very good regardless if the markings are right or wrong. I have had this kit started for years but never gotten very far with it. The rigging would give a person fits. Quite frankly I think this is one of the better kits from Lindbergh.
    Great job, I like it.

  3. Always felt like this was one of Lindberg's better efforts. A nice build on your part.

  4. great to see this built...fine job on the rigging...very nice

  5. Hi Joe the markings are correct.

  6. Mike West of Lone Star Models does a resin cockpit for this ancient kit, which really improves things.

    In fact, the US Navy did use JN-4s postwar in this scheme.

    Nice work on that old kit, it looks good.

  7. Joe, Nicely done all around- I don't know you, but you've got to have the patience of a Saint to build this model without throwing it against the wall or banishing it to the modeling dungeon!

  8. Artist rendition of the same Jenny, along with Wilhelm Scheutzel's Fokker D.VII, “The Seven Swabians” and Georges Guynemer's Spad VII, "Le Vieux Charles" - all flying in the same sky.

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  9. Looks good, I have the same model, done several years ago. The decals are yellowing on mine 🙁

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