1/48 Great Wall Hobby – Northrop P-61A Black Widow
Here is my 1/48 scale Great Wall Hobby P-61A Black Widow. The kit is finished with the markings of “Lady Gen” 42-5544 flown by Capt. Eugene Lee from 422nd Night Fighter Squadron in 1945. The 422nd Squadron was the first to operate the P-61 in the European Theater of Operations.
The kit that I used is the first issue of the Great Wall including some errors like cowlings, front section of engines, propellers and length of nose gear leg etc.
Construction started from cockpit as usual. Cockpit components painted to interior green . Instrument panel modified by Airscale WW2 USAAF Instrument dial decals.
To fix inaccuracies of the kit I used Quickboost cowlings with True Details set which includes front section for the R-2800s with the magnetos, separate spinners and propeller blades.
Painting was done with Gunze Sangyo acrylics. Upper surfaces painted to Olive Drab, and lower surfaces to Neutral grey. Decals are from Eagle Cals EC#148 P-61A Black Widow set.
I replaced the wheels by Eduard brassin #648057. Additionaly nose gear leg –which is too short in these issue- replaced by the correct one from another later issue GW P-61kit. ( Now I have to get another correct one to built the second kit, in the future . Maybe Scale Aircraft Conversions metal landing gear will be helpful )
You can see the building process from the following link:
PS: Reference picture from Squadron signal publications / “Combat Chronicles of the Black Widow”- Warren E.Thompson