Hobby Boss, 1:48 Scale, IAR-80, Romanian Air Force
Over the last couple weeks, I have been pretty busy building…actually got a few finished in time for the IPMS/USA Region One Show and Contest.
I found that, overall, this was a decent little model kit. It went together well. Fit and detail being especially nice. I found the instruction sheet to be the kit’s major weakness. Color call outs were almost non existent, and what they did have was definitely open to discussion. I found the panel lines to be shallow too. They would absolutely be difficult to use any washes. Personally, I pulled out the re scribe tool and made some of them a tad deeper
I used the kits decals which seemed to go on fine, although a little translucent. I have not a sheet of aftermarkets decals for this bird…(yet) anyway, so as of now, you have the two options provided in the kit.
I painted the model using Model Master Enamels. RAF Dark Earth over a US Dark Green, (34079?) for the topside surfaces, and a German Lt Blue, RLM 65 on the lower. Cockpit was painted in RLM76. Yes. Another German color, and I went with that because I was tipped off to take a look Chukw’s build of an IAR-80. Being the nut for detail that he is, I figured if anyone would know, it would be Chukw. If he painted his “Pit” Lt Blue, than I was following along!
Anyway, I found it a nice little model that build well, and looks the part too!
Best regards to All
Freddie from LI
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