1/48 Minicraft P-38L Putt Putt Maru
I had the Minicraft 1/48 P-38J kit- but it sat for a while because I was not sure how I would deal with all the stripes on the tail and spinners.
The decals from the kit sheet and the Hasegawa kit sheet for the coloured stripes were not suitable, so i realized I needed to hand paint them. All but the boom stripes are hand painted. The decals are Minicraft (one issue has a different blue from another, I used the lighter of the two), and Hasegawa for the nose kill markings and antiglare black areas. I painted the yellow pinstripes as the edges of the kit decal shattered- I touched up any cracks in the black by hand as well. The blue I used to match the decals was a ford or chevy engine blue- Testors enamel.
With some research I found that Putt Putt Maru was really a P-38L, and that the Minicraft kit is actually a P-38L out of the box. I just added True Details replacement wheels, with the enormous bulges pared down a bit.
I did my best to get a good finish with a gloss white base coat, then Testors Metalizer, overcoated with Future clear finish. I airbrushed the exhaust stains.
Thanks for looking.
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