Vintage Lindberg Model: 1/72 Curtiss BFC-2
This is a real vintage kit I built some time ago. I always love these pre-war Naval aircraft and try to build all the examples produced in a main-stream kit regardless of how old, and vintage it is. I had this one sitting in my stash for a long time but one day decided to build her. It was a straight forward, fairly easy build with very minimal parts counts and details.
I needed to add a few scratch-built details to busy it up a bit such as some wires on the engine, some detail bits to the cockpit, and of coarse some rigging. I also opened up some vents, and carved some more details. The most fun I had with this build was the colorful paint job which was straight-forward with no fancy weathering or extensive pre-shading.
In finishing this short article I would like to share a happy ending regarding this simple, no-frills, model. As many of you know I sell most of my models on an auction site. This one was no exception and I wondered if anyone would even want it. After a few days of being posted someone made a full-price offer. When closing the deal I had to know why the customer wanted this model. Always curious to the fate of my sold models. It was a women who was responsible for building a museum display at the Jacksonville Florida International Airport. She shared with me that it was being used as a display piece to help illustrate the aviation heritage and history of the Jacksonville Florida area and it was the last piece she needed to complete the display. I thought “wow” I always wanted to show one of my models in a museum setting but who ever thought it would be this simple project that made it to the “big-time”…LOL! Anyhow if anyone is flying into, and/or, out of the airport please look for my little Curtis.
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