1/72 Supermodel Bv138C-1
This kit was finally finished about a month ago. It was started about 20 years ago. I had scribed panel lines in using the rather prominent raised panel lines of the kit as a guide. the kit then sat for about 20 years until the end of this school year when I determined I would finally complete some of my 1/72 kits that had sat for far too long!
The Bv138 Sea Dragon, also known as the Flying Clog by its crews, caught my attention as i looked through a book of Axis plane of WW2 as a 13-14 year old in the 80's. I loved the 4 blade prop flanked by three blade props, and the general shape of the aircraft looked like it was moving fast while standing still (to me anyway) and I love seaplanes in the first place. Once I learned that Supermodel made a kit of it, I was hooked and had to get one. As I recall, I bought it from a second hand kit dealer -where most of my stash came from - back in the day when postage was reasonable!
I learned by accident (looking very closely at photographs) that the outboard engine nacelles on the real plane had exhaust pipes that were missing on the Supermodel kit. Aside from scribing the panel lines, adding the exhausts was my only modification to the kit plastic.
About 10 years ago, when I hoped to start to get this kit finished, I found out that RevellAG re-released the kit with a new set of marking options that I liked far better than the Supermodel ones. I posted for help on another model site, and a European modeller came to the rescue! I don't know what I would do without the internet and other modellers helping me out in Bermuda! I am not sure why I didn't get going again after getting the new decals, but the kit sat again until this year.
In a fit of nostalgia, I brush painted the kit as opposed to spraying with an airbrush- typically German splinter camouflage is easier to paint this way, but the paint must be thinned just enough to brush even and cover at the same time- I used Testors Modelmaster enamels. It took me back to my early to mid teens before I started airbrushing all my kits. I still brush future on before decals and flat coat after decals- however, I have never been able to find a flat finish I am happy with other than the old Aeromaster flat coat. I currently use micro flat, but no matter how much i stir it seems to remain satin or even semi-gloss.
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