Lindberg 1/48 Curtiss BFC-2
Due to Robert Knaack's article on November third I was motivated to get off my butt, order some EZ Line and finish my Goshawk. It also got me excited to build the FBC-2 from Freedom Models! The problem was I, like many others have been put off by the rigging. (This is also the reason I have avoided building a Wingnuts Wings kit despite the fact that they are 1/32 which is not my usual scale. They just look like great kits!)
This was my first attempt at rigging with EZ Line and it was a cakewalk, even on this smallish plane. I started on the left side so my learning mistakes are on that side. The FBC-2's rigging is done in pairs so instead of running them separately, I looped and secured them around one end of the cabane struts then attached the other ends one at a time. Getting the length right isn't imperative which makes things easy. EZ Line stretches an impressive amount
As far as building and painting the plane it's all OOB. The kit fits together nicely if suffering from a bit of flash. Overall the plane was painted Testors Metallic Silver which is a good facsimile of aluminized dope. The tail was painted with Model Master Willow Green (denoting being stationed on USS Ranger) which is quite a pretty shade of green. For the top of the upper wing I used Caterpillar yellow which I think looks pretty good. I used Gaurds Red for the cowling as it was the closest match to the decal stripe on the top of the wing and fuselage band. The fuselage band along with the fully painted cowling denoted a section leader. (The number two and three planes would have the top half and bottom half of the cowling respectively painted red. The red denoted the first of six sections of three planes each followed by white, blue, black, willow green and yellow.) The decals on my kit were extremely thin and snuggled down to the surface very nicely. I did end up tearing the stripe on the top of the wing but that was the only mishap. The decals were also nice and glossy so they blend in with the sheen of the paint.
Now I feel the confidence to build interwar and WWI planes. I do have a Gloster Gladiator, Bristol Bulldog and a pair of F3Fs in the stash (not to mention the FBC-2 to add) so now I feel I can get them done. A big thank you to Robert Knaack for posting his article and getting me motivated! Yellow wings are fun!
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