Hasegawa F-2B 1/72
This was my first airbrushed jet project. I attempted a hybrid black-basing technique – when I laid down the white, I used the erratic swirl pattern, but stayed a bit clear of panel lines to end up with a sort of panel line pre-shading effect in addition to the mottling. With that combination, and how light I attempted to stay on the color overcoat (especially the lighter blue), it came out just a bit more intense that I was shooting for, but I’m on a learning curve using the airbrush so am satisfied with how it came out.
This was a really nice Hasegawa kit – lots of recessed details and a pretty good fit – only needed a bit of spacer behind the cockpit tub to fill an obvious gap. Some of the smaller details are a little heavy – like the static wicks and pitot, but I decided to just live with them.
I did use an aftermarket set of decals – Hasegawa decals can be pretty thick – that included TONS of stencils. Took days – working a hour here and an hour there – to get them all on. The bombs and TERs came from a Hasegawa Japanese weapons set. The F-2 is often pictured with missiles, but I wanted to do something a tad different. I did add PE sway braces to the pylons – that was the only non-OOB addition.
I’m still fighting getting a smooth gloss coat for decals – I think it has to do with my airbrush technique. I laid 5 coats of Testors rattle can gloss, and still had to do a lot of decal slicing/more solvent to get out silvering here and there, especially with smaller stencils across panel lines, and some of those long wing-walk stripes.
I used GS Mr. Color paints for the Ocean Blue scheme, as I wanted to practice for the same scheme I plan to use on an F-4EJ Kai (the next Phantom in my Phantom project after I finish the Turk).
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