Vought OS2U-1 Kingfisher USS ARIZONA, Pearl Harbor December 1941 in 1/72 from Airfix
Hello, this is my third rollout of an Airfix model from US NAVY. This time I wanted to try out the presentation of pacific water. The kit itself is an very old one from the 1960s by Airfix. It was reissued a few years ago in new packaging and with new decals. The kit itself is therefore low budget and I also didn't buy any aftermarket parts. All comes from the left-over box (except for the barrel of the M2 Browning machine gun, which comes from CMK). I scratch build the area of the canopy over the pilot's seat, since the original part is not intended to be arranged in the open position.
The fit of the kits parts are not to bad and I have no problems during the build. I recommend to shorten the inner struts for the outer flots, because the are a little bit to long. The decals are very good and the color profile is correct as far as I could say.
AK products used (I am not sponsored by AK)
RC256 Blue Grey
RC220 Light Gull Grey
RC262 US int. Yellow Green
AK10043 wheathering pencils "grey & blue"
AK8004 AK Water Gel "pacific blue"
The water base is made from 6 mm foam (I recommend to use 10mm or more) covered with paper and then painted with acrylics and a big layer of water gel. I have added a few white spots with acrylic paint to simulate foam.
Next time I will add more water effects on the plane itself. Cause this is the first time I simulate water, I didn't dare.
I borrowed my wife's hair dryer to generate the wind for the rotating propeller ; )
I know that one can get more excact representations of the Kingfisher esp. in larger scales, but let me know what you think about this little bird. I hope you can enjoy the pictures
ps. The water gel works great even in smaler scales, look at the last pictures of the formation of trumper Devastators in 1/700.
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