Revell / Monogram P-61 1/48
This took me over a month to finish and I’m really proud of the result. First of all, I am going to show some improvements I did to this model, like riveting and full re-scribed panel lines, cockpit, Wing intakes, right open engine, main wheel wells, and canopy fitting.
For the engine I used a spare quickboost B-26 marauder resin engine, sanded it and detailed it to look right. As you can see, I tried to improve the wing intakes as they were flat walls with almost no detail, most of that work was made out of thin plastic cards and plastic tubes cut in half.
The wheel wells were empty cylinders, I tried to make them look "realistically" busy, is not my best work, but at least that's better than what came with the kit, As you may have known, the monogram P-61 has its major problem with the clear parts, they are really poor quality, but not because of the transparency (which is pretty good) but the fitting with the fuselage. I had to fill the gaps with plastic cards and Tamiya putty to make a smooth transition.
For the painting I used Tamiya and various shades of gray and black, I used German gray, Ocean Gray, deep-sea blue with black and white to play with various tones, I tried to look for a cold hue as you can see. To chip the paint I used the hairspray technique, first apply primer followed by any metallic paint you want to show through, then 2 or 3 light coats of hairspray decanted into my airbrush and finally al the paint job. When you're done, the only thing left to do is moist the surface with water to reactivate the hairspray and with a chopstick start scratching the surface revealing the metallic paint underneath.
I also painted the tail markings to better represent the 418th Night Fighter Squadron. Many aircraft profiles and also monogram had incorrect colors and numbers for this exact aircraft, thankfully monogram had enough numbers to have them correct. However, The yellow and red decals were trash, they were not printed over white, so when you apply them over a dark surface they get kinda lost, they are very hard to see, I should have painted the tail numbers tho...
I think that's all I can add, I hope you like it and appreciate the time and effort that was put in this model.
Have a nice day
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