This is my fourth and final(!) Lindberg Jenny project. It was love at first sight when I discovered the internet photos of Curtiss Jenny 4983 at the Air and Space Museum – the paint scheme, the unique markings, and the weathering all appealed to me and I decided I just had to try to replicate it. So after ordering another Jenny off of eBay, I began by copying the squadron logo off of one of the photographs and printing it to scale (the unique little critter is referred to as a “b***h kitty!”). After that I got a resin engine from Engines and Things (the company is for sale if anyone is interested), more photo-etched wire wheels from Don’s Model Works, exhaust from the spares box and the wooden propeller from the Revell Stearman kit.
Since the museum aircraft had the cockpits covered, I was happy to replicate that feature and ignore the sparse and inadequate cockpits on the kit, instead gluing thin sheet styrene inside. I did the usual filling of sink holes in the wings, and cut up the struts to fill in the attachment holes in the top wing. I also sanded off the molded hood straps, to be replaced with EZline. I hollowed out the kit plastic wheel hubs and inserted clear plastic disks, to which was glued the photo-etch wire wheels. Bits of wire were used as axles.
For painting I used Vellejo yellow ochre for the wings and tail, Vellejo intermediate blue and off-white for the rear fuselage, and Model Master olive drab for the cowling. The dirt on the wings was done by mixing black acrylic poster paint with water and brushing it on, after masking off all the ribs with masking tape. The little brass compressor pump was made using aluminum tubing plus the ends of a similar pump from the Roden DH-9 kit.
The colors aren’t exactly right, and the roundels on the lower wing need more work (I ran out of decal sheet), but I really like how it turned out.
The aircraft itself is from the 46th Aero Squadron located at Roosevelt Field, Long Island from July 1918-January 1919 . The Smithsonian acquired this Jenny in 1918 directly from the U.S. War Department. You can see all the photos of it here: https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/curtiss-jn-4d-jenny/nasm_A19190006000
Hope you like my Museum Piece!
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