1/72 "SWORD" P-80 Shooting Star
This model was built right "out-of-the-box" back in December, 2010. I added some "b-b's" in the nose so that it would not be a tail dragger. I applied a light black paint wash to the model which was sanded off with 600 grit wet/dry 3M sandpaper. This method taught me how to find any messed up panel lines and missing rivets. I learned to keep all my different grades of sandpaper in clean water for at lease 72 to 100 hours; (3-4 days) before I used it. By that time in water the paper backing would be very soft and you could wrap it around any round, flat, oval sanding tools. I used Tamiya paints and some kit decals.
The two real P-80 magazine photos came from my WW-II scrapbook as I have 1,107 printed photos in it. Several years ago I scanned all my scrapbook photo's and put them on a DVD. So anytime I want an old WW-II,I just pop in my DVD into this new Apple computer of ours.
THAT's IT...ENJOY! RJW
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