Prototype: Curtiss XP-55 Ascender – Modelsvit 1/48
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Another one completed for the shelf, this time another popular kit from Modelsvit, the Curtiss XP-55 Ascender. This plane is unique for a number of reasons, but most obvious is its swept wing profile and its rear facing pusher prop.
I can't say why I was drawn to this ungainly plane, but I just wanted to have it on the shelf, as a conversation piece, if nothing else. Fortunately for me, the Modelsvit kit really is a great kit with very few flaws. I enjoyed this build very much, in-fact, I had it built and ready for decals in about 3 days time before I stalled out. I was very happy with the cockpit details in this kit, as with my P-51H.
I got the main decals on, stalled out again... did the upper stencils... stalled again. With the lower stencils all that remained, I reckoned that not too many people would nit-pick me on that, and just left them off. After brief oil weathering and decal sealing sessions, then fitment of all the fiddly-bits, I was happy to have this one done... so much so that I allow myself to overlook the port wing-root and canopy seams. Truly though, I'm happy with the results.
As you can see, I opted to do prototype #3 "278847", since our friends Tom C and Roland S have both shown us their examples of prototype #2. I kept the plane pretty clean as I imagine it would have been kept, but still wanted to give the OD character. Paints were Vallejo and MM as usual. Weathering was artist's oil wash. Antennae is Infini 1/72 rigging line.
In the meantime, I'm patiently waiting for Modelsvit's F-82, as well as some more XP planes!