Tamiya 1/48 P-38F Lightning “Texas Terror/The Mad Dash”.
This was the last project completed in 2020 for me. Built completelyOOB except for some fine solder used as the antenna stay, and, of course, Eduard seat harness. Airbrushed in Tamiya acrylics, and weathered with Ammo by Mig enamel washes & Heavy Chipping fluid. Kitsworld decals representing CPT Jack Ilfrey’s “Texas terror/Mad Dash”. Europe, 1942.
I referenced Tom Cleavers’ expertly researched article at Modeling Madness for the color callouts. Thanks, TC, for doing all the heavy lifting for me! As he did, I used Tamiya XF-81 “RAF Dark Green” and XF-83 “Sea Grey Medium.” I thinned these around 50/50 with Gunze Mr. Leveling Thinner. The gloss coat and flat coat were Gunze GX100 & GX114, respectively. Since these are lacquer-based, I thinned them 3:1 with Mr. LT. I find these products superior to Future Floor Polish and whatever flat coat I was using (I think it was Testors Acryl). I used UVDR “Just Rig It” line for the antenna. Think: fine gauge EZ-Line.
And, yeah…everything you’ve read or heard about this kit is true. It is positively sublime.
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