Hasegawa P-38J Lightning, ´Virginia Marie´, 1/48
I bought this one because I like how it look the metal color with that blue. Really different from others Lightnings.
This one is from Hasegawa and it doesn´t has many details, and parts doesn´t fit really good so... I had to do a lot of extra work. Used a lot of putty and sanding (at the end this areas doesn´t look like I want it), but I fixed that problem.
I got an Eduard PE parts for cockpit and the weels landing boxes to have that extra detail that I want it.
For painting I had to put a black primer and then cover it with aluminum (used a 3 differents Aluminium color from Vallejo metal colors). I had a lot, but a lot of trouble with DUST when I airbrushed this colors. I learned that the area where I´m going to airbrush has to be free of dust. But at the end it doesn´t look so bad.
For the blue color (the stripes) the kit comes with decals to be applied, but after thinking about the idea to do it in that way I decided to mask it and paint it. It took time but finally looks really nice. That specific blue was something really hard to find. Digging on the Net I found the Large Scale Planes Forum web site where the member dmthamade, builted a 1/32 Virginia Marie like mine, and he said he used the MiG Ammo Dark Grey Blue MiG-229. He said this was a color recommended on another site, and looks like a great match. I followed his advice and this color really match with the blue used in the decals.
When I took out the masking tape from the plane after airbrushed the blue parts and saw how it look... I felt happy because look really nice.
Finally the decals work ( easy one ) and extra little details. A coat of clear for protection and finally the antenna.
Hope you like it.
See you next time. A dornier do-335 a Pfiel from Tamiya is the next one I´m working on.
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