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Finished--Hobby Boss 1/48 P-38 Bare Metal Foil

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  • Member since
    March, 2015
Finished--Hobby Boss 1/48 P-38 Bare Metal Foil
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, April 01, 2019 5:05 PM

Well, it took a while, but I am finally finished. The Hobby Boss is an easy to assemble P-38. Everything fit and no alignment issues. The only thing wrong with the kit is the lack of landing lights and boring decals. It took a while to do the Foil due to a lot of 3D curves and numerous small panels. But, I think the the results were the effort.

  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, April 01, 2019 7:06 PM
Looks really good! I really like the subtle variations in the panels in the BMF

On my bench: Dragon 1/48 Ju 88P-1

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    June, 2013
Posted by bvallot on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 9:14 AM

Johnny, I've seen a number of BMF aircraft and some win and some lose. Some times it's just a limitation in the foil or the imagination of the modeler, but this sir goes in the "win" column. Very good job around the canopy! All around solid build with some nice add ons. 

Very sweet little Lightning!! =]

On the bench:  

Tamiya P-51D  William Shomo

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh


  • Member since
    June, 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 10:03 AM

I agree all around. The build is very nice and the BMF is excellent, especially the canopy. Well done.


On the bench: 1/72 Meng F-102A Case XX

1/48 Pro-Modeller SB2C-4 Helldiver

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   Back on the bench.

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining



  • Member since
    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 11:56 AM

Thanks everyone for the very nice words. I appreciate it. Big Smile

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    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 12:02 PM


Just a few additionl photos. I think that these highlight the quality of the BMF better than the original photos.

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 12:11 PM
Very nicely done,will have to have a look at that kit.

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    February, 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 10:13 PM
Well done! You’ve nailed the foiling. I just noticed that it’s void the anti glare paint on the engine nacelles. Usually half was painted black or OD that faces the pilot. Perhaps this plane didn’t have them. I only mention it because of the NMF lightning I did last year called for them. Again..gorgeous work.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"





  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 10:25 PM

Looks great.  My patience (or lack of)with bare metal foil would never allow that.



  • Member since
    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 4:02 PM

Hobby Boss did a really nice job with the canopy. Very clear plastic and a nice tight fit with the fuselage. In fact, I didn't even need to glue the canopy to the fuselage. It just snapped into place! The Eduard paint masks made painting the canopy easy.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 4:53 PM

Oh wow the foil came out perfect!!!! Beautiful job!!!

Thanks for letting us follow along.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    December, 2018
Posted by Tosh on Thursday, April 04, 2019 4:34 AM

As always, what an amazing finale!  you did a fantastic job.

Your friend’s, Toshi & Ezra

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Bandai 1/144 X-Wing Starfighter and a Y-Wing Starfighter.


  • Member since
    July, 2018
  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Thursday, April 04, 2019 7:55 AM

very nice build



  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, April 06, 2019 9:42 PM

Fine build!

As others have said, the foil job is excellent!

If I ever get around to my P47M I may attempt to use that stuff.



"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz


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