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1/72 Airfix P-40B Libya 1941 (In Progress)

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  • Member since
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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
1/72 Airfix P-40B Libya 1941 (In Progress)
Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 3:51 PM

Another model started some time ago...

I'm currently working on the Revell 1/125 U-47, but I felt like painting something again. So here is what I've done since last night.

The 1/72 Airfix P-40B from Libya 1941.

I started by painting it in Vallejo Desert yellow and Game Air Earth, masking the pattern with silly putty worms. It came out okay and I dusted it overall with a mix of matte, gloss, and a couple drops of Buff.

I didn't like how it turned out so this morning I remasked the Earth and resprayed with Middlestone. I like this look better.

After that I had to mix up my own Azure Blue from Vallejo and MSP colors. It's surprising how compatible those two brands are. Sprayed like a dream.

This is a good little kit and almost as impressive as the 1/48 scale model.

- Mike Brindos

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  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:34 PM

Looking good Mike!

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 6:50 PM

Thanks, Trey!

There were a couple of missed spots and some minor corrections needed so I tried some tonal variations in some of the panels.

It's almost got a cell shading kind of effect which I think is kinda cool looking.

I'm quite happy with this look.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:49 PM

Some details painted in for later and another couple panel tone changes, and then an enamel clear Cote to seal it up.

In the background you can see the included Humbrol colors that came with the kit. They are far darker than the colors printed on the packaging that I used for my reference.

The weird thing is that each of the colors took the gloss differently. Some smooth and some like a fine sandpaper - almost gritty.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, September 13, 2019 2:53 PM

Double post. Oops. Huh?

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, September 13, 2019 2:54 PM

Today I started on a Burnt Umber oil pin wash for the upper surfaces. I've chosen Phthalo Blue oil for the bottom but have not applied it yet.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, September 13, 2019 3:48 PM

Phthalo Blue oil pin wash applied and clear Cote to seal it up.

- Mike Brindos

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, September 13, 2019 8:36 PM

Isn't it wonderful how gloss cotes can show you every little painting flaw sometimes?

There were some pretty distinct raised edges along some of my camo scheme that were accentuated by the gloss. I went over them with a wet/dry 4000 grit sanding pad to level them out.

I also got a bit jumpy with the roundels on the lower wings, applying them before the clear had fully cured. I knew I should've waited til tomorrow (facepalm) but I just couldn't wait. So there will be some paint touch-ups (like usual for me) after I get all of these decals on tomorrow.

For now, I need to add a new Cote of gloss and let it dry overnight. Ah, learning curves... Amazing teachers.

One thing I have learned with this build is that thin cotes of gloss layered on with a brush work better than on thick one out of a spray can. And now I know, and knowing is half the battle. Go Joe!

- Mike Brindos

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fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:51 PM

Looking great Mike!

I'm learning a lot from the couple of P-40 builds going on now. I have 3 set up to build after I finish some clean-up and repairs on some models for the museum then I'll get started on mine. Thanks for posting all the great pics and the info.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, September 14, 2019 3:28 PM

Thanks, Jim. I appreciate your interest. 

So, 3 P-40 builds you say? I still have the 1/48 Airfix to finish and a 1/48 Revell I haven't even started yet. Once completed I'll have a total of 5 of them in my display and 4 of those will be -B's.

That doesn't include the three or four P-36's I have as well lol.

I'm no expert, but I do know quite a lot about the P-36/40 series. If you have any questions, PM me anytime.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, September 14, 2019 8:30 PM

Some of these decals have been a royal PITA. The F*GA are all one solid decal and the A was a bstard! It folded and crinckled and had to be cut loose and untangled before being re-placed on the fuselage.

For a "starter" kit there is no way without a copious amount of Micro Sol that the sharks mouth will line up correctly. Probably best to cut off the lower black stripes and just simply paint that part on.

I expected better from Cartograph. Yes they are beautifully printed and register perfectly, but these are just a touch too thick for the sharks mouth contours without the Sol.

So, this is one side. Took me all freaking afternoon til now. 

Yeah. That's one side. Guess I'll do the other side tomorrow lol.

- Mike Brindos

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fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, September 15, 2019 5:04 PM

Thanks Mike, will do. I appreciate the offer.

I have the Pro-Modeler P-40E, Hobby Craft "AVG" Tiger Shark and the Trumpeter P-40B. I have slowly been ordering all the AM I wanted for the builds. It's been coming by dribs and drabs.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, September 15, 2019 7:44 PM

- Mike Brindos

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fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, September 16, 2019 7:18 PM

I wouldn't mind doing a 1/32 either but don't have the room for it. The last large model I finished was put up on the half wall in the living room. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/6Skz8AA6GMX7nrA5A

Don't think I want to put holes in the ceiling of our new home.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, September 19, 2019 11:30 AM

Just a few details have been finished up.

Nav lights, formation lights, and the sharks mouth touched up.

- Mike Brindos

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    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:02 PM

This particular P-40 livery is probably my favorite!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:56 PM

As I've said many times before, I'm a true sucker for a shark mouthed P-40! Lol

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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