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Revell 1/48 P-61 Black Widow, "Midnight Mickey" - Work in progress

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  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, February 2, 2020 10:08 AM

Hi Hilandr, 

Thanks for the tip. Much appreciated.

As I admitted in one of my earlier replies, I was lazy with the research on the details and kind of saw this as another experiment with my complementary pre-shading method more than anything, since the kit is not great. Just wanted to make the cockpit more interesting by introducing silver to the hoses. I am sure that that's just one of many color mistakes I made, haha. 

However, I am waiting for two HobbyBoss 1/72 scale kits to arrive and will put more time into research. Your suggestion is well noted.

 

Best, 

Nikola

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, February 2, 2020 10:14 AM

Hi Lawdog, 

Glad you like the progress so far. Appreciated.

Also, coincidence or not, I like how you used BJJ terminology, as I am a practitioner. :) 

 

Cheers, 

Nikola

  • Member since
    February 2020
Posted by ManSkirtBrew on Friday, February 7, 2020 1:16 PM

I just got the same kit for Christmas this year! Reading your thread has me really excited to get started, despite a little fear of the fit n' finish problems.

 

I'm still very new to the hobby, so I feel like it's going to be a good learning experience, and my expectations are properly lowered for what my final product will be like Big Smile

 

I'm planning the Moonlight Serenade version myself, as much as I hate to delete the turret on top.

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Monday, February 10, 2020 5:26 PM

Hi ManSkirtBrew,

Don't worry about the issues and enjoy the build. It is a very interesting aircraft to model and learn from. You've got nothing to lose. I too gave up on great expectations and I am just having fun. Usually great results come from this kind of attitude though, as one focuses on the process itself instead of the end result. :) 

My advice so far would be to be patient with this one, clean all the parts and dry fit everything, even couple of times, and have filler ready. :) 

Also, you will need a lot of lead in the nose so you don't end up with a tail sitter. Although they provide a clear post in the kit, I didn't like that, ditched the radar system entirely and filled the whole thing with lead. Almost 70g! 

Looking forward to seeing your build! 

 

Cheers, 

Nikola

 

  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 7:22 AM

Outstanding work Nikola!

On the Bench:

  • Italeri F-100D 1/72
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
  • Monogram F-16A Air Force Fighter
  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:21 PM

Thank you very much Cbaltrin. Much appreciated. Glad you like it so far! :)

 

Cheers, 

Nikola

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:21 AM

Hi gents,

 

Just a quick update on this slow developing project :)

 

Decals and the second gloss coat done.

Next: Minor paintwork corrections, painting certain details, more filters, washes, chipping, exhaust stains... and all that jazz.

 

Again, apologies for the image quality. 

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Best,

Nikola

 

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, February 14, 2020 1:07 AM

Outstanding...

 "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
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Friday, February 14, 2020 2:08 AM

Thank you very much Lawdog! Appreciated!

 

Cheers, 

Nikola

  • Member since
    May 2019
Posted by Hilandr451 on Sunday, February 16, 2020 3:47 PM

Nikola
 Also, you will need a lot of lead in the nose so you don't end up with a tail sitter. Although they provide a clear post in the kit, I didn't like that, ditched the radar system entirely and filled the whole thing with lead. Almost 70g! 

 

Yes this is a huge problem!! When I built mine, I put about 1.5 oz in each engine nacelles, and I put another 1.5 oz under the pilot's seat. I never did get that front gear down. I ended up replacing the clear peg anyway. I had considered weighting the nose as you did but I put a lot of work in repairing the radar system and I had always thought that was what made this aircraft unique so I didn't. 

 

The nose on your model looks opaque,  did you buy the opaque nose "upgrade" or is that paint job tricking my old eyes? That's the way they were in real life. (If they didn't paint them black or OD green.)

 

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Monday, February 17, 2020 6:10 AM

Hi Hilandr, 

It's all OOB. The radomes for both options came as regular opaque plastic. I just painted it.

 

Best, 

Nikola

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