Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

The learning curve

0 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: West Virginia, USA
The learning curve
Posted by mfsob on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 9:41 AM

Building my first airplane kit in 40-odd years has been an experience, good, bad and ugly. It’s an old 1/72 Testor/Italaeri B-25 kit I’ve had so long I can’t even remember who gave it to me! So far:

The Good: Discovering that the skills I started re-acquiring with the first three 1/700 ships I built transfer readily to airplanes; knowledge of how to fiddle with very tiny parts comes into play when you are attempting your first scratch built cockpit construction; airplanes start to look like “something” a lot sooner than ships do; if you pick a famous airplane, there will usually be a lot of good reference photos.

The Bad: Lots more subassemblies means lots more painting/masking/oh-hell-that-was-supposed-to-be-olive drab-not-gray! moments; making your own decals can be a special kind of purgatory if they keep going translucent on you; rattle cans are exceptionally good at getting paint everywhere, even places you thought you had thoroughly masked off.

The Ugly: Masking canopies, specifically the bombardier’s greenhouse, and having no clue whatsoever if the Bare Metal Foil will come off after multiple coats of paint, gloss coat, and dull coat; painting subassemblies separately and then trying to get the paint lines to match up … doesn’t work. Trust me on that one.


Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.