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Testors/Italeri 1/72 V-22 Osprey 1st Air Commandos 1945 . . .

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  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Testors/Italeri 1/72 V-22 Osprey 1st Air Commandos 1945 . . .
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, November 19, 2022 9:49 AM

I was unsure as to where to post this build. Aircraft? Helicopters? I decided here in this forum. I bought this kit at Modelpalooza last month. I'm not a big fan of the V-22, but I've had this idea ever since I saw a fellow's build of a V-22 in D-Day livery a couple of years ago.

Reference photos I used for this build showed V-22's parked on the ramp with the rotors rotated forward so that's how I decided to pose the build. The build was pretty straight forward. No extras except decals (ugh). The pilots are from the old Monogram F-82 kit. Most of the paint is Tamiya: Khaki Drab, Neutral Gray, White, Black, and my mix of Insignia Yellow. The rotor blades are painted with Mr. Color Gloss Black. The rotor hubs are AK Dark Aluminum. All sealed with Alclad Clear Flat.

I made a mistake using decals instead of painting the national insignia. I really should have painted them. I used a lot of Tamiya Gloss Clear to seal the paint and prep the surface for decals. Everything was fine until I sprayed the Alclad Clear Flat. Then the edges of the decals showed up glaringly. Lesson learned.

I have a couple of other !st Air Commando Group build coming up: a P-51A and a Razorback Thunderbolt and maybe a P-51D.

Comments and constructive criticism always welcome.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, November 19, 2022 10:05 AM

Since the Osprey spends most of its flight time suspended on wings, I think you picked the right place.

Great job- had never seen those markings before.  Attractive.

  • Member since
    June 2007
Posted by jrb53 on Monday, November 21, 2022 12:34 PM

Nice job with good imagineering.  Rather unlikely that distinctive shape would be misidentified.  Probably just complying with orders from the Brass Hats! Smile



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