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Aircraft Recognition and Formation Lights

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    April 2015
Aircraft Recognition and Formation Lights
Posted by Wolfman_63 on Sunday, April 1, 2018 7:14 AM

Many aircraft have lights. On WWII aircraft they used a series of lights for night time recognition and many have various lights for formation flying at night. Many times these are represented on models as mold lines or molded in the plastic. I came up with a tutorial on how to make these more realistic using Acrylic Gel Medium and Tamiya clear paints. You can see the tutorial on my website at

Here are some pictures to see how they look:


David's Scale Models -






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    April 2016
  • From: N. Burbs of ChiKawgo
Posted by GlennH on Sunday, April 1, 2018 9:44 AM
They look great.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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    June 2017
Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Thursday, April 5, 2018 6:14 AM

Thanks for posting, they look great. I noticed in the link to the acrylic gel on Amazon, people are also buying Mod Podge with the acrylic gel. I have a ton of Mod Podge, do you think that would work in place of the Liquitex version?

Any thoughts on doing wing tip lights? I use clear sprue or plexiglass; drill out a bulb and paint with transparent red/green. But at 1/72 it's pretty fiddly!


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