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Die-cast B-24 – June 2018

Posted by Mark Hembree
on Thursday, June 7, 2018

Richard Engar

Salt Lake City, Utah

Richard writes, “I do not usually do commission modeling or any contract projects as a ‘professional modeler,’ mainly because a fun hobby then becomes onerous work.” But he made an exception for a friend of a friend whose father was a navigator on a B-24 — in fact, Yo-Yo, an aircraft flown by George McGovern (among others). The model was a 1/48 scale Franklin Mint die-cast in British camouflage; Richard’s challenge was to convert it to a natural-metal Liberator in American markings.

“I later looked it up and noted that a current B-24J went for $499,” Richard says. “I thought, if I take on this project I had better not screw up this model!”

After detail-painting (tires, landing gear, wheel wells, etc.) and complicated masking, Richard sprayed the big bird with silver automotive paint from a can, then applied homemade, custom, and various other aftermarket decals.

The unveiling of the refinished model delighted the navigator’s son, who could only wish his father were there to see it.

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