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Tamiya 1/48 P-38G Beautiful Lass - Finished!

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Tamiya 1/48 P-38G Beautiful Lass - Finished!
Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, August 30, 2021 9:48 PM

Well image my surprise when I logged in to start posting my newest build and saw that Hoss WA had the exact same one...and of all coincidences it was the top build on the page lol Hoss pretty much covered all the background, 8 victories with "Jump" O'Neil before his tour was up, then lost in a storm to the 2nd pilot.

So I'm going to add the 2 different sized fuel tanks for a variation in the rendition I'm doing ;-) My only aftermarket will be the Quinta Studio 3D printed cockpit decals. Here's my starting point...

Did some painting on the sprue Friday night, Assembled the cockpit on Saturday And then Sunday I got through final assembly. 

The Quinta IP reflects light just like real glass at certain angles. Really looks great.

I added the box with that lever on the far side last to make sure I didn't break it off before even gluing the cockpit walls together lol Added some wiring out of stretched white sprue.

 

A similar story here. In this case All the levers were added after the cockpit was installed in the fuselage. I figured with 6 there was 100% chance I'd break at least 1 putting it in. 

you know that silver brush painting looks great to the naked eye but ugly and sloppy in the close up. It's a love-hate relationship for sure. I kept trying to refocus the camera...nope it's the user!

 

Here's a close up of the Quinta levers. Really nice details. The instructions need a little help. If you buy a set don't cut off the plastic instrument frames  the levers mount to like it appears they want you to do. Oops. They only want the flat center section removed. Fortunately I made a clean cut with the razor saw and got 70% of it back in place with some CA. The other watch out is part 18. Its a gage that come off the frame where the levers mount at a 90 degree angle. Until just now when i posted this I couldn't see what the instructions were trying to show because the angle was so poor. Overall a great set and super easy to work with. No parts were lost during this excercise!

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Monday, August 30, 2021 10:58 PM

Your cockpit work is outstanding.  The attention to the details makes this stand out.  I can't wait to see your progress on this model.

TJS

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Posted by knox on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 2:24 PM

Beautiful work!!

                         knox 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 6:55 PM

Awesome, thanks guys! Taking my time on this one. Back in a few with pics of how perfectly this model goes together. In many places you can't even tell there are individual pieces. 

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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Posted by Tim's Corner on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 9:31 PM
Beautiful detail in the cockpit - it's very inspiring! And well done on the close up's as well. I know those ones aren't easy!
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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 10:25 PM

Tim's Corner
Beautiful detail in the cockpit - it's very inspiring! And well done on the close up's as well. I know those ones aren't easy!
 

many thanks from my corner of the world Tim! i was laughing reading your close up comment. I must have hit refocus a hundred times taking those shots lol

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 10:33 PM

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, September 2, 2021 3:58 AM

Great subject -- lol!  It's a wonderful kit, isn't it?  Awesome cockpit with the Quinta details. Looks great so far. 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 2, 2021 10:18 AM

Ohhhhhhhh, whatta beautiful job on the cockpit!!!

I love how she's coming! Heart

 

MUST RESIST URGE TO START ON MINE TILL I GET SOME STUFF FINISHED... Devil

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, September 3, 2021 9:37 PM

Thanks Gamera. Hopefully we'll see yours one day soon!

mine is looking like a Lightning now! 


weathered up the gear bays a bit with a sand colored Flory wash


this is in i's dried state, still have to wipe it down and get the look I want.

Now I'm working on tons of little stuff. Lots of details to put together. I need to get the canopy all set so i can spray everything at once and keep the colors consistent. This kit is sooo much fun!

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, September 4, 2021 8:34 PM

Looking great so far. Good approach to painting everything at once since there's quite a bit of OD real estate on the windscreen and rear canopy. I painted mine separately and didn't quite get the colors matched up. 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, September 5, 2021 5:17 PM

Thanks Hoss. It seems like it shouldn't be an issue but, like you, I've painted from the same bottle and it just ended up noticeably different. screwey as Bugs Bunny would say!

I've got Beautiful Lass  in white primer today. Have thought about this alot. Found this great WWII site

Over 300 P-38 photos on here. I saved about 50 of them that would help with the build and weathering. Tried a few practice runs with dark and light primer and 2 different olive drabs. Have settled on white primer (obviously lol) and Tamiya rattle can olive drab that will be decanted and sprayed.
So looking at the pics of Pacific Lightnings and at the graphics that go with the decals and Hoss WA's build ... 

My plan for tomorrow is to spray a lightened coat of olive drab, maybe 20% white or yellow zinc chromate added to it, as the 1st coat. Then I'll apply the tape the seams like they did to ship these babies to the Pacific. Then some grimey black and some mottling to give it lots of wear. Should be a crazy Monday!

 

 

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, September 6, 2021 10:29 AM

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, September 6, 2021 10:38 AM

Will be looking in on this one and looking forward to seeing how that chipping method works out.Yes

                   

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, September 6, 2021 2:36 PM

mustang1989

Will be looking in on this one and looking forward to seeing how that chipping method works out.Yes

 

me too buddy! Might be tomorrow thobefore i can rub it off. Day is getting away from me and I have a fantasy football draft tonight thati just realized is going to be a delay to modeling.

 

now here's a goofy experience. Probably a watch out for you guys with one in your stash. I was decanting my olive drab when I noticed a big dot on the tail boom. Thought, oh crap did i spritz the plane! Nope, turns out a perfect hole appeared in the boom,

have you ever seen anything like this? Weird. I didn't really study the booms before assembly so I'm not sure what features may be back there or if there was a sign of an incomplete fill. Working on plugging it up. Then sand and primer that spot again.

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 10:05 AM

Looks like it's supposed to be there. I haven't been able to confirm this but I've read that it's supposed to be an upward clear recognition light. Either way there's a hole there. Zoom in on the picture below and check it out:

 

                   

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 10:28 AM

Oh man you're great Mustang! There's no references to it in the instructions. Can't believe they missed it. There is a small clear part for it on the tree. And looking back I can see the hole shadowed in the side view of the boom, the pic that just shows the profile of the finished part right at the top of the right boom step.

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:03 PM

No problem bud. Any friend of Joe Rix is an automatic friend of mine and besides.....I need to start hangin' out with birds of a feather again here in the aircraft section. Glad I could be of help Mongoose. 

BTW....what's your first name? I'm Joe 

                   

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 6:58 PM

Hey Joe I'm Chris during the day. I morph into plastic at night Beer yeah Joe Rix and a bunch of us had a great time out in Vegas!

This light is really goofy. There's no ledge to set the clear lens on. Kinda glad i cemented a rod into it. I can just drill out enough to sit the lens in now I think. 

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 8:51 PM

Oh wow, never thought of using liquid mask for the interwing chipping. Please keep us informed in how this goes. 

And I didn't know about the fuselage navigation light, whoa you learn something new everyday!   

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 8:57 PM

TheMongoose

Hey Joe I'm Chris during the day. I morph into plastic at night Beer yeah Joe Rix and a bunch of us had a great time out in Vegas!

This light is really goofy. There's no ledge to set the clear lens on. Kinda glad i cemented a rod into it. I can just drill out enough to sit the lens in now I think. 

 

Well...It's good to formally meet you Chris!! I just turn into a pumpkin at night these days. Frickin' work and heat just take it out of me. At 4 in the mornin' though I dive into plastic for an hour before getting ready for work. Mind seems to be more fresh and imaginative after resting. I'm giving that whole light thing some thought. May have to do some more research on that. 

                   

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 6:46 PM

I've gone down the rabbit-hole on this one! So the pic Mustang1989 posted above is Miss Virginia, definitely a G model and in New Guinnea so same thaetre of operations. It definitely has the formation light in the boom. Can't seem to find any other pics that show it as clearly as that one. I will say it's damn hard to find an F or G pic, want a J or an L you're in good shape. And then find a shot from the rear right quarter, hah it must not be her best side, EVER ;-)

And Tamiya is confused as well. Here are the Miss Virginia layouts from the kit, note the profile and top views don't match.

No portrayal of the hole for the light

oh, hey what's this perfect circle of a shadow on the boom

So, what's the outcome of this plastic rant you ask...well since it's the same model, same theater of operations, and I like to be different, AND most importantly because I need to fill this hole with something im going to claim it could have been there and go with it lmao

the 1 lens on the clear sprue is a little big it seems. Not covered in the instructions either. Seemed like i would mess up the clear part if i tried to trim it or sand it smooth and keep it round I'm going to drill the hole out and then chamfer the top edge so the lens will fit in. Then i can smooth it all out and I'll tape up a section that looks to be the right scale size for the light and paint over the rest.

Kudos to any of you who read the whole thing Yes Wish me luck

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 9:38 PM

Listening to the Reds game tonight. 7 innings of baseball to get about 3/4 or so of the tape done. The score was tied but I didn't have it in me to do any extra innings. Tedious stuff this is. here's how the top is looking

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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Posted by Flight Line Media on Thursday, September 9, 2021 4:27 AM
Great work!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, September 9, 2021 5:11 AM

Looking good so far Chris! I hear you on the tedious stuff. Seems like we're just spinning our wheels sometimes but it all comes together in the tail end of the project. 

Sheesh man.....got the Cowboys game against the Bucs tonight. I'm a fan and I'm hopeful but given their history and the way the Bucs are I just don't know man.  I mean .....anything can happen but I'm expecting a spanking on the Cowboys tonight. 

                   

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, September 10, 2021 5:51 PM

Mustang if you guys had a kicker that game would have been different! Regardless it was an awesome game to watch.

today the preshading is all completed. This 1st set is what it looks like with the black sprayed over the tape. I did it this way to create some soft shadows as your eye moves away from the tape line. Looking at the photos it seems there is randomness to how the black shows up under the olive drab and neutral grey. I thought this method might simulate that. We will see :-)

in these i used gloss black on the top where olive drab would be. Then i used grimey black on the bottom. It's much softer, has some blues in it And should be better under the gray.

 

Close up of shadowing 

 

and these are with the tape off

I used light ghost grey on the tape lines to get a contrast once i put the cover coat on the underside. 

and a half way decent tape ball as a result. Almost as much as i use on a 1/32 Thunderbird!

gonna be a fun day tomorrow applying the final color coats Toast

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, September 10, 2021 6:12 PM

Yeah ol' Zuerlein has got some work ahead of him or they'll end up fixing that. You're right.....that was probably the best Cowboys game I've seen in years.

All this paint prep work on this Lightning is gonna make this sucker turn out suuuweeeet!! Super light coats will bring out the best in all of this and I'm looking very much forward to seeing your results.

                   

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, September 11, 2021 11:40 AM

Here's a few shots of today's progress. All the primary colors are done. Tamiya olive drab and neutral gray decanted from spray can for this one. Thinned with mr color leveling thinner. I traced the camo pattern right from the color instruction sheet, that was a perk.

A little nato green and yellow zinc chromate to create some blotches/weathering in the paint.



This one's got a preview of what the chipping will look like

 

ive got 2 small spots on the verticle tails that have some crap under the paint. Tomorrow will have to do a little sanding and make repairs. So far it's looking great Beer

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, September 11, 2021 1:54 PM

Yes indeed! Looks great so far. Beer

I like how you did the tape marks- tedious but looks convincing in the end. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 1:56 AM

Coming along very nice.  I'll be starting this one again soon.  

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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