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1/48 Tamiya P-38H 475th FG "Loisel's Screaming Kid" (Finished)

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
1/48 Tamiya P-38H 475th FG "Loisel's Screaming Kid" (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:47 PM

Hello folks.  I had some down time between scheduled builds and I felt the bug to give the heavenly Tamiya forked tail devil another shot.  I also wanted more practice with the hairspray technique, so I figured a Pacific P-38 with the prominent wing wear, and perhaps other areas, would do the trick. 

I wanted something different other than the kit options and perhaps a lesser known ace besides McGuire or Bong (nothing against these heroes of course).  Once again inspired by aviation art, I went with John Loisel's #161 "Screaming Kid" from the 475th FG.  Loisel was an aggressive pilot who shot down 5 Japanese aircraft within 2 months of flying the P-38, that being two Ki-61s and three zeros.  He would finish with 11 kills and be the 4th highest scoring pilot in the 475th. After seeing this Roy Grinnell painting, I was of course inspired. 

  

  

Again, I wanted this to be another exercise in Pacific weathering, as I'm still trying to kick up my skills a notch or two.  I started with an Alclad Aluminum base before several light coats of hair spray. After a preshade with black, I then fired down AK Real Colors Olive Drab which was lightened with XF-57 Buff at different intensities.  I wet the surface in areas I wanted chipped and then used a stiff Testors brush to chip the paint.  I used the technique on the boom fronts and props too.  AK is sort of tough so it took a while to losen, but I'm starting to get the hang of it. 

I initially had an Eduard Look dashboard in there but the windscreen canopy piece wouldn't fit flush, so I had to rip it it out and use the kit part.  Be warned.  I was able to use the included PE seatbelts so it wasn't a complete loss.  I used DEF model weighted wheels and they were fantastic. I added some Quickboost guns which are better than the kit ones.   

I hate the "coffee table" look of P-38 kits and the Tamiya kit is no exception. On this one, I lenghthened the front gear oleo strut about double to give it that characteristic backwards P-38 lean you see in pictures.  Fortunately it's lean wasn't too much and it stayed on it's front leg, but it's close.  Next time I'll add some BBs in nose with the included weight.  Scratchbuilt wires in the radio compartment and gear legs round out the additions. I just realized I forgot to add the boom oval mirror decals but will add them soon.  

As mentioned, paints were AK Real Colors and the main markings were painted on with Maketar masks.  Decals were from an old Cutting Edge sheet I had found (sheet has Perry Dahl's machine too for later).  They performed flawlessly.  Weathering was with Ammo Mig enamels and Tamiya panel line wash.  

I can't wait for their J and or L.  I wonder what they're waiting for?  That will have Robin Olds Scat III written all over it.

 

 

A few in progress pics....

 "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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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:37 AM

Beautiful finish, LD!

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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Friday, October 8, 2021 1:26 AM

Fantastic work as usual! Excellent model.

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 8, 2021 4:30 AM

the Baron

Beautiful finish, LD!

 

Thanks Baron

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 8, 2021 4:30 AM

Nikola

Fantastic work as usual! Excellent model.

Best,

Nikola

 

Thanks Nikola

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, October 8, 2021 10:14 AM

Oh wow oh WOW!!! Heart

I'm hoping to start on mine shortly after new years. And I will be using your build and Hoss WA's as reference for mine!

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

 

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    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 8, 2021 6:05 PM

Gamera

Oh wow oh WOW!!! Heart

I'm hoping to start on mine shortly after new years. And I will be using your build and Hoss WA's as reference for mine!

 

Thanks! By all means. You'll love this kit. I'm probably gonna do an ETO version again soon. 

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, October 9, 2021 3:39 AM

Lovely work LD specially the weathering/chipping that is spot on.Beer

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Posted by chukw on Sunday, October 10, 2021 11:17 AM
Man, that looks great. Superb finish- cheers!
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Posted by Flight Line Media on Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:43 PM
Stunning work! Thanks for sharing it.

Andrew

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Sunday, October 10, 2021 2:36 PM

Another beautiful job, Lawdog, the weathering is superb.  The paint chipping is especially well done, very nice indeed!

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, October 10, 2021 6:23 PM

Wonderful LD. Love the fading and shading. Lol on the "coffee table look." 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:52 PM

plasticjunkie

Lovely work LD specially the weathering/chipping that is spot on.Beer

 

Thanks bud..

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:53 PM

chukw
Man, that looks great. Superb finish- cheers!
 

Thank Chuk!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:53 PM

Flight Line Media
Stunning work! Thanks for sharing it.
 

Thanks Andrew

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:54 PM

Hutch6390

Another beautiful job, Lawdog, the weathering is superb.  The paint chipping is especially well done, very nice indeed!

 

Thank you Hutch

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:55 PM

Hoss WA

Wonderful LD. Love the fading and shading. Lol on the "coffee table look." 

 

Lol.....thanks Hoss.  Surprisingly easy fix too

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  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:15 PM
Another beautiful build that just "pulls you in" when you look at it. I would say you have the hairspray technique pretty much down pat. I also appreciate the bases that you use. They add to the overall feel and presentation without distracting from the model itself. As always thanks for sharing.
Gil
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Posted by Flight Line Media on Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:59 PM
Very nice! I'm glad we have a decent quarter scale lightning now. I still haven't decided what scheme I want to build... Can't go wrong with Scat though!

Andrew

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:14 PM

Holy cow, how'd I miss this one.  Another top shelf queen LD!

Chad

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:19 PM

Back to the bench
Another beautiful build that just "pulls you in" when you look at it. I would say you have the hairspray technique pretty much down pat. I also appreciate the bases that you use. They add to the overall feel and presentation without distracting from the model itself. As always thanks for sharing.
 

Thanks Gil.  I'm still trying to get comfortable with the hairspray technique.  I'm getting better.  The bases are made by a friend.  Much better than anything I could do.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:21 PM

Flight Line Media
Very nice! I'm glad we have a decent quarter scale lightning now. I still haven't decided what scheme I want to build... Can't go wrong with Scat though!
 

Thanks.  It's way past decent.  Perhaps one of the best kits ever made.  Pretty close to perfection.  It may surpass my beloved Tamiya P-47s....

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:22 PM

Flight Line Media
Very nice! I'm glad we have a decent quarter scale lightning now. I still haven't decided what scheme I want to build... Can't go wrong with Scat though!
 

Thanks Chad

 "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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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, October 24, 2021 7:23 PM

Oh just lov'n it! Turned out just like you called it. Nice weathering and really nice tape lines on her! Looks like your nose art settled in there perfect!

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 cbaltrin on Monday, October 25, 2021 4:06 AM

Fine work lawdog. A real gem you have there!Bow Down

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, October 25, 2021 11:49 PM

TheMongoose

Oh just lov'n it! Turned out just like you called it. Nice weathering and really nice tape lines on her! Looks like your nose art settled in there perfect!

 

Thank you!  

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

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, October 25, 2021 11:50 PM

cbaltrin

Fine work lawdog. A real gem you have there!Bow Down

 

Thank you

 "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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Posted by Shipwreck on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 1:06 PM
Another work of art, Lawdog! Thanks for sharing.

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:57 PM

Shipwreck
Another work of art, Lawdog! Thanks for sharing.
 

Thanks Ship

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