ProModeler F4U-5N (Korean night fighter)

The F4U-5N is done and on the shelf!  Finished up her landing gear and stores last night and antenna and a few last tweeks tonight.

What did I learn from this build?

  • Dialed back the salt weathering a bit on this and it doesn’t look bad
  • Used micromask and salt paint chipping on one of the fuel tanks to look like it’s lost a lot of paint and that turned out well
  • Used one color engine black paint and with weathering the color looks pretty good.  I used a multi-black approach on the P-61 earlier and I think the single color did okay
  • I discovers that a raw umber wash on flat black doesn’t show up
  • I tried a white oil paint wash to lighten up the upper surfaces and sun fade the topsides and after the Testor’s Dullcoat it turned out okay
  • Don’t use the really runny super glue straight from the bottle 🙂  I tried to quickly fix the antenna and the glue ran down the side of the airplane, requiring a quick paint touch up!

Here are some finished shots for my 5th model this year.  Getting a bit behind the two models a month quest!

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ProModeler F4U-5N in final stages

Gosh it’s been awhile since I posted.  I’ve been working steadily on the F4U, sometimes only 30 minutes at a shot but I am making progress (and on the Kingfisher too!).

After painting it black I put a couple of coats of Future on the kit in preparation for decals.  I usually hand brush the Future since I haven’t had good results with the airbrush.  Maybe someday I’ll get that process down but the hand brushing seems to work, I just have to make sure I work the bubbles out of the coat.  Time for  the decals..


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After putting on the decals it was time to grub it up a bit.  This time I worked in three filter washes.  First was my usual wash of raw umber thinned down and coated over most of the aircraft.  I’m not sure what effect it has on an all black aircraft as it wasn’t as apparent as it usually is.

Next I applied a couple of shade of blue and did a dot wash.  This is where you take a dot of oil paint (just the touch of a toothpick) and then use a brush filled with thinner to spread it around in just one are of the model.  The idea is to break up the monotone color.  I just used blue this time to kind of blue up the black paint.

Finally I have been pondering how to get a faded look for an aircraft that spent a lot of time sitting in the sun.  I used my oil filter wash by putting some streaks of white oil pint on the kit and then gradually spreading it out and removing some with a thinner soaked brush.  The idea was to streak wash the kit so it not only faded but had the effect of weather running down the sides.  The photo look like I did too much but as you will see when I finish with pastels and overcoat the effect is more subtle.

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The it was time for pastels.  Various shades of grey from a dark charcoal to a light great were applied randomly around the frame.  I also used a few shades of brown along where pilots and mechanics would walk, as well as around the lower part of the aircraft subject to ground dirt.

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Last a coat of Testors Dullcoat, which does a good job of darkening and dampening down the effects of the weathering a bit.

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And here she is waiting for the final attachment of sub assemblies.


Kinetic F-21 Completed!

Build #4 for the year is done.  I guess I’m a bit behind my two per month goal but then it’s only a hobby.  I’ll make it up with a couple of 1/72 scale kit I have in the queue.

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Learned a number of things with this one;

  • Using Blu-tack to make soft camouflage transitions
  • Color scale effects – colors are FS color lightened 10%
  • Using crappy instructions – it sometimes took me a long time to figure out how a piece went on – main landing gear was the worse

Overall a fun kit to build.  I’d like to thank my lovely bride for the kit for Christmas!  I think this is the earliest I have built one of here gifts after receiving it as opposed to popping it on the stash pile.

I had been looking to build a 1/48 scale version of this aircraft (my favorite scale).  I built a 1/72 scale model of this back in the early 90s as I got back into the hobby (maybe only had a couple of kits in the stash then!), so this was meaningful to me in that respect.  I still have that old Testors kit, here they are together.


The engineering of the main landing gear was pretty complex.  It took me a while and a few views of actual aircraft on the internet before I could figure out how the middle doors went on.

A few more shots to close out.

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And since my son is a Marine, here’s one for him.  The few, the proud, the


Kinetic F-21 on it’s legs

Decalling, subtle weathering, and overcoat be done.  I took the tape off of the windshield and put the gear on her.

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I should be able to get the gear finished and gear doors on tomorrow night.  The kits comes with some very intricate gear parts.

Finally I got the kingfisher insides ready for resin and I am starting gluing pieces together.  I had to split the lower wing and glue each half to the fuselage separately so I could start working on this without trying to add cockpit parts to a closed fuselage.


ProModeler F-84 done!

Finished number 3 for this year. I am now ahead of last years total production by 50% and have added another 50s jet to the shelves.

After spending a few years building Monogram 1/48 Century Jets his was a great kit. It went together perfectly. Well engineered, fit was spot on, detail pretty reasonable. The only problem I had was the decals cracked, not because they were old, but because they just wouldn’t come loose from the backing sheet. But once I learned to soak the bejeezus out of them… well 50+ stencils later.  I’d recommend this kit if your into 50s jets.

Grubbed this one up a bit, even though it has a metal finish I’m sure working birds in Korea weren’t very shinny.  Started with the oil wash described in a previous post and finished up with pastels.  I’m finding I like using them more each kit I build.  Then a coat of Testors Dullcoat.  A well worn workhorse.


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Check-off the first of my 50s aircraft plan.



Weathering time

Time to start weathering the Bf-109.  Not quite sure exactly what I’m going to do yet but as I always do, start with a sludge wash on burnt umber.

Make a wash of burnt umber oil paint and odorless mineral spirits, apply liberally, and after I let it sit (while I airbrushed the F-84 cockpit) wipe it away with a clean cloth in the direction of airflow.  Seems pretty simple…

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The two issues I had were the one part that never made it to future coating had the paint wiped away at the same time and I broke off one of the slats holding it by the wing.


I think next up is going to be some oil dot weathering then I need to figure out a way to “bleach” the upper surfaces since the real thing was parked in the desert sun most of the time.

Stay tuned..

P-61 painting underway


It’s been over four months since I’ve been on here.  The P-61 and Bf-109 I started in the summer took a back seat over the fall to other life things but happy to say been back in the saddle over the holidays!

Using a Lone Star Cockpit (which fits in this kit very nicely) and rescribing all those darn Monogram raised panels I am at the point where I am painting.  I gave it an overall coat of gray primer and I shoot some aluminium over various spots.  I am going to try using salt to show chipping and wear and next the model will get a coat of future, then salt where I sprayed silver, then a few spots will get chromate green, a bit more future, then some more salt, and then try my luck at a multi-hue black paint job.  Interested to see how it works since I have a number of black aircraft in my plan.  Here are a few pictures….


Next a quick update on the Bf-109.

Merry Christmas.


F-4D time to gruby her up

I can’t build a model with pristine paint job.  Ever since I read the one of the Verlinden way book I have gravitated to a burnt umber highlight and wash for almost all of the lits I build.

I have a tube of the color in oil that has lasted me countless weathering sessions.  Sometime I’ll use oil dot filters but that’s another post.

The technique is to make a wash of burnt oil and odorless  turpenoid, run it pretty thin around the aircraft, mostly along the panel lines and details, let it dry and then wipe it off with a paper towel soaked in a little more turpenoid.  You then wipe off the model of mostly ALL of the  wash and stroke it in the direction of the airflow.  Not only does this get in the cracks and highlight them but it also put think brown filer across the paint job.

You can’t really see the filter but it’s subtle enough to slightly change the surface reflectivity and make the model monotone color break up. It also makes the model look a bit more “grubbed” up, not brand spanking new.

Here are a couple of in process shots.

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