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LOCKHEED P-38 H-5 LIGHTING, 1;48 Limited Edition by Tamiya, BobW


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Yep the green is very well faded... then you also have that oily dirt staining reflecting in the sun, (traffic pattern, probably combined with some paint wear) It appears on all the aircraft in the pic... and the same oil staining along the horizontal stabilizer, (where they would push the aircraft on the ground when backing it up)

 

Looks like you are a long ways to replicating the faded green paint, but that traffic and handling pattern is going to be a bear....

 

Very nice work....

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Thanks Egilman.

 

Part 9a

 

Here are two shots I missed posting last night.

 

This shows the 'Poster Putty' used to mask a feather edge of the RAF Dark Green over the RAF Medium Gray.  Masking tape was added to give full coverage.

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The white tape is to simulate the sealing tape applied to the panel seams for sea shipment.  A water proof paper was applied to all seams of all panels to keep out the sea air while on deck of the transport.  A 'Par-Al- Ketone was painted over the tape to seal the edges of it.  The sun and weather caused the ketone to damage the paint and left a dark stain where it was used.  The wings and tail parts were not effected because they were removed and sealed in wooden crates. 

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Here is a shot of Dick Bong in a early P-38 G,  it shows the staining.

 

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More to Come,

 

BobW

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, oneslim said:

The white tape is to simulate the sealing tape applied to the panel seams for sea shipment.  A water proof paper was applied to all seams of all panels to keep out the sea air while on deck of the transport.  A 'Par-Al- Ketone was painted over the tape to seal the edges of it.  The sun and weather caused the ketone to damage the paint and left a dark stain where it was used.  The wings and tail parts were not effected because they were removed and sealed in wooden crates. 

If I remember it was a fabric tape over wax paper The Ketone would liquefy the wax which penetrated every thing and left the stains you see, it worked a lot like cosmoline once it dried, and left darkened paint especially on flat paint... They could wipe it off with gasoline, but that would damage the paint adhesion which would require a complete repaint....

 

They eventually realized that it was easier to use carriers to transport aircraft as they could be immediately used when delivered and it didn't change the time before repainting... So they ended the practice....

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Egilman,  I have no personal experience with sea shipping of aircraft.  My info came from the "Aircorps Library".  They have the manual from Lockheed dated September 1944 titled:  "Preparation of Aircraft for Overseas Shipment".  This manual only mentions a waterproof paper.  Thanks for the info on just how it worked.

 

https://aircorpslibrary.com/

 

 

Many Thanks,

 

BobW

 

 

 

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The P-82 had some roots in the P-38.   As kid, a buddy and I took 2 P-38's and started modifying them.  A neighbor set us straight so we bought 2 P-51's.  and actually had a model of the P-82.  I know where I get my kit bashing from that turned into scratch building.  LOL.......

 

P-82 article:   https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/f-82-twin-mustang-crazy-jet-fighter-you-never-heard-184389

 

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Part 10

 

I've been applying decals,  169 of them in all.  A good portion of them were so small that they measured less than 1/16th of an inch.  Every panel on this bird has a data decal.

 

Here is a little jig I made to line-up the prop markings.

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This is a overhead view.  She is still in gloss coat for the decals to set down.

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The bottom view, one can just make out the data blurbs in the small removable panels.

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Port side view.  "PUDGY" was McGuire's wife's nickname.  This is "PUDGY III',  Roman numerals were not applied until 'PUDGY IV" which was a P-38 J.

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Starboard view,  the white decal on the nose side under the windshield lists the ground crew. 

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More to Come

 

BobW

 

 

 

 

 

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Part 11

 

 

Here is the bottom after a coat of Alclad II Lacquer Klear Kote matt.  The weathering was applied before the Klear Kote.  Wheels were added along with the radio antenna.

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Starboard Bottom wheels and boarding ladder.

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Aft view of the weathering streaking back on the booms from the turbo-superchargers.  The heat quickly damaged the paint.  The effect was a freehand airbrushing of tan followed by a light dusting of buff.  Then the heavy staining was applied powders using a brush,  followed by Klear Kote.

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Port quarter view.

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Focus stack of the business end.

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Cockpit.

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Turbo-superchargers.

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Antenna mount.

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Starboard Prop.

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Starboard side.

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Port side.

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More to Come

 

BobW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks everyone for the comments and likes.

 

Matt D,  I used Bare Metal Foil on the wings, ( in a early Post ).  Then sprayed a coat of AK Chipping Fluid,  followed by the color.  After a few days i used a sharpened tooth pick to scratch off the color.

 

BobW

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