No.151 Squadron, RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire, England, February 1941.
Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray can
Base coat: Citadel “Chaos Black” spray and Tamiya XF-1 “Flat Black”.
- Rear tyre: Vallejo Panzer Aces “Dark Rubber” 306
- Rear landing gear: Citadel “Runefang Steel”
- Propeller tips: Tamiya XF-3 “Flat Yellow”
The paint was protected with a layer of Humbrol Clear gloss varnish, decals applied and then Citadel Purity Seal satin varnish sprayed on.
I didn’t weather it as such, apart from painting the exhaust with Lifecolor rust paints. I guess that it is presented as you would find in a museum.
Since posting this, I’ve noticed that I forgot the wing tip lights. Oh, well! Actually, perhaps they should have been clear parts, like the centre lights.
- Cockpit sprayed with Tamiya “Cockpit Green (IJN)” XF-71, followed by limited detail painting using Vallejo Model Color “Black” 71057.
- Following coverage with Humbrol Gloss Clear and Citadel Purity Seal, AK Interactive “Wash for Interior” (AK093) was applied.
- The high points were dry brushed with Citadel “Boltgun Metal”.
- Eduard canopy mask was applied.
- For simplicity I assembled it wheels up, as I have a number of spare stands and display space is limited.
Obviously, in retrospect, this appears to be a very odd fighter – no forward firing guns – and no match for the Me 109. The only role where it had success was as a night fighter, the sole example of which can be seen at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon (image above) .
Airfix 1/72 kit .
Apart from a certain nostalgia for 1/72 scale aircraft kits – probably my chief concern when a much younger modeller – I tend to view this type of model as a testing ground before attempting any larger scale aircraft. Actually, I think I should just dive into a 1/48 scale one next time – I find the 1/72 scale quite fiddly these days.