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Back to the 1/48 Kitty Hawk F-35B

It's been a long time sinve I posted anything and feeling a little bad about it. I came back from the IPMS Nationals in Arizona with a second place finish for my Horton H0-229, I had to get cracking on an ill-fated model for our local show and contest here in Portland last weekend, and I got a little burned out and took a short break, but now I'm back and decided to get back to work on the F-35.

I also worked on the engine this weekend and pretty much finished it and I started on fittling the rest of the propulsion system into the fuselage.

I bought a resin upgrade kit made by Kasl for the intakes and lift fan sections. I used the bifurcated one-piece intakes because the kit pieces were a bit fiddly and had too many (and impossible to reach) seams. Luckily, the Kasl kit came with a nicely cast lift fan shaft because the injection molded Kitty Hawk one was only partially molded making it impossible to use. I had to make a .040" spacer for the resin intakes as they were a little short.

The intake was super glued to the spacer and this, in turn, was cemented onto the vertical intake.

I also painted the insides of the top parts of the fuselage that will be opened in the completed model.

While all this was drying, curing and whatever else parts do, I started on the cockpit. This area seems to be very sparsely detailed. What detail is there, is pretty good. I assembled the seat which consisted of several warped parts and photo etch belts and top, and it turned out to be a nice little representation of the real thing. Before I added the PE belts, I took an old brush that I had shortened the bristles on and stippled a little Mr Surfacer 500 on the seat cushions to give them a little more diminsion. After that dried, I attached the seatbelts and then sprayed Mission Models primer and Dirty Black for Tires for color. The more I use MM paints, the more I like them. They go on beautifully and have nice coverage. They also seem very durable making them well suited to extreme weathering techniques.


Seat painted with Mission Models paint.

I'm going to airbrush some highlights and shadows on the cushions to give them a bit more depth. Right now it looks like sculpted coal.


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