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Boeing F3B-1 Command Aircraft by LUKGRAPH - WIP

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Boeing F3B-1 Command Aircraft by LUKGRAPH bought at 2019. Moson model show , at LUKGRAPH stand ,  waited till  Jan.2020 to  start work on it ,

 

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Overall, nicely enginered , well casted and finely detailed , one of easiest to build resin kits i work on, and i build it a lot , to mention just few labels , Preiser, MDC/RB, HPH, Legato, Fisher, Omega, Planet, NKR, Montex ...

Not counting my own, Aeropoxy range kits... (they are out of contention) :-( 

 

Starting by the book, nice illustrated 16 pages A4 instruction. Cleaning and assembling, 

 

Cockpit, 

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Fuselage, 

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Engine, 

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Subassemblies, 

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Priming with Mr Surfacer, 

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Wings, tail, struts, with copper wire made anchors for bracing , drilled and glued,

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and painting, 

 

Silver, 

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Yellow, Revell 310 

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Gray, Humbrol 175 (now discontinued , use any Hellgrau 76)

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Blue, Revell 350

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Windscreen, 0.1mm thin clear acetate foil, cuted using provided template and glued to the etched frame with MrColor gloss lacquer.

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Decalling , over Humbrol Clear gloss varnished surfaces , 

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Somehow, i do not take pics of rigging process, (which take whole sunday afternoon)  but this is done in usual way, using 0,2mm fishing line, and microtubing as a turnbuckles, drops of superglue and later spanned with hot screwdriver tip.

 

After decalling, started with final lacquer coats to gain high gloss finish, using recomended MrCollor GX100 ... what a disaster...

Dark blue instantly became light gray and dust white...,

 

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Almost a month of work  , instead of RFI topic, was candidate for  RFTB , Ready for trash bin...

 

But, after overnight  drying, old, trusty Revell 01 gloss and Humbrol Clear brings salvation. Almost all the traces of dust removed , just few spots  i must to overspray with Revell 350.

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After a subtle wash and weathering, Boeing Command Aircraft was ready for inspection, here:

 

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Well,  at the end,  must explain, why not follow the LUKGRAPH painting and decalling instructions , and chose yellow top wing scheme.

First, its more colorful , and to me, represents 1930's Naval aviation "standard".

So, i do little research and found , that 7738 , from CV-2, USS Lexington, 1931/32, have few paint scheme incarnations , after some overhauls, and in part of its service life, have yellow topsides, clearly shown  at this photo, where wing topside is darker than silver undersides.

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7738 photos found  at Papermodels forum, explaining source of these pics.

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Also , was puzzled with paint description given by Lukgraph, Admiral blue ; Silver and Light Gray ,  generic, but not enough for me.

Found this Esoteric 1/72 scale vacuform Boeing F3B-1 kit instructions, and Colorslide decals , where exact FS is given and  paints stated as:

Orange Yellow FS 13538 ANA 506

Gray FS 16473 ANA 512

Strata Blue FS 15045

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Using color conversion charts, closest paints i have in my stock are Revell 310 Lufthansa Yellow, Revell 350 Lufthansa Blue and Humbrol 175. With some  scale effect blending , hope this is real representation of Boeing F3B-1 from  USS Lexington.

 

 

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