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Italeri Starfighter. Luftwaffe Norm 72 scheme.


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Tired of looking at this one on the SOD. Got a hand full of paper towels, cup full of Mr. Color Leveling Thinner and sat out on the rear porch. Half hour later, i got this.

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Stuff took off the paint, clearcoat and decals quickly and with no damage anywhere. Will have to refill a couple of spots, but this is close to repaint as is. Now i have to think what i will do for decals. Really want the Norm 72 scheme, i'm pretty certain i have the needed decals, but after the trouble with silvering, may rethink this...anyway, i will restart this build.

 

Don

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It's been really busy at work, even with the stay at home orders and non essential closures. Have had very little time or energy for models, just enough energy to lurk a bit. Saturday morning, started in on the paint, and by tonight, sunday, i had all the paint down on the build. I stayed with the Norm 72 scheme, want to see it through to completion.

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The last time it looked like this was just over 2 months ago. All paints again worked great, really like the AK Real Colors and the Tamiya Lacquer Paints. Hope to clear coat it Wednesday, then decals Saturday. I was going to strip the tanks, but they look workable and i'm almost out of paint. This paint is pretty tough, but stripped easily with Mr. Color Leveling Thinner.

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No hard scrubbing or scraping, soaked a paper towel and wiped away.

 

Don

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Done with this. Lost more than a few parts when i put it away, been cleaning up, have a bad feeling i went too far. Still haven't found the exhaust can...final assembly i couldn't get one wing tank to stayed glued, first time the tank/pylon fell over, dried that way. I "gently removed it", reglued it, knocked it off... get the picture? Nothing to do with the kit itself, fourth Italeri Zip i built, so nothing new, just the builder(me) made "some" mistakes. Anyway, some pics.

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Don

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Nice Zipper and a great paint job after all the trouble you had.

 

I'm curious about the day glow orange on the underwing tanks. I've never seen that on the real deal and so far haven't seen any photographs either. Can someone point me to a reference pic?

 

Rainer

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Thanks for the encouragement, guys. You all are right, there is always that one kit that goes sideways. Glad i went back to this one, for the longest time(decades!!) I've wanted a Luftwaffe Zip in this scheme. Tried the Hasegawa and Revell kits, but inexperience and lack of decals stopped me. The Italeri kit for me is a better base than the other two kits, this is the fourth Italeri Zip i've finished, all schemes i've wanted for a long time. The orange underwing tanks is indeed a rare sight, Rainer. IIRC on 916(?), i did find maybe four pics of the tanks painted this way. Give me some time, i'll find them.  Don't think i saved them so i'll be a while.

 

Don

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Well, i did save some of the pics!!

http://www.916-starfighter.de/Large/2393.htm

http://www.916-starfighter.de/Large/2601.htm

http://www.916-starfighter.de/Large/2382.htm

http://www.916-starfighter.de/Large/2110.htm

 

There is one pic with tip tanks fully painted orange, though this is a Zip with the towed target, maybe they wanted the tow plane as bright as possible?

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