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Superjew1
06-25-2009, 03:42 PM
My grandpa is gettin up there, hes 90 and the last living wwii soldier in our family, (the other one passed away in 2004 where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge) Now granted they weren't airmen, but I thought what better way to show my appreciation for his service to our country than to build a model of his favorite plane for him, so I went to a hobby store and spent $120 on a model, airbrush, tools and glue and I havent even gotten to paint yet.

RIght now the WWII Plane bug has bitten me as Ive been spending enormous amounts on getting this flight sim working and plane on going to airventure 2009 to see more WWII birds as well as others.

Any recommendations on which p38 paint scheme I should go with for the model? He was an early war vet so Ill probably go with a pre 1944 model but am not sure.

Superjew1
06-25-2009, 03:42 PM
My grandpa is gettin up there, hes 90 and the last living wwii soldier in our family, (the other one passed away in 2004 where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge) Now granted they weren't airmen, but I thought what better way to show my appreciation for his service to our country than to build a model of his favorite plane for him, so I went to a hobby store and spent $120 on a model, airbrush, tools and glue and I havent even gotten to paint yet.

RIght now the WWII Plane bug has bitten me as Ive been spending enormous amounts on getting this flight sim working and plane on going to airventure 2009 to see more WWII birds as well as others.

Any recommendations on which p38 paint scheme I should go with for the model? He was an early war vet so Ill probably go with a pre 1944 model but am not sure.

Gibbage1
06-25-2009, 04:12 PM
There are many good books out there with lots of scheme's. It all depends on what model P-38 you got. If its an L, then its an aluminum build. No P-38L's were built painted. Early model J's had the dial tone color of green upper, and grey lower, and all earlier aircraft had the dual tone paint job.

What you should first do is look up a good 3rd party decal set. A lot of company's make them, that that will dictate what scheme you want, but realistically, there is only 2. Dual tone green/grey and bare Alu.

http://www.xfig.org/xfigcarlo/P-38J-20FG.gif

RAF_OldBuzzard
06-25-2009, 10:25 PM
The 459TH in the CBI had an 'intersting' paint scheme for their P-38's:


http://public.fotki.com/Kos/me...th_miss_v_model.html (http://public.fotki.com/Kos/members_photo_galle/hangar_happenins_--3/hanagr_happenins_-/459th_miss_v_model.html)


http://public.fotki.com/Kos/me...h_model_haleaka.html (http://public.fotki.com/Kos/members_photo_galle/hangar_happenins_--3/hanagr_happenins_-/459th_model_haleaka.html)

I'm not so sure that they have the right shade of green on these pics though.

Edit:
CzechTexan has a thread here with screen shots of the "Haleakala":
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...0910533/m/7561043747 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/50910533/m/7561043747)

Superjew1
06-26-2009, 11:43 AM
Ive got 2 paint schemes I wouldnt mind trying. I always have been a fan of DDay stripes, but Im gonna do either these two. Not sure which I like more

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c360/sirscrotum/images-3.jpg

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c360/sirscrotum/12405.jpg

JtD
06-26-2009, 11:48 AM
I'd recommend the brown one, probably easier to do for a good effect.

Superjew1
06-26-2009, 12:34 PM
I think thats olive green not brown.

Daiichidoku
06-26-2009, 01:07 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/Daiichidoku/661.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/Daiichidoku/FP17_LOCKHEED_P-38_LIGHTNING_YIPPEE.jpg

you can even find decals for this specific one-off paint scheme
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/Daiichidoku/img39.jpg

Woke_Up_Dead
06-26-2009, 02:24 PM
If you don't have experience with painting and airbrushes, remember that light colours and flat paint finishes are more forgiving. Dark, shiny paints are more likely to reveal all the blemishes under the paint like bad sanding jobs, uneven gluing, etc. So I would stay away from that shiny, red paint-scheme in the post above for example.

Superjew1
06-26-2009, 05:29 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">ark, shiny paints are more likely to reveal all the blemishes under the paint like bad sanding jobs, uneven gluing, etc. So I would stay away from that shiny, red paint-scheme in the post above for example. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I should probably join a model plane forum or something, but thanks for the tip. Ive done 2 crappy paint brushed models in the past, but this time I got the income to get an airbrush and see if I can do a quality job this time around.

WIth that tip said, Im leaning towards a green/grey exterior, yellow engine covers and DDay stripes. Oh you think I should go with satin black or flat black for the dday stripes?

Choctaw111
06-26-2009, 10:33 PM
Good luck with your model. I would certainly hope that you would post photos of it when you are finished.

WTE_Galway
06-27-2009, 12:32 AM
There are a lot of interesting little tricks for metal planes like the p38 such as painting near the panel lines a slightly darker shade than the center of panels. Just troll around the modeling forums.

erco415
06-27-2009, 07:28 AM
We have a modeling thread right here at the zoo. Look for it in off topic- Who here builds model planes, we're up to part three.

If you're new with that airbrush, I'd suggest shooting flat paint until you get the hang of it. What kind of brush did you get?

SILVERFISH1992
06-27-2009, 07:32 AM
Who here does model planes part 3 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2601013236/m/7221064657)