1/32 Lockheed F5B converted from P-38J
by Pascal Huguet

To have a PRU Blue, I've added 10% of Matt 25, with a few drops of Matt 33 & 106 in a Matt 89 pot after a good mix, it gives the color I needed. The color seems too light when I look at in the pot, but after the coats dries, the Blue get darker.

I used Humbrol enamel for the entire painting of this model. I've lightened exterior blue with white and black to represent the different degrees of weathering. The engraving of structures panels were accentuated with dark PRU Blue.

Then I use a 2/0 brush to apply a 50/50 Black and chocolate brown on every structures engravings, this juice must be 90% diluted with white-spirit. The super-charger exhaust area receive some coats of black/Brown.

The French insignia are painted with paper stencils, the booms insignias were difficult to achieve because of radiators and wings weathering.

Wings insignias were easier to make, you must be careful when removing the stencils, so that the blue won't come with the sellotape.

The spinner pans are resin parts and were added after the overall painting.

The radios and cables and tubing is added before the canopy glass’s gluing.

The French flag and the Serial N° are hand-painted.

For the "NO STEP" and fuel markings, I used a "Rötring" Isograph with "0.20" lead filled White China ink.

You can see the radios and navigation light which is made with clear styrene.

The super-chargers are painted with a Black33, Silver11 and 113 Brown mix (equal doses).

The cockpit is finished (the steering controls and the seat are installed at last.

The model weathering is finished and only the gear-bay hatches, propellers blades (which I'm trying to realize with lead) are missing.

The upper canopy is also in construction

© Pascal Huguet

Back to "In the Works"

Back to Main