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  1. Finally managed to take photos for the gallery, I know photos taken quickly but you can see something on them. I invite you to view the gallery of the Northrop P-61 A "Black Widow" model. - "Lady Gen", Florennes, Belgium, december 1944.
  2. After my long absence I'm back with another workshop thread, this time I have a Northrop P-61A "Black Widow" from GWH and in 1:48 scale. The model straight out of the box I think, because I don't plan any additions to it. Unless something goes wrong. The model is familiar so I won't be taking photos of all the frames and will limit myself to just these photos. There are two camouflage paints, an all black Burma aircraft and a European theatre of operations grey/olive with invasion stripes and this is what I will be building. So much for the introduction.
  3. I'm looking at the old Monogram P-61 and as a product of its age the wheels aren't that well detailed. But I'm thinking they look a lot like the wheels on the A-26 Invader. Did aircraft manufacturers manufacture their own wheels or were these an "off the shelf" item they selected to suit the calculated loads etc? I have a spare set of wheels from an A-26 and thinking they'd be a big improvement over the P-61 wheels.
  4. Forget the venerable Monogram/Revell. Great Wall has announced the landing of its new 1/48th kit, a Northrop P-61A Black Widow. http://hyperscale.com/2011/reviews/kits/gr...previewbg_1.htm V.P.
  5. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Dragon P-61A, "Double Trouble" of 422nd NFS, built with Eduard photo etch, True Details wheels and Eagle Cals decals. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna!
  6. Hey All, I'm one of the victims of the ATT DNS denials in the US, so I'm trying to get caught up from a work-trip hotel room. I've been trying a new technique on each kit. The technique I tried on this kit was painting/finishing major subassemblies prior to final assembly. The wings/booms, center fuselage and center tailplane were all built, painted and weathered separately. The final assembly with very little weathering/finishing after. I found it easier to paint and weather some of the compound curves. But gluing the final sub assemblies was a bit nerve racking. Thanks for looking!
  7. HobbyBoss is to release in 2016-2017 1/72nd Northrop P-61 Black Widow kits. - ref. 87261 - Northrop P-61A Black Widow - ref. 87262 - Northrop P-61B Black Widow - ref. 87263 - Northrop P-61C Black Widow Source: http://scalemodels.ru/modules/news/img_9588_1449141963_13.jpg.html V.P.
  8. Hello One and All! Now, I will have to admit that I have been in the modelling 'wilderness' for some time; Starting something, getting bored with that something, something else winking at me and starting that... Difficult cycle to break plus work has been totally full on for over a year... Then, a few weeks ago, something clicked and this was the Hobbyboss 1/32 P-61 Black Widow. If you have to go to the the IMF for a loan to buy this kit, might as well increase the National Debt so, I am throwing everything at this one; Eduard Big Ed Set 2 Off HPH Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp Engines Avionix Cockpit & Radar Sets B-25 Brassin Wheels for the HK Kit Grey Matter Figures Antena Set Profimodeller Barrels & Antena Sets HGW Seatbelts Montex Mask Eduard Brassin 500kg Bombs MK.1 Design 5 inch HVAR Rockets (2 Sets) Bespoke Photo Etch,designed by my good self 3D Printed Oxygen Bottles, drawn up by me.... (Crash Course) Now the subject; I knew very little about the P-61, even after I bought it. Those of you who have researched or read about the kit knows that the model is an A Model. That narrows it down a bit.... After buying the Combat Aircraft 8 P-61 BLack Widow Units of World War 2 (another IMF Loan) I decided on; P-61A-11 42-5610 MiDNiTE Madness 548th Night Fighter Squadron Le Shima Setup for Night Intruder Interdiction I would appreciate it if anyone has an issue with this... I have also invested in the Zotz Decals for this which is on a slowboat from China, been waiting 4 weeks now! So, to the kit! It is a thing of beauty indeed. It is also an excuse for me to increase the size of my display cabinet! The first thing that becomes apparent is how sparse the cockpit is. I tried testfitting the Avionix Set but I have an issue with that too; it's astonishingly and a thing of beauty also detailed but too busy for me. I like to wire up myself and I would spend weeks free painting so I have scratch built the cockpit sides and floor myself using the kit parts and using the Avionix as a donor for bits when required; Sacrilege! Here is the portside ready for painting; Here is the starboard; Here is the floor; Scratchbuilt mast; Here is the Bulkhead (Had to make the aperture) So now onto the finer details which is my next step; The Oxygen Regulator; Hope you like it so far... Cheers Steve
  9. A couple I recently finished... If I can only find the wing light covers for the PBJ the that I put somewhere so I would not lose them. Go figure...😂
  10. HobbyBoss is to release 1/48th Northrop P-61B and P-61C Black Widow kits - ref. 81731 & 81732 Source: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2804569608 Also a P-61A kit with ref. 81730 (see herebelow http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234953217-148-northrop-p-61abc-black-widow-by-hobbyboss-p-61a-release-august-september-2014/?p=1629421) What's the interest after the Great Wall Hobby recent 1/48th Black Widow kits? OK there's no GWH P-61C. Door open to a F-15 Reporter... V.P.
  11. Hello all, It's been about a year since I last posted an RFI, as I have been chipping away at Hobby Boss' magnificent P-61 Black Widow, augmented by... * Avionix resin cockpit and gunner's station set, and radar operator's compartment * Eduard photo-etch interior and exterior * Radu Brinzan seat belts * Miracle Mask custom serials, and stars and bars So, having done all that, what was it like? The cockpit was a real trial, trying to combine the best elements of each of the resin, photoetch and OOB features, as they all have their strong and weak points. Strongest point for me turned out to be the opportunity to make errors... cock it up with resin and it's OK because you can fall back to photoetch. And if you haven't sanded away the plastic, you might yet be able to revert to OOB. Go on, ask me how how I came to this conclusion? It was hard work getting the fuselage to close up with the resin onboard, in the end I had to install a shim of plasticard and fair it in, but having the gun access and undercarriage doors open means you can't tell it is ever so slightly podgy. After humming and hawing awhile, I decided *not* to go for broke and weather it heavily. Instead, I just relied on the effect you get when brushing Klear over extremely matt Tamiya NATO black paint to give it a semi used look. I didmake liberal use of Citadel washes around the interior bays and the engine, though. So, on with the show. 3 overviews... A couple of views into the cockpit. The 'H' shaped radar aerials on each side had the original plastic mouldings replaced with straightened out rioja-bottle wire - it's the gift that just keeps on giving! Drilling holes through the two 0.5mm diameter horizontal arms gave my pin vice and me a slight work-out, I don't usually get that precise! The radar operator's position. Sadly, not much to see for quite a lot of mucking about with very fine tipped brushes and washes, but (all together now) "I know it's in there..." The eagle eyed might have spotted the nose cone isn't a great fit. That's because I thought I would have a go at making up some *entirely ficticious* wiring around the dish, courtesy of more rioja wire, then leave the nose detachable. Same bottle? Who can tell... It took *a lot* of grinding with the Dremel to thin down the interior of the nose cone to allow it to fit, and even now, if you look at it sideways it drops off without a moment's hesitation. I also dressed up the undercarriage with a bit of fuse wire. I originally started with the Eduard PE, but didn't like the two-dimensional effect it gave so replaced it with fuse wire (Rioja wire just doesn't seem to have the strength to carry brake fluid!) One of the engines (they can both be exposed), showing further liberal application of Rioja wire. Yes, I know Hobby Boss neglected to supply exhaust stacks but I couldn't work out how I would plumb them in so did the sensible thing and turned a blind eye! Hobby Boss leave large voids in the leading edges where I suspect lights are supposed to go, so I plugged them. Also, for the first time ever, I acquired some Micro Mesh which allowed me to boldly sand the transparencies flush, and then restore clarity through polishing. Result! Phwoar! Waddaya think of them guns, then? And here she is, parked up with the Luftwaffe's contemporary solution to the same problem. Hope you like... Mike
  12. Hi folks, You all know the beautiful Monogram kit built by Mr Shepherd Paine back in the days. Off course that one sets the standard and is a true beauty, inspiring me to make my own P-61A Black Widow fitted into a small Pasific Vignette. The idea is an engine overhaul after bad weather sand blasting the plane leaving a lot of chipped paint. I used the GWH kit L4802, a kit that has been debated with accuracy issues. Nevertheless it was a great kit with an over all very good fit. I really enjoyed buildning her even I if do find the trend with fitting the landing gears before closing the fuselage(es) very annoying. I added Eduards interior, wheels and engine. The fixed turret and the controls are from Lone Star. Painted with Gunze and Ammo paints using various Ammo products for weathering and chipping (hairspray technique, my very first try). There are some scratch built items such as the crane, the prop gear and the table. The prop blades are from True Details and decals from Zots. The truck is a Tamiya 2,5 ton 6x6 with Aber PE and an Vector engine fitted to the flat bed. The jeep is Hasegawa with leftovers from the Aber PE. The figures are mostly Aires from their new range. Various ground equipment from Brengun and Tamiya is spread around. Thanks for looking /Fred
  13. Northrop P-61 Black Widow Squadron Publications In Action The Northrop P-61 Black Widow, named for the American spider, was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of opposing aircraft, and was the first aircraft specifically designed to use radar. It was an all-metal, twin-engine, twin-boom design developed during World War II. The first test flight was made on 26 May 1942, with the first production aircraft rolling off the assembly line in October 1943. The last aircraft was retired from government service in 1954. Although not produced in the large numbers of its contemporaries, the Black Widow was effectively operated as a night-fighter by United States Army Air Forces squadrons in the European Theatre, the Pacific Theatre, the China Burma India Theater and the Mediterranean Theatre during World War II. It replaced earlier British designed night-fighter aircraft that had been updated to incorporate radar when it became available. After the war, the P-61 served in the United States Air Force as a long-range, all weather, day/night interceptor for Air Defence Command until 1948, and Fifth Air Force until 1950. On the night of 14 August 1945, a P-61B of the 548th Night Fight Squadron named "Lady in the Dark" was unofficially credited with the last Allied air victory before VJ Day. The P-61 was also modified to create the F-15 Reporter photo-reconnaissance aircraft for the United States Air Force. This book is published in Squadron Publications standard landscape format this book is filled with excellent photographs and information that will invaluable to the modeller. After a short introduction explaining the development of nightfighter aircraft along with a couple of shots of the P-70 Havocs and Beaufighters used by the USAAF the book concentrates on the P-61. Starting with the development of the type in the form of the XP-61 the photo narrative takes the reader through the modifications, equipment, weaponry and crew stations in a series of really useful photographs. Each photograph is nicely annotated giving the aircraft type, number and location. Along with the superb black and white photos there are a fair few in full colour which really show well how the aircraft soon became very weathered and tired looking, there3 are several colour profiles and line drawings showing the differences between the main marks. The book then moves on to the in service photos of the aircraft, both in Europe and the Pacific. Starting with the P-61A, and then showing how the aircraft were given an 8” extension to the nose to house the improved radar that brought about the redesignation to P-61B. Near the end of the war the P-61C began production and introduced the turbo-supercharged engines, but none of the 41 aircraft made it to the front line. The last section of the book deals with the XP-61E long range fighter project and XF-15 photo reconnaissance aircraft. Conclusion This is a superb book on a very charismatic aircraft. It will be a boon to any modeller building one of the super new kits that have been released in the last few years. The details shown in the photographs will also delight the super-detailers so they that can go to town on their models. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Northrop P-61A/B Etch Eduard 1:32 The P-61 Black Widow is a great looking aircraft and it was with great excitement that HobbyBoss announced the release of one in 1:32 scale. Now a few months since the release Eduard have started to release etched sets designed to enhance the already nice detail of the kit. This is the first such set to reach BM Towers. Engine Set (32341) Contained in Eduards usual packaging this two sheet set, comprises of two medium sized frets of relief etched brass one slightly larger than the other. This larger sheet contains the short wiring looms for the front bank of cylinders and the cowl flaps for the rear of the engine cowling. Now while the fitting of the looms is pretty straight forward, particularly in light of the size the engines are in this scale, the cowl flaps do not look like an easy build. Once the inner cowl flaps faces have been folded into shape the whole ring will need to be gentle bent into shape, until it forms a circle and the ends can be glued or soldered together. The lower ring forms the mating surface which is glued inside the rear of the kits engine cowling. There are another set of flaps which are then glued on the inside of the flap ring. The smaller sheet contains the longer wiring looms which are threaded through holes drilled in the kits engine mounting ring to the rear bank of cylinders. The looms are connected to the wiring harness ring attached to the rear of the crankcase cover. There are also a set of tabs that attach between the engine mounting ring and each cylinder head. Conclusion This is quite a complex set and will need some careful work, particularly with getting the cowl flap rings bent properly to shape and you may need some specialist tools to achieve the effect. The detailed wiring harnesses will really look the part when painted up and fitted as this scale really lends itself to this sort detailing. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. I welcome all on this site! Seriously I began to get involved in modeling since 2009 and during that time have built about 80 models in the 48th and 72nd scale. The most interesting and high-quality (in my opinion), I want to show you. I hope it will be interesting. The first thing I want to show you a model P-61 in 48th scale from Monogram. After all - P-61 is my favorite plane, and this model - one of the most difficult that I've gathered. The model was built with the use of set of motors and propellers hoods and trunks from Vector, gun barrels from Quickboost and wheels from True details. It was also rescribed and hatches of foil were added. Decal were shared by one of my Russian colleagues. Model assembly required some effort, in part because the model was produced in the seventies, in part because of the design of the aircraft itself. For balance I had to add as much as 250 grams of lead. For painting I used acrylics from Akan, made the color modulation and preshading, soot was made by airbrush. P-61a «MoonHappy» (Pacific, island of Saipan, 7th AF, Fall 1944 )served as the prototype for painting. The first sortie Black Widow in the Pacific theater of operations took place June 24, 1944 with the Isley Field. June 30, the crew of the P-61A in the pilot 2nd Lt. Dale Haberman and radar operators Flight Officer Raymond Mooney detected on the radar screen of P-61A "Moonhappy" two aircraft. Mooney took about half an hour to determine the cost to hit a target position. The purpose was identified as Air Force bomber Japan Mitsubishi G4M Betty, accompanied by one fighter Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Haberman first approach has made hits in the left engine Betty. Betty later fell into the sea and exploded near Saipan. Escort fighter detect P-61A could not. Of course the model is far from perfect, and now I'm building another model from Monogram, this time modification «B». And wait for a new model of the Great Wall, which comes from China. I hope you enjoy the work.
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