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1/32 Hobbyboss P-61A-11 Black Widow; 458th NFS; MiDNiTE Madness


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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

 

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Setup for Night Intruder Interdiction

I would appreciate it if anyone has an issue with this...

 

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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.

 

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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;

 

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Here is the starboard;

 

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Here is the floor;

 

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Scratchbuilt mast;

 

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Here is the Bulkhead (Had to make the aperture)

 

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So now onto the finer details which is my next step;

 

The Oxygen Regulator;

 

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Hope you like it so far...

Cheers

Steve

 

 

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Only had a couple of days off this week!

Look how I spent it...

 

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Mixture of Hobbyboss and Avionix again with my own additions.

Saw some pictures of the Warren McArthur Model 222 with a simple pivot for the locking bar and then with some sort of block attachment so as I am building a late Model A, I am going for what seems to be an upgrade.

 

You will also see that I am sticking with armrests...

 

Wife not impressed by the way, she was after a trip to Milton Keynes...

 

Pilot's Seat & Control Column test fitted...

 

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Hi Steve, that is seriously beautiful work so far, keep the posts coming!

 

I'm in exactly the same boat as you but decided to do a -B with the Relish Resin sets. I also think that the kit needs serious aftermarket investment, although HSBC might not share my thoughts!

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Steve,

 

That's a beautiful Widow you are building- so far, she's looking great! I don't know how crazy you want to get detailing the interior, undercart, and wheel bays, but in case you'd like to go postal, I have attached a link to the P-61B that the Mid Atlantic Air Museum is restoring to flight. You can look at history of the P-61, as well as hundreds of detail photos of the restoration in progress- lots of interior photos, too! I hope this will be of use, and you have picked a very nice and well-known example to model. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Mike

 

http://www.maam.org/p61.html

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