Ten years ago this was one of the first F-22 Kits available. Named as "ATF YF-22A" this model (Italeri Kit No. 194) represents the first prototype. I build this model nearly straight from the box. Just the cockpit get some extra details (oxygen bottle and seat belts). The flaps were cut and glued in a new position.
I airbrushed the model with Testors Model Master colour. They are my favorite for spraying, because they have very fine grains and it´s easy to use them, even with very fine needles.
Before applying the decals I sprayed a layer of gloss cote on the F-22. I used Humbrol Decal Cote to have more control over the thick Italeri decals. After adding another clear cote (this time a matt finish) I weathered the F-22 with oil paints.
The Base were build with cut cardboard quadrats glued on a woodplate. I painted the Base with a brush and thick paint to get a rough surface. The Base is weather with pastel chalks.
David J. Sun
Photos and text © by David J. Sun