Hi there plastic
fellows! This is my rendition of the Grumman J2F 'Duck' in the colours of
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This is my first
model after a hand injury, my first biplane in almost ten years and the second
biplane in my life... and as you will see this wasn´t the ideal kit for that
This is one
of the worst kits I ever built, and I used to work with some poor limited run
kits... but this one takes the award.
One fuselage half
was almost 2 mm shorten than the other, some huge gaps to fill, all the struts
was unequal in length, etc etc..
The one the 'good'
side, the resin parts show great detail for the scale, the cockpit was nicely
detailed, but was almost impossible to fit on the fuselage, I have to sand the cockpit walls
paper-thin and the fuselage halves to close the assembly them.
I also added some
scratch built items to the model
Once the model was
ready to paint (after a number of times when I wanted to tap dance over
it) I used Alclad aluminium to archive the great metallic shine of the finished
I used nylon
monofilament to rig the model, but when I was done, I realize that I made some
mistakes, but I didn´t feel the urgency to correct that.
The model had a last
nasty surprise: the decals desintegrated almost when they touch the water (and
by the way were incorrect in shape) I saved it using some clear gloss, and the rest
came from my spares.
This was one of the
most challenging models I've built in my life, but the effort paid and I think it
looks nice next to my others models of the Armada.