Finished work on Nanette for the weekend.

I’m out of time for this weekend and, although she doesn’t look so very different in the photograph, much has been accomplished on Nanette.

All the decals are on. Both wings and her underside have had some weathering and washes applied now and a matt coat sprayed over to seal it. That includes her smile. In the book, Edwards Park describes how he ran over a pool of tar or similar and it stained the underside of Nanette’s nose for the rest of her days – I had tried to reproduce that.

Next weekend, I’ll be working on washing and weathering the fuselage.

Both wings decalled, washed, weathered and matt coated.

Both wings decalled, washed, weathered and matt coated.

Can you see her smile, near the tip of her nose?

Can you see her smile, near the tip of her nose?

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DecalFix problem solved…

… more or less.

I had a problem where I didn’t get all the DecalFix residue off.

In the picture below, the port wing (one with the star on) has been weathered and washed, then matt coated. The other wing has not. The difference is, I think, clear to see. It does mean the finish on this kit is not all that it could be but, lesson learned.

16. Port wing fixed

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Yikes! “Nanette” has been photographed!

I am building Revell’s 1/32 P-39 Airacobra as “Nanette” – as flown by Edwards Park, author of the book of the same name and “Angels 20” (which I finally managed to get a copy of recently).

He describes her as “… grey, green, brown”, number 74 on nose and tail and yellow (which rapidly faded to buff in the bright sunlight) prop hub and tail tip. So I have been able to used artistic license in the paint job.

But, woe is me, I have today found a photograph of Nanette.

The P-39 on the far right of the shot.

The P-39 on the far right of the shot.

That helps a lot, don’t you think?

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Nanette’s Decals Are Done – Weathering Next Weekend.

It has taken me all of my workbench time this weekend to get Nanette’s decals on – there are so many of them. Who’d have thunk it of a WWII aircraft? I thought it was a relatively modern thing to have half of the engineering and servicing manual printed onto the ‘plane.

I didn’t manage to clean off all of the DecalFix before it dried, and you can see the residue. I’m kinda hoping the matt coat and weathering will hide it. Any thoughts?

14. Decals done top 15. Decals done bottom

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More Decals.

Once again I can only get back to my workbench at the weekend.

So far today, I have spent 3 hours getting Nanette’s decals on. Topside is done, now I onto her underside. I took this just after putting the star on. The flash highlighted an excess of DecalFix – now dealt with. I shall probably finish the decals tomorrow, then start weathering next weekend.

13. More decals

My wife was ever so good about the smell of ammonia from the DecalFix – fortunately, we weren’t in the same room.  🙂

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Nanette progress.

I didn’t get much time at my workbench this weekend, sadly. I did some touching-up on the paintwork (with more to come), and have begun putting the decals on, prior to the heavy weathering to come. The shiny stuff is the DecalFix still drying and will anyway disappear under the weathering to come.

She feels more like Nanette to me now that she has her number on.

Nanette

Nanette

I return to the kit from hell.

Hello fellow model-makers – and anybody else wandering by. It’s been a busy week and I have only just got back to my workbench to:-

That moment when…

You realize that the camo pattern images you’re working from are from are from two different aircraft!

FFS and other VeryBadWords.

I will take some artistic license. This is the Revell 1/32 P-39, but I am painting it as ‘Nanette’, the one flow by Edwards Park. He wrote Nanette and Angels Twenty (which I just got a copy of after years of searching). No photographs exits of Nanette. Park describes her as a “breathtakingly beautiful, grey/green/brown…”. I have sourced decals for the number 74 – Nanette’s number, but am winging it on the camo pattern, as photography of other P-39s in this scheme show a lot of variation. This seems especially true of P-39s that had been out in New Guinea for any length of time.

Nanette

Nanette

Finished for the Weekend.

I’ve done as much as I have time for this weekend. As you can see, the grey is on the belly, together with a panel line wash. Also, the first coat of olive drab is on the upper side.

I am not building this as supplied by Revell, but rather as ‘Nanette’, the mount of the famous author (‘Nanette’ and ‘Angels Twenty’) Edwards Park. No photographs seem to exist of ‘Nanette’, although Park describes her as “… grey, green and brown”, in his books. Unfortunately, the brown used seems to range from a reddish-brown (similar to NATO Brown), down to almost buff on the P-39s that wore the scheme. Whether this is due to weathering, or different paints being used (or even a bit of both), I do not know and have been unable to find out. My current intention is to use a thinned NATO Brown for that part of the scheme.

I have sourced the decals that will let me put the number 74 on the nose and tail of the kit – that was Nanette’s number. I also need to replicate a tar stain under the nose that Park says she wore until she was destroyed in an air raid. This was apparently caused by him running through a puddle of the stuff while taxiing.

First thinned coat on.

First thinned coat on.

UnderWeather

Panel line wash on – thinned Tamiya ‘Smoke’ X-19.

Now I can get on!

My current build, the 1/32 P-39, needs approximately 18,000 tones of weight to stop it being a tail-sitter (my wife has told me a million times not to exaggerate). I realised last weekend that there was no way the plastic undercarriage would take all that weight – it would snap. Fortunately, SAC make a white-metal replacement which is much sturdier, and more detailed. It came today, just in time for my weekend of modelling.

That's more like it!

That’s more like it!

Any modelling plans for the weekend?