Monogram's 1/48 scale
by John Forman
Consolidated Vultee B-24J Liberator
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Here is my B-24J flown by Captain John M. Formon and crew, 2nd AD, 491st BG, 852nd squadron, North Pickenham England, March 1945.
The model is Monogram's 1/48 scale B-24J with many scratch built parts.
The entire bomb bay was scratch built.
building the wing box section that runs through the bomb bay
hydraulic lines, fuel lines and control cables
bomb bay door actuating cylinders
misc electrical cables
Also scratch built were the bomb racks, catwalk and bomb bay door actuating cogs
Nose and main gear were scratch built.
Engines were modified, detailed and fully wired.
Natural Metal Finish and Markings
The natural metal finish is done using .003 soft aluminum adhesive backed foil. This foil is approx 3 times thicker than bare metal foil. This makes it a little tougher to burnish down... but it allows you to emboss rivet detail and panel fastener detail into the aluminum. This adhesive backed foil is available online from McMaster Carr.
The results proved quite convincing.
The basic steps are as follows:
surface to be foiled should be finish sanded with 600 grit (no need for a mirror finish)
apply foil to each individual panel
foil the entire aircraft
mask off select panels and polish the panels using various grits of Scotchbrite
- emboss all surface detail (rivets, fasteners etc...)
The tools I use for this process are a plastic burnishing stick, pounce wheel for rivet detail and sharp exacto blades for trimming.
I constructed a foam pad that would hold the aircraft as I added the foil panels.
Main gear, main gear wells and turbochargers were scratch built.
Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2009 by John Forman
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26 February, 2009
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