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Check Out Club Meeting: April 2010 Meeting

Featured In: April 2010 Newsletter

Quick Build:
Lockheed P-3C Orion
By Jerry Stanfield
Kit Data:
Scale: 1/144
Manufacturer: Arii
Product Number: AR33001
Materials: Injection molded styrene
MSRP: $15.00
Available from: All good hobby shops

When I heard 1/144th my first thoughts were EWUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU, ANEMIC 1/72. But I did my IPMS duty and picked up the ARII P-3 Orion and popped the top, Uhmmmmmm not too bad. Then I got to work and, wow not bad at all. The fuselage, wings and horizontal stabs almost fell together. Gear wells, struts and wheels were sprayed and or brushed white. The exterior of all surfaces was rattle canned with cheap WalMart primer gray (overall grey being the current operational color). The front of the engine nacelles were painted non-standard medium blue just for variety. An interesting note here; the fuselage ports were designed (beveled) to be applied from the outside. Yeaaaaaaaaah. Why can’t everyone do this?

Now enter the decals. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! By the time it was ready for decals the surface finish of the aircraft had a soft sheen but I used Mr Mark Setter anyway. Even when applied into a puddle of setting solution, the decals were difficult to move once placed. Even the slightest movement was almost impossible. I added detergent to the water but it didn’t help that much.

The eight “rescue” signs which were less than ½ mm long were not fun, and the red fuselage circles (applied in 78 pieces as I remember) was a nightmare, but it looked pretty cool. The wing walks - I don’t want to talk about them.

I used an ultra fine point black Sharpie to separate the wheel hub from the tire rubber, then a standard point to blacken the rest of the tires. Much easier than working with paint. Finally I installed the windscreen and ports after coating the backside with a black magic marker, don’t ask me why.

Was it worth it, ABSOLUTELY!!! Bring on that B-2 Stealth Bomber!!! Thanks to the club for the build challenge.

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