Detailing the 1/48 Lindberg Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny"

by Claudio Kalicinski 2008 Modeler Site

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The machine I decided to depict was a Curtiss JN-4D trainer based at Love Field, Texas during 1918. A picture of this plane can be found at the Profile Publications book about the Curtiss JN.


Despite its age, from 1958, this is a really nice kit. The different surfaces are, in general, well represented, though the wing ribs are a little oversized. The kit is accurate when compared with the excellent plans by Joseph Nieto and match the real thing quite well.

The Lindberg kit is a good starting point but it lacks of many details and at the same time other parts that need to be replaced; for instance with regard to the interiors and the engine, radiator and landing gear poor details.




As usual, I started with the interior, but in this case, I had to start from scratch. The first I did, was to thin the fuselage sides so, they were sanded up to getting the appropriate thickness to match the varnished canvas sides of the real thing, and at the same time, I removed the injection marks and other structures which would be in the way and of no use during the detailing process.



Next, the holes for the footstep and fuselage control wires were drilled using a 0,75mm drill.

Then, I used plasticard rods to simulate the wood interior structure to apply a Model Master coat of Sand ANA 616 for the canvas areas and Olive Drab for the metal parts. Once the paint was well dried, I masked to paint the interior wood structure and other struts which go placed over the structure, so they were painted separately.


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