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1/48 Hasegawa F-86 Mk6 Black Tulip

Erich Hartmann

by Busolini Massimo

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This model is the F-86 Mk6 from Hasegawa in 1/48 scale, devoted to Erich Hartmann, the ace from World War Two.  The kit is as of usual very precise, and she offers the extremities wings in resin, because this version asks for the shortening of the wings.  To the kit I added the beautiful AIRES cockpit, as well as the fuselage machine guns, that I chose to show on one side.

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Once filled and sanded, I painted the entire model in matt Black, this to create a base for the aluminum.  Subsequently I applied the red matt in the engine intake and on the tail, and I painted with some aluminum slightly darkened various panels on the fuselage.  I masked all the coloured areas with Tamiya masking tape and I applied the Aluminium Metalizer from Model-Master, as after all all the colors.  After two coats of gloss clear, I applied the decals and softened them with the Mr. Mark Softer from Gunze, and again applied two coats of gloss clear.

The shine of the various fuselage panels had to be different and some panels were masked with post-it notes, and then I applied a light  dull coat.  A beautiful washing of black temper and a coat of gloss clear was applied in non homogeneous way and the job it was complete.

Busolini Massimo

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Photos and text by Busolini Massimo

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