AZmodel Vought OS2U Kingfisher Build in 1/72 Scale Part II

The paintjob always begins with a surface primer and check for seems and other flaws. Any panel lines which have been sanded away and not properly restored can also be fixed at this point.
My particular Kingfisher carried an unusual set of markings, which were also quite faded so normal decals would not be accurate. I sent away for a custom-sized set of painting masks from Maketar which is my go-to product for painting insignia (Maketar here: The masked lines on the tail surfaces are for the Aleutian theater markings which were white stripes.
Photographs show the Insignia Blue was faded so a lighter mix of blue was sprayed on. In between each color, the seams of the masks were filled with Micro Mask to prevent any bleed through.
The camouflage was also faded and worn, in some areas the Blue Gray was worn away revealing the overall Light Gray finish underneath. I simulated this with a combination of tonal variations using the airbrush and sponge chipping until I was happy with the effect.
Many aircraft in the Aleutian Theater carried non-standard insignia, and this Kingfisher was a prime example. Early in the war the size of the national insignia was increased to reduce friendly-fire incidents. Subsequent directives added the bars and red surround, but on this Kingfisher the enlarged stars left insufficient room for the normal proportions so the size of the bars is smaller than specification. In addition, the insignia on the starboard upper and port lower wings should have been removed, but this was not done on this aircraft.
Here the panel lines have been given a wash and the major components are ready for assembly.
The finished model after a flat coat. I liked this subject for the weathered finish and unusual insignia. The kit needs a little TLC but builds up into a decent Kingfisher. If I build this kit again I will use a vacuform canopy set and side-step the problems I had with the kit parts. Overall though, I have always had a fondness for the Kingfisher and am glad to finally have one in my display case.

More finished pictures here:

13 thoughts on “AZmodel Vought OS2U Kingfisher Build in 1/72 Scale Part II

  1. Absolutely awesome Jeff. This Kingfisher sure does have a unique and quite interesting color scheme, that’s for sure. You’ve done a great job at replicating a very interesting a/c. I too have a love for these after getting the old Monogram kit for my birthday when I was nine years old.

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  2. Reading Dixieflyer’s comment it appears I’m not the only one who built a Kingfisher kit as a kid! In my case it was the Airfix 1:72 model! But, I digress, Jeff, your model looks very nice indeed and is quite a bit different! 🙂

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  3. I love finding interesting aircraft schemes, and this one is one I have not seen before! No disrespect to the hard work you’ve put into this kit, but those emblems look like a decal mis-print, something about the size and red outlining just doesn’t look right!

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