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F-117 Nighthawk

by Valentin E. Bueno

 

F-117 Nighthawk

 


Hasegawa's 1/72 scale F-117 Nighthawk is available online from Squadron.com

 

Construction

 

I thought I send along some photos of my Stars and Stripes F-117.

This is the 1/72 scale Hasegawa kit that came out recently. The kit was built box stock, no additions outside of the paint scheme. You can see in the photos the crooked wing leading edge that lead me to build the folded wing F-117N.

 

 

No matter what I did, I couldn't straighten out this kink and curve. Oh well, maybe Tamiya will scale down their 1/48 scale Nighthawk.

 

 

Markings and Painting



I used the Black Magic Mask from Meteor productions to create the Stars and Stripes. I built it before Hasegawa released their own version of the same aircraft which used decals for all the color. The entire bottom of the plane was painted with Tamiya white, then the mask was applied and Gunze Red was sprayed on.

This was sealed with a two coats of Future before the blue field was applied using Gunze Blue. Two more coats of Future (I wanted it really really glossy) and I applied the star decals. The decals are very thin and I had a hard time positioning them on the model. I broke a few off and you can see this in the photos. There are blue fields where there should be stars.

 



The upper portion of the aircraft was painted in a "What-If" two tone gray scheme with decals scrounged from several F-16 and F-117 kits. I even added some kill markings from an old Hasegawa F-86 decal sheet! This is the same F-117 seen in the F-117N folded wing article sent in previously.

With Old Glory flying from every window and building here in Hawaii, I thought I ought to share one more.

 

 

Additional Images

 

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Model, Images and Article Copyright 2001 by Valentin E. Bueno
Page Created 08 November 2001
Last updated 04 June 2007

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