Sunday, 27 January 2013

Black Widow

This P-61 Black Widow was built from a Japanese pre-coloured Gashapon kit.  
As I understand it, the P-61 saw some late war service in (or rather over) the Pacific, flying long range night fighter missions.  In black it certainly makes a striking model.

11 comments:

Peter Douglas said...

Tim

Very nice (and deadly looking) model. Quite the nose art too!


Cheers

PD

Xaltotun of Python said...

Always liked the Black Widow.

Counterpane said...

I saw, heard and indeed felt one fly over at an airshow once. A stunningly powerful beastie.

Richard

Stephen Beat said...

Not a plane I know much about, but I liked the look of the picture on Airfix box for this when I was a kid. It looked a very exciting plane.

Stephen Beat said...

...Very pleased that I did look up the P-61 and it's history (because of this post). Because I discovered that one of my favourite planes - the Beaufighter - was used by the USAAF and was the night fighter that the P61 replaced (because not enough Mosquitos were available apparently). You learn something new every day!

Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
I was confident that someone would spot the nose art?

Tim Gow said...

Xaltotun of Python
I remember it from the Airfix catalogue way back when - but could never afford one!

Tim Gow said...

Counterpane
It certainly looks like a noisy thing.

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
Thanks for the reaearch - I didn't know about the US Beaufighters!

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Cor I remember seeing a kit like this as a boy and thought cool ... too cool for my modeling skills at the time .. it does look a frightening beast .. something about it makes it look so wicked

Tim Gow said...

Geordie
I checked in an old Airfix catalogue and can now reveal that their version of the P-61 was a Series 4 kit! No wonder none of us had it - who could afford such luxuries? The only S4 kit I remember having was the He111. No Dakota, F-111, Wellington etc...