Trumpeter 1/48 JL-9- Well, Well, Well: A Tale Of Three Wheel Wells

With the cockpit finished, I completed the wheel wells, gear doors and landing gear struts for the JL-9.

I had a hard time deciding on the color. The instructions called for “light blue”, but photos showed colors ranging from a darkish to medium blue-gray. The photos were all under various lighting conditions and quality, and even with some Photoshop work to get the colors straight, I wasn’t sure what to use. Finally I saw a photo of one of the planes under construction, indoors. Playing with the colors there showed that a more medium gray, with some definite blue tones showing, looked to be about right.

So after putting some Tamiya XF-66, XF-18 and XF-2 (light gray, medium blue, and white) in a bottle and stirring it up, I settled on a color that fit TLAR standards. (That Looks About Right. 🙂 )

I used a little “Spanish style” to highlight the raised surfaces, rather than drybrushing. The various wires were “painted” with a Prismacolor silver pencil. The parts fit together like they are Legos- super precise.

The next step will be closing up the fuselage.

By Jon Bius

Jon Bius is a scale modeler, building models in a variety of genres, including Gunpla, Maschinen Krieger, Star Wars and other scifi. Through his blog and video channel, Jon shares the tools and techniques he uses to produce results than anyone can achieve - and have fun doing so!

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