Hobbyboss’ 1/48 IAR-80: Another Gem In The Making

After I’d sung the praises of how nice the Hobbyboss Hawk Mk. 200 kit was, it dawned on me that this IAR-80 is right up there with it in terms of being a fun, trouble free build.

I wanted a more dramatic, over-the-top paint look, and I’m pretty happy with what I’ve achieved so far. The undersides are Tamiya XF-23, with carious shading and fading. The uppers were painted XF-52 and a mix of XF61 and XF-3. What followed was a series of experiments in fading, shading, blending coats, more shading and fading, and finally a cost that is best described as a “filter”, to end up with the result shown here. It was more steps than needed to achieve the finish, truth be told. But, I did learn how to correct blunders made early on in the finishing process and pull out a half decent result…. 🙂

Some very colorful decals are the next step!


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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