Thunderbolts and lightnings

Continuing the aim of painting up some more aircraft, I have now finished a few more for the Pacific period. Below, you can see the P-38 Lightnings and P-47 Thunderbolts which I finished. All the paint colours are influenced from the the pacific conflict from squadrons flying 1943 and 1944, but are not exact copies.The green lightnings are based on those USAAF planes flying from Guadalcanal in early 43. They had the shark teeth and green paint, but were replaced with the metallic scheme which became popular in ’44. Having both works well to differentiate the planes on the table, even if they likely would not have flown together that much. Then, there are the P-47 Thunderbolts. The green, or metallic bodies and wings, with light tails (and engine cowling- some of which I added extra colour too) are similar to the USAAF planes based out of Saidor, and Saipan in the summer of 1944. Engine cowlings and tails were commonly painted bright colours and again this works to differentiate the planes on the table.Looking at these planes now, my one critical comment is I likely was a little heavy on the black lining. Next time I need to be more careful with that – but this does make the details pop, which on 1/600 aircraft is something I try to do. So now I have have more options when putting on games in the Pacific air war for the guys.

About mellis1644

A painter and gamer who has no illusions about being the best painter but likes to play with decently painted toys and have fun gaming
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One Response to Thunderbolts and lightnings

  1. They look terrific! We need to get in another game to try them out.

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