US Navy Carrier
Just Plane Stuff Bases are available online from
u m m a r y
||1 x large part in yellow resin
||FirstLook / Preview
||Can be used for display or
photographic base; beautifully cast resin; helpful painting
instructions; attractive border; no assembly required!
||Relatively expensive due
to size and materials.
by Brett Green
Hasegawa's recent 1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 and G-14 are
great looking models, but they do present a challenge to display.
Most available bases and scenery are designed for 1/72 and 1/48
scale models. Just Plane Stuff is first out of the blocks with a 1/32
scale base. Their first release in this scale is a Luftwaffe
These hardstands were used by the Luftwaffe in all European
theatres. It is reasonable to assume that Allied forces would have
also taken advantage of these hardstands when they overran German
airfields in their advances during 1944 and 1945.
At around 13" x 14", "Just Planes" 1/32 scale Luftwaffe
hardstand is big. In fact, it was delivered in a Pizza box! The
contents are almost as tasty, too. The stand is cast in one large piece of resin and is ready for paint.
Unlike their releases in 1/72 and 1/48 scale, this base is surrounded
by a "frame" with convincing woodgrain texture. The material is very
lightweight despite the large size, resulting in a saving on postage
costs. Apparently, to create this lightweight resin base, the original
female mould is brushed with regular resin then, after curing, this is
filled with foam resin.
quality of casting was flawless on my review samples. This
is very impressive considering its size and detail.
I have already painted my Luftwaffe hardstand following these
Step 1: Base Colours
My first step was to spray the resin in two base colours. I wanted
to depict the groundwork as dry and parched; with the planks a
washed-out and weathered grey. An aerosol spray was used to apply a primer
coat of grey. This was roughly masked by holding the side of a
cardboard sheet against the edge of the hardstand itself, then the
groundwork was sprayed tan.
Step 2: Oil Wash
Oil paints were then assembled for the next phase. I like to blend
a mixture of oil paints for weathering groundwork, and I use a
disposable greaseproof paper palette for this task A small smudge of
Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna and Gold Ochre are squeezed onto the palette
and mixed according to taste.
A dark brown mixture of the thinned oil paint was slopped onto the
groundwork, and a paler mix was brushed onto the hardstand planks. This
was blended in with a further wash of almost pure thinners.
The wash was then spread evenly across the base. For me, the
hardest part of this job is to walk away and leave the wet oil wash
After the wash was on the base overnight, I wiped the excess off
the planks; first with a soft cloth, then by spreading the remaining
thinned oil paint with my finger.
Step 3: Sealing and Detailing
Now it was time to seal the finish. I applied heat from a hair
dryer (my last remaining use for this household device), then sprayed
on a coat of Aeromaster Flat.
When the flat finish was dry, I applied spots of thinned Black oil paint, spattered
from the brush onto the groundwork to represent oil stains. I also
smeared some black acrylic paint selectively over the hardstand to
depict hard use and fading of the timber. Further weathering was added
by running a coarse sanding stick over the top of the planks,
revealing the light tan resin beneath. This seemed to be a good
representation of fresh timber under splinters and damage.
Step 4: Painting the Frame
The next task was to spray the "timber" frame. I decided to paint
this border gloss black as a contrast to the dry, earthy tones of the
Step 5: Additional Landscaping
Finally, I applied pressure-sensitive spray adhesive (available in
an aerosol can at any craft shop) to patches of the groundwork and the
planks. To avoid getting glue on the glossy frame, I used a piece of
cardboard with irregular shaped holes to mask the application of the
aerosol adhesive With the masks still in place, I sprinkled a generous
quantity of static railway grass on top of the adhesive patches. The
mask was then lifted and I briskly blew across the grass to remove the
I added leaf-litter to another section of groundwork and to the
corner of the hardstand. The common kitchen herb, Basil, was used to
represent the leaf litter. This costs about 1/10th of the price of a
Hudson and Allen landscaping product, is quite convincing and smells
good! Once again, I used the aerosol adhesive to secure the leaf
"Just Planes" 1/48 scale US Navy Carrier Flight Decklooks
impressive and is an excellent platform for a wide range of US Navy
and Fleet Air Arm aircraft models. The base is big enough to display
large single-seater fighter aircraft. You might even squeeze on a
Tigercat! Its lightweight construction will make transport easier than
a conventional base of this size too.
Pleasingly, the price of this "second generation" base has dropped
compared to the first lightweight release (the 1/32 scale Luftwaffe
hardstand) and is now listed at the same cost as equivalent
sized earlier (and heavier) bases.
Thanks to Just
Plane Stuff for the review sample.
Review and In-Progress Images Copyright © 2002 by Brett
Page Created 28 November, 2002
22 July, 2003
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