I built the model kit of the SP-5B Marlin several years ago. It represents the last SP-5B the U.S. Navy flew. The flying boat is now on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.
I have wanted to do the earlier version of the Marlin, the P5M-1, as this type was painted overall Gloss Sea Blue. But this version had a different bow and empennage.
Now that I have a 3D printer, I thought this project would be perfect to 3D design and print an empennage. It was created in Fusion 360.
The bow I modified using Apoxie Sculpt and wet sanded to shape. The tail has the first 3D printed part. It was a good test, I decided to print the rudder separate and I still need to add the engraved panel lines.
The resin bow glued to the kit parts.
To be continued...