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  1. Aeronavale Lancaster

    Nice work I cannot recall where or on what, but I have seen pencil used very effectively to represent panel lines. I think it is quite suited to 1/72. Matt
  2. Another small step. The Mustang had a canvas 'boot' covering all the delicate mechanism around the tail wheel leg. I am currently creating one out of Plasticine. Once it looks how I want it, I'll give it a coat of CA to seal and harden it. The original wheel strut was cut off and has been replaced with some bent steel wire... this strut looked quite delicate in plastic - I can also now pose the tail wheel at a jaunty angle. P-51D-5 28 by Matt Low, on Flickr Here's another poor photo just showing how nicely the inserts for the filtered carburettor intakes fit. Revell provide three variations - solid (seen here) holes (what I'd think of as 'classic' look) and holes plus vents. I think the little intake seen on the fuselage side here needs to be removed - I believe it is an intake for the latter location of the battery..? P-51D-5 32 by Matt Low, on Flickr Finally for tonight, a couple of sundries. To let me insert the exhaust as late i the build as possible, I've separated the chin intake and the disk that fits behind the propeller. This means I can fit and fair in the intake but leave the front of the nose open to allow access to the exhaust locations. The other item is the alternate seat. This was apparently used as and when needed and doesn't seem directly related to specific batches. Therefore I thought why not - it'll be a bit different. I've opened up the back to give the holes a bit more of a 3D look. Not sure how much extra detail to add to this, I'll decide when I have better info on what the seat actually looked like. P-51D-5 25 by Matt Low, on Flickr
  3. P-51D-5 30 by Matt Low, on Flickr Cockpit is coming along nicely. I've tried to maintain a sheen on the fuel tank to indicate rubber. More detail painting to do but most components are ready to go in. P-51D-5 29 by Matt Low, on Flickr Here's a crap photo of something to watch out for. I took some time to attach each rear half of the fuselage to the rest - getting the outer surfaces to have as small a step as possible (or none). Getting a good exterior fit has resulted in a small gap at the centre seam now. Not a problem as it's better to have the gap here than as a step on the fuselage skin. P-51D-5 31 by Matt Low, on Flickr
  4. OK, onwards with this build. I was struck down with a nasty dose of flu which stopped me doing much at all, and last week wasn't great either. So finally this weekend I've got back on it. P-51D-5 26 by Matt Low, on Flickr From reading about the early P-51Ds it seems they had a less extensive application of YZC in the gear bays. The wing inner skin was left unprimered but the spar, stringers and other areas were given YZC. This resulted in a laborious masking session. Result is good enough and once give a light weathering it'll look fine. P-51D-5 27 by Matt Low, on Flickr Closer in you can see that I've filled all the indentations in the lower wing for the rocket stubs, filled some sink marks around the spent shell/link ejector chutes and I decided to open up the ejector chutes as well. This is probably not necessary but I wanted to see how it looked (still need boxing in). Anyone got any idea what the indentation circled in red is? It should be there, I just can't figure what it is. P-51D-5 27 by Matt Low, on Flickr
  5. I certainly can confirm this Olivier. In terms of 'bang for buck' I feel it wins over the Tamiya kit... Matt
  6. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235031758-132-revell-new-tool-p-51d-5-mustang/ Here you go Olivier. Not updated for a while as I've been ill. Have been making some small progress over weekend. Don't expect anything as 'forensic' as your build.. Matt
  7. Laurent, excellent, just what I needed. I'm currently fabricating a canvas boot around the tail gear leg on my Revell 1/32 kit, based on your images.. Will post on my thread when it is finished. Again, many thanks. Matt
  8. Glad to be catching up with this build after an extended bout of flu. The research on the tail wheel leg canvas 'boot' is very timely as I am working on that area on my Revell kit... getting back to it after illness. Interesting to see the 'pinked' material doped over the access/lightening holes in the tailwheel well... something else to replicate as Revell has these moulded open... Matt PS - I don't suppose there are any similar images with a view of the rear of the canvas boot?
  9. Takom King Tiger Interior paint.

    If you do the following Google search, you'll see several companies do this colour for modelling purposes. RAL 6011 model paint Matt
  10. That's beautiful work Olivier... You're putting more detail into this than I'm contemplating for my 1/32 one... Matt
  11. That is a nice one Antonio... I hadn't realised how many of the well known Mustangs were actually these early D-5s. 'Ferocious Frankie' is also a nice looking one as well as 'Frenesi' - interesting with those Japanese and German kill marks... Simon, think of it this way... a 1/32 Mustang is about the same size as a 1/72 Dakota or a 1/48 Bf 110. It's only when you gravitate to Ju88s and B-17s that things can get out of hand... Matt
  12. Hi Antonio I have two schemes in mind at the moment. First is 'The COMET' Nice full set of D-Day stripes and a quite refined nose art... The COMET by Matt Low, on Flickr Second is 'Pendaja' / 'Miss Ruth'... you've got to love that yellow tail... MissRuth1 by Matt Low, on Flickr That's a way off though.. Matt
  13. Finally for the moment, As you can see there's a lot going on inside the fuselage and the wing fuselage junction is quite complex, what with the radiator scoop. I wanted to see how well this all fitted together as early as possible to ensure I took any measures required to thin/adjust parts. Having cleaned all seams, removed mould parting lines etc, I can say the whole lot comes together with a very satisfying 'click' and was solid - taking some effort to take back apart. The only thing I'm dreading is getting a decent unpainted aluminium finish on the fuselage.... More soon. Matt
  14. Here's an overview of the wing from below (must take some photos f the upper surface), showing the separate flaps and ailerons. Also note the way that the leading edge containing the wing guns is separate piece, incorporating the inner forward lower wing surface. This allows guns to be nicely (and correctly) moulded without pesky seams to worry about. Two sets of landing flaps are provided, one for raised the other for... you guessed it... lowered. P-51D-5 21 by Matt Low, on Flickr P-51D-5 22 by Matt Low, on Flickr Glued a bit of wine bottle foil to inner wing (after thinning a bit) and used a tool with rounded end to create the reflectors for the ID lights. P-51D-5 20 by Matt Low, on Flickr Finally, I took a photo of the faces of the different radiator matrices. Used black base and a light grey wash to give them a heat stained effect - looks better than silver with black wash for the Mustang's radiators. P-51D-5 23 by Matt Low, on Flickr
  15. The wing. This is provided as full span upper and lower parts. Wheel bay has the correct spar arrangement and features very nice rib and structural detail. One approach that these latest Revell 1/32 kits seem to have adopted is the habit of not trying to depict wiring looms and pipes as moulded on detail. This makes our lives easier if we wish to add it (as the moulded on stuff doesn't have to be removed). P-51D-5 18 by Matt Low, on Flickr P-51D-5 19 by Matt Low, on Flickr Bays need all their YZC painted, leaving just the aluminium skin unpainted. Apparently early Mustangs didn't recieve the general 'hosing' of interior surfaces with YZC and/or GZC.