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  1. Hello Ladies and Gents, So after a 20+ year hiatus from mutilating and butchering 1/72 plastic aircraft models, I've decided to pick up a knife and paint brush again to get through these winter evenings. This forum has been a trove of information and advice which I've quietly browsed for several years, as such I already owe many members thanks for sharing their wisdom though I haven't even started a kit yet. Seeing the vast range of kits that are available these days, combined with the abundance of after-market items and weathering/finishing techniques that have evolved over the last two decades has me excited but also a little intimidated about returning to the hobby...the leaps and bounds taken during my break has me questioning whether I even really know the basics anymore, let alone the advanced stuff, so fellow members can expect some bone-head questions in the near future. I've decided to take things slowly and learn as much as I can about each stage of the build process, so will be making a nuisance of myself on these forums over the next few months. I've decided that 1/48 is now my scale of choice. I'll stick to aircraft, but no particular theme...just whatever takes my fancy, an airframe I admire or have some connection with. My first two projects will be a Spitfire V, (one of Malta's so-called Blue Defenders) and a commonwealth P-51D Mustang. My third project is intended to be an F7F Tigercat Air Tanker, but I'm trying not to get ahead of myself. Right now I'm purchasing tools/equipment and going through the research stage. The two former kits will most likely be Tamiya products, though I'm aware they have some issues (the Sptifire wings will be annoying). The Tigercat, probably the AMT kit. Any advice offered regarding these products, or potential alternatives, will be graciously received. Though I do prefer a degree of anonymity online, I certainly look forward to getting invovled in this the community which appears to be very generous and supportive! Cheers Everybody Launchpad
  2. Hi, this is my recent build, Airfix 1/72 P-51D Mustang, painted with Alclad II Polished Aluminum and weathered with Tamiya's weather sets. Decals from Blue Diamond Decals. Thank you for looking.
  3. This is Airfix's new Mustang finished as the mount of S/L Witold Tokuciewski of 303 Sqn. It was originally going to be in a RNZAF scheme but the black & yellow chequerboards on the fuselage sides disintegrated & curled up so, in the words of Wile E Coyote, back to the old drawing board. In the end I used Kagero's Mustangs over Europe, part 1, I also used Eduard's Zoom set for the cockpit. The kit goes together well but looks a little odd when you open the box due to the clever way it is engineered. This is my first attempt at NMF, I used AK Interactive paints which performed well although the black base was a bit patchy - but that was probably me. Next NMF aircraft will be the Eduard Mirage III. Any comments or criticisms welcome as always. Thanks for looking. Pete
  4. Bullit Mustang found article

    I first saw this film when it was on general release at the cinema. I instantly fell in love with the sight and sound of this car. Today on Hyperscale.com I found this article. http://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&jsonp=vglnk_151639300005213&key=0eff82a158b9bcd735539ea921a97f93&libId=jcmco7x5010009tm000DA80206yce&cuid=f-&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.network54.com%2FForum%2F232726%2Fthread%2F1516155383%2Flast-1516285438%2F%28View%2BAll%2BMessages%2BIn%2BThis%2BThread%29&v=1&out=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hagerty.com%2Farticles-videos%2Farticles%2F2018%2F01%2F14%2Fmustang-bullitt-found-real-mcqueen%3Futm_source%3DSFMC%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_term%3Dsp-eyes%40redshift.com%26utm_content%3DNewsletter_Special_Bullitt_Mustang%23&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.network54.com%2FForum%2F232726&title=The Lounge - HyperScale's "Off-Topic" Forum%3A THE Bullit Mustang found!&txt=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hagerty.com%2Farticles-videos%2Farticles%2F2018%2F01%2F14%2Fmustang-bullitt-found-real-mcqueen%3Futm_source%3DSFMC%26amp%3Butm_medium... Make up your own mind, I will still be picking up my jaw!
  5. HI All! Just finished my latest build and made a timelapse video about it! This is the new tool kit from airfix - really thought there was a wealth of detail. I feel the RAF paint scheme makes this look like a different plane, it's not as glamorous as the USAAF version (all shiny). I think I did a good job overall, but had a bit of an issue with those yellow decals taking ages to conform to the wings... Let me know what you think! Thanks in advance
  6. Builds to date Pt.3

    Hello again Next up we have Tamiya, ones a Spifire and the other’s a Mustang both 1/32... Spitefire Mk XIVe 1/32, 301 Sqn (Polish) RAF.. RAF Mustang Mk IV, 3 Sqn RAAF.. Til next time Iain
  7. Hi Guys, today a really old Kit, with some improvement's. I used the Frightdog conversation kit with new Propeller und underside cowling to display a MK IV, Tanks are out of the Spare-Box, Seat is from Italerie, also the Wheels, The Roundels, as nearly in every RAF Kit from Matchbox, where out of Register and replaced. Stencils also from Spare-Box. Paints Agama, done by brush. Hope you like this old girl.. Best Regards Stefan
  8. I really expected that someone else would have entered this one by now I bought this one just the other day specifically to fill the gap If I remember correctly after all so many years this is possibly the first Matchbox kit I built when Matchbox first got plastic models into the shops Back then I built it as Dooleybiird and I wanted to do it again, and I shall but not with the kit decals. A previous owner has cut the decal sheet, some Dooleybird decals are missing and although this sheet looks fine in the picture some of the markings have micro sized cracks through them I can save a few of the decals with LDF, but I'll buy the Model Alliance decal sheet which has Dooleybird on it; https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ML72113 Some of the Matchbox parts are poor in design so I'll replace them with better parts from my parts files. The parts to change include the wheels and drop tanks [although I may leave those off and alter the wings to build it 'clean'] Back later; I have some Hawker Tempests, Sepecat Jaguars and a couple of other Matchbox kits to do yet
  9. Another "return to the hobby thread". First some manners by presenting myself, since this is my first post in this forum. I'm from Sweden, stopped modelling when I became a teenager - now I am middle-aged (<-first admittance of said fact) and have a 5-year old son to whom I recently bought a model. We built it together and I think I enjoyed it even more than he did. He was hooked though, so I bought him another, one of the new Airfix Mustangs. But this time he didn't let me help him! Not a bit! My fingers were itching, so I bought one more for dad, which will be the subject of this thread The kit is the new P-51D from Airfix (box art below). It depicts a P51D-10-NA with serial number 44-14207, as flown by Lt Eugene James of 352nd FG, 328th FS. Code PE-E, nickname Rose Marie (James's girl?) AND Kelly Kid 2 on the opposite side (apparently some relative of the crew chief). Several images are available here: http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=352 It's completely different hobby now, thanks to the advent of the internet and modern machining. So much information... almost overload. Last time I built a model I had access to exactly two books with colour profiles in the library. Decided to write this log in the hope I could get some feedback and to have a log to get back to - if not for anything else than as a reminder on what not to do I aim for historical accuracy, as I see models as little windows to the past, so any correction or criticism is appreciated. I've started already, assembled cockpit and fuselage. I built Airfix's blue-nosed mustang sometime in the 80s or 90s, but that was something different. The level of detail and fit of the pieces in this upgraded kit is fantastic. Anyhow I added some bits and pieces. Fuselage assembled - no gaps at all. Leaving the propeller until later probably makes for easier build and painting, but I feel something is amiss if it doesn't spin.
  10. NA-73 Mustang I, best options in 1/72nd

    Hi All, I have been researching recently about producing the said topic of a NA-73 Mustang for the RAF in 1/72. I found an article on Internet Modeler that goes into some detail about this guy had done it but done know if it's a recent article and their may be better ways of doing it. Here is my question for the wise ones. With what's available now and without breaking the bank, how would you produce this aircraft to an acceptable example and catch the 'key' features of a Mustang I. Stuart
  11. Hi gents, I would like to share the progres on this great kit, cheers! Antonio
  12. Way back in October of last year I entered the Mustang Single Type Group Building with two Airfix F-51Ds in 1/72. Both aircraft were to be RNZAF/TAF Mustangs from the 1950s. One based from my home city (Auckland) the second from the home of my father's family (Wellington). I managed to finish the first aircraft during the group build, the Auckland based aircraft. I've been plodding along with my Wellington based aircraft ever since and am happy to share it with you all here today. Natural metal is Alclad Airframe Aluminimum over Humbrol gloss black. The level of shine is captured by the underside photo. The wings were filled in, sanded, and painted with decanted Tamiya AS-12. Decals from Ventura. Canopy is Squadron/Falcon and was intended for the Hasegawa kit, which meant it needed a bit of surgery to fit. Very happy with the result.
  13. Hi All, I have just completed an Academy 1/72 scale P-51D, I have only just started making models so this is one of my first serious attempts so had help from my dad and enjoyed making it, I wanted to make it 'Old Crow' as I'm an aviation graphics artist and managed to get a couple of my pieces signed by Bud Anderson himself, so this will go along side them in my room. Comments and criticism welcome always looking to improve I have got another Academy P-51B which I will make into Berlin Express and also an Airfix 1/72 scale P-51D which I'm looking at making into 'Tall in the Saddle'. 1/72 &#x27;Old Crow&#x27; P-51D Mustang 357th FG by Ryan Dorling ( Ryan Dorling Photography, Reheat Ph, on Flickr 1/72 &#x27;Old Crow&#x27; P-51D Mustang 357th FG by Ryan Dorling ( Ryan Dorling Photography, Reheat Ph, on Flickr 1/72 &#x27;Old Crow&#x27; P-51D Mustang 357th FG by Ryan Dorling ( Ryan Dorling Photography, Reheat Ph, on Flickr Kind Regards Ryan
  14. Hi all I've just been looking at Wg Cdr M L Donnet's Mustang in "RAF Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces" I cannot find supporting photos of it anywhere else. How big would his personalised fueslarge recognition letters have been and can I find them on a 1/72 decal sheet? What colour is the spinner bose? Book gives dark blue. Black on some sites showing artists' impressions. If anyone can give me a link to photos of KM121, I shall be very grateful Cheers M.M.
  15. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Airfix Mustang P-51D (Kit #A01004A) built straight from the box. Decals represent the mount of Lt. Eugene W. James, 352nd FG, 328th FS, Bodney/Norfolk, England 1944. Painted with acrylics from Gunze/Mr.Hobby and Alclad II. This kit is cheap, easy to build and has very good surface detail. The plastic used by Airfix is quite soft, which resulted in some broken or bent parts. I broke the control column and the blade antenna when trying to remove it from the sprues. (I scratch-built a new control stick and replaced the kit's antenna with a photoetch item.) One of the undercarriage legs was badly bent. Due to the softness of the plastic, the model is in a "wobbly" state, when you touch it, it rocks from side to side! This is the only weak point of the whole model kit. If I build another one, I will invest in a metal undercarriage from Scale Aircraft Conversions. Ok, here's the pictures ... as usual, taken by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Best wishes from Vienna! Thanks for your interest! Roman
  16. Hello! Here is one of my models. In building I used RasKit whells set, Aires cockpit, Eduards photo etched setMini World barells set, Rex exhaust nozzles set. In painting I used AK {Xtreme metal and MR color Super metallik paints. Weathering- oil dots pigments and washes. Decal- Isra decal.
  17. Hi all, I just cant stop myself! Sorry. Here are just two that I came across in my files: I-BILL F-51 at Greenham Common in 1976(?). Sadly she was written of a short while after this. N232J Sea Fury at North Weald in the late 1990s. She was ferried to the UK by my old friend Norman Lees (sadly now winging his way up on high) Martin
  18. HI For a while I had the Tamiya 1/72 P-51D in my stash. It comes with markings for aircraft flown by Chuck Yeager (Glamorous Glennis III),Clarence Andersons (Old Crow which had white wall tyres) and John landers (Big Beautiful Doll). I bought two Airfix 1/72 P-51Ds and will use the three kits so I can build the aircraft of these famous aces. Yeagers & Landers aircraft will be built undercarriage up ( which I generally do) and Old Crow with gear down to show of those white wall tyres. As the airfix kits come with a flaps down and with tyres showing the effect of weight on them this has meant using the Airfix Kit for Old Crow and the tamiya for Big Beautiful Doll ( the Tamiya kit does not allow a wheels up option out of the box) . The kits are being built out of the box with no after market add ons and with canopy closed but with fully painted pilots from the two airfix kits and an old airfix WW2 pilot I had to hand. I will put pictures up soon as I have finished the build but want to show progress of the painting, I have also some comments on the comparrisosn of these two kits which are very similar in layout but with subtle and significant difference when it comes to building them
  19. These are the completed builds from the recently finished P-51 STGB III which I did not complete on time. The original thread is here which has the work in progress. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235015012-phantomes-triple-172-build-2x-tamiya-p-51d-1x-academy-p-51b/ Quick summary of the three aircraft: 1) P-51D "Jumpin' Jacques" (Tamiya). Built OOB except for Eduard superfabric seatbelts (amazing stuff!). Decals were some spares from a Hasegawa kit. Paints were Mr Metal Color for the NMF and Gunze/Tamiya for everything else. Weathering was done with Flory washes, with Tamiya Smoke for the exhaust stains. 2) P-51D "Detroit Miss" (Tamiya). Same as above except decals from an old Microscale set. 3) P-51B "Bonnie B" (Academy). Same as above except decals from Xtradecals. Color was Gunze H73 as Olive Drab. I was extremely pleased. Gunze totally botched RAF Dark Green (which is what it was supposed to be) and unwittingly created a very nice faded olive drab with just the right amount of green and brown. H73 was also used for the olive drab anti-glare in the other two aircraft. Weathering was done with Humbrol enamel wash. There are a few inaccuracies in the markings, some my fault some from the decals.In particular I was not pleased with Detroit Miss as the markings seem somewhat oversized. Also I think the Bonnie B markings on this set are incorrect (no locomotive kill mark and Bonnie B should be white). I used TallyHo decals for the insignia of the first two planes which ended up being noticeably translucent (and did not conform to panel lines). Terrible stuff. Anyway, were fun builds and reminded me why the Tamiya 1/72 Mustang is my favorite kit in the universe (and the Academy P-51B is nearly as good)
  20. Hi all. Needed something to keep me going before christmas day so i visited my local hobby shop in Ely and picked up this 1/72 mustang for a tenner. Bargain bouquet ! What a lovely kit, and a pleasure to build. Really enjoyed my first experience with Hasegawa. Pro’s: Its a Mootang. Superb fit & lovely detail. Fun to build! Con’s: Decals on the thick side All comments and critique very, very welcome. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Cheers! Thanks for looking!
  21. Eduard will not only produce a 1/48th P-51D (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234974169-148-north-american-p-51d-mustang-by-eduard-release-in-2018/) but also a North American P-51B Mustang kit - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/posts/1523757530972522 V.P.
  22. With only a few days left until the GB is over, I'm going to attempt an extremely ambitious triple Mustang build taking advantage of the fact that both the Tamiya and the Academy Mustangs are extremely good 'shake and bake' kits that should not cause me much trouble. Here's a summary of the builds and (possible problems) 1) Academy P-51B "Bonnie B II". Taken from the Xtradecal D-Day sheet. Alas, this particular P-51B had the fin fillets which the "Old Crow" boxing does not have. I ordered the P-51C kit that does but has not yet arrived. That still does not stop me from building up everything except the separate tail section. 2) Tamiya P-51D "Detroit Miss". Have always wanted to build this one so here's the chance. 3) Tamiya P-51D "Jumpin' Jacques". I have some old Hasegawa decals but I'm slightly terrified of how thick they'll look on natural metal. I ordered some Mr Setter/Softer from Japan a few weeks ago but waiting for that to arrive. If it does not arrive by early Saturday I will replace it with something else. The "JJ" will be armed with two bombs, rather than drop tanks, hence why I chose the F-51 kit.
  23. Airfix's Reboxed 1/72 P-51

    Airfix's 4th(?) foray into blue-nosed Mustangs. I'm sure we're all familiar with the plastic, so here's the new bits: Box art: Painting guide: Cartograf decal sheet:
  24. The complete story of the not so quickie Hobby Boss P-51D Mustang build. I started this build because the Academy P-51A was taking longer than I had planned, The delays weren't the models fault but mine, as I spent to much time making little, pointless items more "perfect". So I decided to make a quick build of the HobbyBoss P-51D so that I could be sure that I would get something done for this Mustang Group Build. Picking an easy model and an easy (all metal) paint scheme insured that I could get it done fast, SO fast that my first photos included a clock. The clock was there because I had the hope that with a simple kit and a simple paint job I could get this kit finished in 24 hours. As it turned out I was off a bit on that estimate. With the clock ticking I jumped into the kit. Then I make my first mistake, I chose these decals. In theory, the Carpena decals for the Somali Air Force would be perfect. All done in silver paint (the Somali Mustangs started our as USAAF Mustangs in the Med., post Italy's capitulation they were transferred in a rather weary condition to the Italian AF. After a few years service in the Italian AF they were sold to Somalia. (I suspect that either Italy threw in a free coat of paint with the deal or Somalia painted them silver upon receipt, but I have no proof, I am just guessing on that one). Painted silver (including the spinner) with an Olive Drab nose panel the simple Somali markings would make decaling the model a breeze. Unless, of course, the decals shattered. With great care I got the first two roundels on but the more complex "2" shattered. So I set the model aside looking like this which was pretty advanced for the few hours invested in the build. Now the clock slows down...a lot... Turns out no other airforce makes a a "2" that looks like the Somali "2" or is the same size as the Somali "2". I spent several evenings looking, checking all the decals I have (and I do have a lot of decals) and I found nothing. Finally I admitted that I would need a replacement set of decals and off I went to EvilBay while the clock ticked on my "24 hour" build..... Graced with a little luck (or backed into a corner enough that I couldn't really afford to wait for a bargain) I got a second set and promptly coated them with gloss clear to strengthen the decal. But the Carpena Decals weren't my only decal issue, I had also decided to save painting time by using a solid olive drab decal for the nose. Great idea! Didn't work at all... Sticking in some spots and bubbling up in others I cut and then sand the nose decal off. So I painted the nose after removing the decal, BUT I had decided that leave the exhaust stacks off so they wouldn't get in the way when I masked the nose. They would, or could, have been a good decision had I not made a hamfisted whoops with the glue which spilled into the painted olive drab and dissolved part of it away. More cleaning - More Masking - More Time, and finally my "24 hours" Mustang is done...in 23 DAYS..... Greg in OK
  25. Revell is to release in 2017-2018 a new tool 1/32nd North American P-51D Mustang kit - ref. 03944 Source: http://www.kitreviewsonline.de/revell-neuheiten-fuer-das-jahr-2017/ V.P.
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