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The Millie G and Snoot's Sniper - a pair of P-51's in 1/48


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#1 graham121

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:12 PM

Just completed a double build of a couple of Tamiya 1/48 P-51's. 
 
For Lt. Francis W. Horne's mount, Snoot's Sniper, I used the kit (Cartograph) decals that came with the 'Blue Nose' special edition boxing. For The Millie G, flown by Major Edward Giller, I have used the Barracudacals decals for 44-14985, the first of the two Millie G's to appear in this colour scheme. 
 
Construction is OOB, the seat belts are the kit decals on lead foil, the wings have been filled as per the factory and exhausts drilled out. 
 
I used Modelmaster Buffable Aluminium applied with a brush for the bare aluminium, a mix of Alclad Aluminium/Dark Aluminium for the painted aluminium and Gunze H309 for the fuselage and empennage on The Millie G to match the nose checks. 
 
First here is Snoot's Sniper as she appeared in August 1944 by which time only the under fuselage D-Day stripes remained  - previously they had been applied to both lower and upper wings, and also the original canopy had by this time been replaced with a Malcolm Hood.
 
I have found a couple of colour photos on the net...I do not know who the original owner is as they have been copied many times:- all credit to whoever is deserving of it though.

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I have tried to replicate the same worn but not abused finish as seen in these pictures. 

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And now The Millie G as she appeared in summer 1944 with only the under body invasion stripes remaining and before she had a rear view mirror added.
 
Again, I have managed to find a couple of reference photos on t'interweb, and all credits to whoever is due them. 

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And now onto the pictures, and as with the Snoot's Sniper build I have tried to replicate the worn but not worn out look of an aircraft in the middle of a hectic operational schedule. 

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Two thoroughly enjoyable builds, hope you enjoy the pics.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

Gosh I don't often get all gushy about models on this site but those really are very nice.

I think you've definitely managed to nail the look you were going for, and the attention to detail is very apparent. You've even done authentic wings. Bravo!

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

They are bloody amazing! So true to the reference pics as well. The painting is top notch, and in some of those photos they could almost be pics of the real things. Great work.



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:38 PM

Superb work :clap2: 



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

very nice



#6 rmcclure

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:25 PM

Those are super builds and I think you've achieved a spot-on finish - very well done indeed and thanks for sharing. You've certainly given me plenty of food for thought when I next get around to a P-51 kit.

 

Cheers,

 

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

wow, they are awesome! nice work :)



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

Two beautifully made, painted and weathered models there.  

 

Thank you for sharing.



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

Great job, absolutely great.

 

I love the understated weathering - I just cant help but go over the top on mine!


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:37 PM

:gobsmacked:  Those are absolutely superb ! you've got the weathering just right . . . none of this " Let's accentuate every panel " nonsense. I live not far from Wormingford, the home base of " The Millie G " and have always liked that colour scheme, in fact I built the same model a few years ago as " Miss Marilyn " your model, however knocks mine into a cocked hat !   :thumbsup:  :cheers:



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

I can't stop looking at these, they are absolutely fantastic! The finish on both of them is superb and your photography shows them off to perfection.

 

Thanks for sharing

 

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

A lovely pair of P-51s.

I like the D especially!

Great finishes on both of them :goodjob:



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:07 PM

She's a real stunner.



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:56 PM

I really do like them. :clap:



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:11 PM

Beautiful pair!



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

Very nice.



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

A PAIR OF SUPERB MUSTANGS , WHAT DID YOU USE FOR THE NMF , I WISH I COULD GET A FINISH LIKE YOURS 



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

 Great models :clap2:



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:13 PM

WOW! :goodjob:

They are great, love the weathering. Not too heavy but just right for working airframes, love the paint chiping on the markings and light airflow stains along the fuselage sides.

Very nice!

Any idea why the wheel hub was only 1/2 paint red?

 

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:20 PM

Gorgeous pair of Mustangs, great stuff!

 

cheers

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