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Viking

1:48 P-51B Mustang 'Shangri-La'. Tamiya.

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Once in a while its a good thing to go to stash and select something on a whim. Take it out and just build it without getting tied up in knots about planning, research, finding etch sets, decals, improvemnets, etc etc. Just reconnect with the fun of building, open the box and crack on!

One of my all time favourite aircraft is the P-51, and one of my all time favourite kits is Tamiya's P-51, so out of the stash it came. If you have never built one of these, you are missing a treat. It goes together beautifully and is a pleasure to build.

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I chose 'Shangri-La' flown by Captain Don Gentile of 336 Fighter Squadon, as I remember buliding Revells 1:32 scale kit of the smae aircraft in the 1970's, and I like the 'boxing parrot' marking. I put the pilot in as I had no etched seat belts and he was a good way of covering that up!. The only aftermarket I added was s pair of True Details resin wheels as I happened to to have a spare set with nice block tread on. Other than that it is an 'out of the box' build.

After a simple, straightforward, fun build, 'Shangri-La' is now complete;

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Did I mention that I like Mustangs? Here are a few more :winkgrin:

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Thanks for looking and happy new year to all. (My top tip for 2014 - Build a Mustang!)

John

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Stunning Mustangs John,those pilot figures look superb too!

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Lovely stuff! They're all very nicely done, I really like Shangri-la but the first NMF -D model is my personal fave.

I definitely know what you mean about cracking on with an OOB build, I'm looking forward to doing just that with my first Airfix Lightning next week.

Happy new year!

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Great work and a lovely collection there, think I might have to take your advice and do one myself in the new year!

Have a great new year :) Stu

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It is a great kit and you've done it proud. Looks like you had success with the decals as well - mine disintegrated as soon as they touched water!

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John,

Absolutely FANTASTIC collection of One of MY all time favorite aircrafts. ...

CLASSY War birds. ..

They are All OUTSTANDING builds and GORGEOUS. :worthy::worthy::worthy:

you cannot have too many of these iconic Mustangs. .. . :yahoo:

:heart::heart::wub:

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Nice builds but I really do like that Gentile one, its been a fav scheme of mine for yonks & you've caught it particularly well to my mind.

Steve,

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Once in a while its a good thing to go to stash and select something on a whim. Take it out and just build it without getting tied up in knots about planning, research, finding etch sets, decals, improvemnets, etc etc. Just reconnect with the fun of building, open the box and crack on!

John

Do you know, I think thats some great advice and something I need to take notice of.

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Beautiful Shangri-la! Those subtle tone variations on the OD make all the difference on a monochrome livery.

Those other P-51s are not too bad, either… ;-)

Happy New Modelling Year!

Kind regards,

Joachim

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Stunning collection of one of the best fighters of the era

Roger

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Nice builds John, you've kept your Mustang fetish quiet!

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The Shangri La is my all-time favourite. You've done her justice.

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Great work on all of the Mustangs, Really nice collection !

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