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#1 walrus

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 01:27 AM

hoping to build this one quickly and out of the box.

will unfortunately be using the kit decals- me an' Academy decals don't get on too well.
will however be painting the IID

have finally made a start and hope to post a couple of pics of the office tomorrow

#2 Mish

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 08:11 AM

Nice one, look forward to seeing the pics.

#3 walrus

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 04:26 AM

well managed to get the office sorted- took a little longer than i wanted so i didn't have time to make any more refinements other than the harness
could really have done with a bit of scratching of the side consoles
the tail and fuselage were attached to make the seperate halves:

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the fuselage is closed up now and wings on- will post pics tomorrow.

made a bit of a mess of the wings. Tried a technique new to me whereby i attached the wing uppers to the fuselage, before offering up the lower wing
it took a while to get the dihedral to look symmetrical

i finally figured it was the port outer wing that was squiffy. there was a divergence on the outer wings twixt top and bottom. the port wing was slightly weaker due to the light cut out
a little tweak seems to have sorted that out.

however my alignment was poor :banghead: so will need to fill and redrill the gun ports on one wing and do a lot of tidying up :doh:
and there will still need to be a smidge of filler on the starboard wing root

i do seem to create extra work for myself- wot a muppet :spudniksmurf: (was closest i could find for a muppet)

ps please remember the pics are a lot bigger than the actual bits - i ain't no old fogie wot needs jumbo sized parts :tease:

Edited by walrus, 02 March 2009 - 09:34 AM.


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Posted 02 March 2009 - 08:19 AM

That's well fine so far.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 08:45 AM

Great work and well done overcoming the problems

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:13 AM

Nice detailing esp for 1/72. I am not really an expert in these things: is that the floor colour in P51's?

#7 walrus

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:38 AM

thanks for the encouragement guys

hi Maxidad

from the pics i found on the net, the Mustang had a wooden floor.
the kit part has a "grain" which would bean inch deep on the real thing :yikes:
i scraped it down
The colour may be a bit out if i am honest but against the interior green and all the OD to come it will hopefully sit okay
also looks different in the flesh

there are a couple of metal footplates under the pedals which don't extend that far back back - but when installed you can't see it any way so i left it

my excuse is self impossed time constraints :banghead: :frantic:

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:39 AM

Nice detailing esp for 1/72. I am not really an expert in these things: is that the floor colour in P51's?



I'm sure the floors of the Mustang were left bare wood, restored Mustangs tend to have their floors painted black.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:47 AM

Hi
The Mustangs coming along nicely.

Maxidad the answer is yes it could be, Merlin engined P-51's had wooden floors,some were painted in the field (interior green or black) but others were left unpainted :shrug: .
I understand they left the factory with a clear protective coat on the wood.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:55 AM

Looking good to me, tidy painting!

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 01:04 PM

..yeah nice work! You'll get a million different answers on the cockpit floor..here's mine.... it could be bare wood..but had a black anti-slip coating more often than not...
Academy 'B' is a lovely kit in this scale.. ..until you get to the canopy, which isn't really wide enough to fit the hole..wish they'd update their 'D'

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 04:18 PM

Fighter cockpits were nasty, nasty places. P-51s flew as far as Berlin and back - long trips, and I don't know if the P-51 was provided with a "relief pipe" like the Mosquito pilots were provided with (Mosquito navigators had to hold on). Add to this the high altitudes, violent maneuvres (let alone turbulence), and fear, and you can imagine what these would have smelt like. Doubtless, a lot of stuff would have ended up on the floor. Equally doubtless, some poor mechanic would have been charged with cleaning it up. I'm laying bets that any floor covering would be temporary. I think the wood finish is realistic.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 06:30 PM

Interesting answers about the floor covering. As I said, I really know very little about it; my only knowledge comes from a colour call-out on Tamiya's P-51B in 1/48 - I don't recall it being wood.

But as many of you say, a wooden floor's pristine colour probably wouldn't have lasted long, whether it was coated either intentionally and "accidently" (yukk).

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:33 PM

Fighter cockpits were nasty, nasty places


Hi Brews
Thanks for that charming insight.
of course it isn't the stuff of heroic narratives, but biology doesn't tend to give a monkey's about such nicities.
i am sure you are right and i have now added, via a pipette, a 1/72 scale pool of bodily fluids for extra authenticity
i knew that bottle of MicroPee would come in handy one day

Academy 'B' is a lovely kit in this scale.. ..until you get to the canopy, which isn't really wide enough to fit the hole..wish they'd update their 'D'


affirmative! apart from self inflicted stupidity it goes together well and to my uninformed eyes looks close to accurate
just a couple of issues about the ejection chutes noted here and elsewhere.

There is the South Korean P-51D kit - is that as good FalkeEins please?

have checked the canopy and it seems okay in dry fit- of course as soon as the glazing sniffs the superglue it will refuse to fit correctly- is it just me where things go okay in rehearsals but as soon as you do it for real . . . :pig:

Edited by walrus, 03 March 2009 - 02:43 AM.


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Posted 03 March 2009 - 05:00 AM

Hi Brews
Thanks for that charming insight.
of course it isn't the stuff of heroic narratives, but biology doesn't tend to give a monkey's about such nicities.
i am sure you are right and i have now added, via a pipette, a 1/72 scale pool of bodily fluids for extra authenticity
i knew that bottle of MicroPee would come in handy one day


Don't forget the Micro diced carrots and tomato skins :)

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:52 AM

There is the South Korean P-51D kit - is that as good FalkeEins please?


..no that's the pre 'Gordon Graham' kit ... ie prehistoric....

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:03 PM

Don't forget the Micro diced carrots and tomato skins


:doh: dagnabbit i knew there was something else to do before closing the fuselage halves :wall:

cheers Falkeins!

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 11:41 PM

Outstanding work in that office! :speak_cool:

All the best
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 12:00 AM

Thanks Sarge

just sprayed some white on for the IDD stripes
things getting back to normal so will hopefully make some progress and post some pics this week


have checked the canopy and it seems okay in dry fit- of course as soon as the glazing sniffs the superglue it will refuse to fit correctly- is it just me where things go okay in rehearsals but as soon as you do it for real . . . :pig:


told you so . it decided it didn't want to fit. also the glazing was damaged when it loosened from the sprue. tried to clean it up when the front section pinged into a gap in the floorboards. furniture moving floorboard prising peering and profanities ensued till rogue plastic was finally found hiding behind the central heating pipes!

it's supposed to be a hobby it's supposed to be fun and relaxing!!! :frantic:

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 02:50 AM

told you so . it decided it didn't want to fit. also the glazing was damaged when it loosened from the sprue. tried to clean it up when the front section pinged into a gap in the floorboards. furniture moving floorboard prising peering and profanities ensued till rogue plastic was finally found hiding behind the central heating pipes!


You can relax in the knowledge that if the canopy was lost or damaged beyond use, help is at your fingertips, a click away.