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  1. In the Facebook comments about a future P-51H kit (Link), Modelsvit team has also announced that a new tool 1/48th North American F-82G Twin Mustang is also in the pipe line. Source: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2231688117100227&id=1854784001457309 V. P.
  2. Have we ever had a single type group build for a car? What else could offer more variety in both colourful prototype cars and a plethora of kits than the original Pony Car the Ford Mustang? None! So; any scale, any material, any year, any kit, for street, for strip, for a raceway with turns too, factory stock, street machine, race car, Shelby or "secretary" Mustang, Mach 1, Boss 302/429, GT, Bullitt, 1964 1/2 to 2021; this is it as long as it's a Ford Mustang! Any takers? V-P 1) vppelt68 (host) 2) Kitkent 3) johnlambert 4) cmatthewbacon 5) TonyW 6) Alan R 7) Nick Belbin 8. dbostream 9) Six97s 10) Ray B. 11) helios16v 12) HoolioPaulio 13) TimJ 14) Hockeyboy76 15) Redstaff 16) Spiny 17) wimbledon99 18) ...
  3. Arma Hobby is to release in 2021 a 1/72nd North American P-51B/C Mustang kit. Source: http://armahobbynews.pl/en/blog/2020/12/30/arma-hobby-new-kit-announcements-for-2021/ Sprues design & 3D renders V.P.
  4. Hi Folks! This is my first Group Build so be gentle , I was originally going to enter with the Vulcan kit I picked up from a charity shop a while back as it was next on my build list anyway, but sadly when I dug out the box the price tag on it was £14.99, so that was out. I went and had a look in Dave Coley's "10 quid or less" section and found this mustang kit. Free tweezers and pen! The Moulding all looks really nice, with good detail and very little flash. I'll be giving them a good clean before I start though as theres a lot of mould release still on the parts. This will be my first 1/48 scale kit, all my previous aircraft have been 1/72, and it will also be the firt time I've ventured outside of the Airfix/Revell bubble so it should be fun and a new challenge. I will be a little slow starting on this properly as I've just had confirmation of our mortgage being approved on our new house so I'll be in the throws of a house move in the next few weeks, chances are the moddleing gear will be packed up in a week or two when I finish the kit ive already got in progress. /Rav
  5. hi everyone ! this is my REVELL 1/24 'GT 350 H, I once build mustang 2+2 fastback couple months ago,I just love mustang...this time I try to build the famous GT350H,I add some modification and detail patrts on it..the black paint is quite tricky I try to build this model as good as I could, still, there are some defects on this model,but I just love this car..... hope you guys like it!! and here is the video build if you are interested..
  6. Maverick's P-51D Mustang 1:72 Airfix The North American P-51 Mustang is one of the most famous and easily-recognisable of Allied types to have served during the Second World War. It was originally designed to a British requirement for a low-altitude fighter, and because it was designed around the Alison V-1710 engine, it had limited performance at higher altitudes. This shortcoming was famously addressed by the marriage of North Americans airframe to the Rolls Royce Merlin aero engine. Once so equipped, the Mustang was able to take on Luftwaffe fighters on equal or better terms up to 15,000 feet. In common with later Spitfires, the D model of the Mustang employed a cut-down rear fuselage and a bubble canopy, giving pilots superb all-round vision. The outstanding feature of the aircraft was is range, which enabled Mustangs to escort bombers all the way to Berlin and back. This prompted the famous quote from Reichmarshal Herman Göring: "When I saw Mustangs over Berlin, I knew the jig was up." The Kit Airfix's Mustang has only been around now since 2012 and is a great little kit. The kit is part of Airfix's series one range and as such as a fairly simple kit, made up of just fifty three parts spread across two sprues of grey plastic and a single small clear sprue. The mouldings are clean and crisp and moulded detail looks good. The panel lines look pretty fine to me, but some will no doubt find them a little too deep. In my opinion they arent too broad though, so treatment with primer would seem to be the way to go here. The kit has been re-released a few times over the years and now again in a tie in with Paramount for the new Top Gun Film, which has been delayed on release due to the current situation. The cockpit is assembled on top of a large floor piece which also acts as the roof of the radiator tunnel. Onto this are added an instrument panel (with a decal for detail), a gun sight, control column and seat. Sidewalls and radio kit is moulded in place. The inner sides of the fuselage have some nice raised/recessed detail which helps to add a sense of realism to the cockpit. Overall impressions are very favourable, particularly for a kit in this scale and at this price point. If you want the airscrew to be moveable, you will have to assemble it before the fuselage halves have been joined. This will make it a bit of a nuisance to paint though, so I would recommend adding it later and fixing it in place. Whichever route you choose, once the fuselage halves are joined then you can add the wing. The lower wing is moulded as a single span, which will help you achieve the correct dihedral. The main gear bays are boxed in and feature some convincing structural details. The tail planes are moulded as solid pieces, but the rudder is a separate part, so you can finish it in a deflected position if you so desire. There are separate flaps too, which is a bonus. The Finishing details show that Airfix has put some care and attention into the design of this kit. The mouth of the radiator inlet is moulded as a separate part, saving you the trouble of cleaning up a visible seam. The cooling air exhaust is also a separate part and can be posed in either open or closed position. The undercarriage doors are detailed on the inside and the landing gear itself is also very nice. The tyres have a cross-cut tread and subtle flat spots moulded in place. Two drop tanks are provided to hang under the wings. Two canopies are provided, but only the bulged version is used for the decal option supplied with this kit. The frame of the rear canopy is a separate part too, and of course the canopy can be posed in open or closed position. Decals As this is a tie in only one set of markings is included, those for the aircraft Maverick owns in the film. The decal sheet is printed by Cartograf and includes a full range of stencils. Conclusion This is a neat little kit and Im very glad that Airfix took the decision to re-release it. The level of detail is surprisingly good for the scale and price, and it looks as though this should build up into an excellent model. Recommended if you want to model the Mustang from the film, or just want another to add to your stash. Review sample courtesy of
  7. ANG Mustangs Part 3 1:48 Iliad Designs (48038) Iliad Designs is a producer of decals, colour charts and books from Canada's capital city Ottawa. This sheet sees them continue their line of Air National Guard Mustangs. Following WWII there were many surplus P-51 aircraft with many being passed down to State Air National Guard units. The now third in line sheet gives the modeller another choice of 4 ANG aircraft, all of these are in NMF with the state markings. The four are; 484986 from the 187th FS, Wyoming National Guard with a yellow checker tail and the state seal. 511385 from the California Air National Guard. This features the rare State Bear on the fuselage. 511380 from the 197th FS, Arizona Air National Guard, with the Sqn markings over the state seal. 473348 from the Ohio National guard, not mush to this one apart from the ONG markings. Aside from being an interesting collection of schemes, the decals themselves look to be of very good quality. The printing is crisp and sharp, while colours are bold and solid. They look thin and glossy on the sheet, so they should perform well. Conclusion This interesting sheet is nicely printed. If you have any of the great new, or even older tool Mustang kits, then this sheet will enable you to produce a range of aircraft with interesting variation in markings as used by the ANG Post War. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. I'll jump in with the Lift Here Models 1/72 Piper Enforcer, which started out as the Cavalier Mustang, an aircraft created for the COIN or counter-insurgency mission. It began as a creation of Dave Lindsay, owner of Cavalier Aircraft, but as his company was too small to mass produce the design, it was sold to Piper Aircraft around 1970. Not to be confused with the earlier Cavalier Turbo Mustang III, which used a Rolls-Royce Dart 519 engine, the PA-48 Enforcers used the Lycoming T-55-L-9 turbo. While never accepted for manufacture, they were still 19% ACTUAL Mustang, and they looked like a Mustang! As of now the fuse halves and cockpit stuff have been sawed from sprues, soaked in Green Stuff cleaner, and primed with Alclad II grey primer. They await December 14th! Ed
  9. A happy new year to you all (if it's not too late to say that)! I thought I would greet the new year by starting a new build and scanning the stash my eye was caught by this (apologies for the cat which is aftermarket and not included in the box): It's an Aldi purchase from a couple of years ago. I have been unexpectedly excited by the revelation that Arma are about to bring out a new P51B/C so I thought it would be nice to have a go at what seems to be one of the better 1/72 examples of the Mustang currently available. I started my research for the build by trying to establish the colours of the cockpit, wheel wells and other interior bits and discovered that I had opened a can of worms of considerable size. I sometimes wonder, is there a World War 2 aircraft on any side where the manufacturers left comprehensive documentation on which colour each component of the aircraft should be painted, supported by contemporary colour photographs and films? Eventually, I decided to go with a mixture of Tamiya XF-3 and XF-5 for the cockpit interior green with XF-4 representing Yellow Zinc Chromate primer on most of the rest of interior. This may, or may not be correct depending on when this particular P51D was produced but it's close enough for me. Of course I didn't have most of these colours in my collection so there was an unavoidable delay while I procured them via the click and collect service of my LMS. Somehow an Airfix 1/72 Typhoon (1940s vintage) fell into the basket at the same time. Shocking. For some reason, probably hanging out in too many @CedB builds, I decided that this pony would feature a pilot. This is something I almost never do after the childhood trauma I suffered when my younger, figure mad, brother would regularly crack off the (inevitably glue fume clouded) canopies of my latest masterpieces to get at the intrepid aviators within, but time (rather too much of it to be honest) heals all wounds. To be frank, I think I decided to go down this path because I couldn't be bothered scratching belts for the seats. Anyway, here is the bold flyboy after some initial painting: Look at that manspreading! For the base blue coat, I used a Humbrol enamel which I had picked up at the same time as an Airfix 1/48 Hurricane. Too late, I remembered that I really hate the smell of enamel paint The Hurricane was actually a Sea Hurricane so the colour was probably more suited to a matlow's trews. Still, with the canopy closed, who's going to notice? A question for any P51 experts who may be passing. For this build I am stealing blind from being inspired by @Cookenbacher's eponymous build of the same kit. As part of this, he filled in a lot of the panel lines on the wings as this was apparently done for Natural Metal machines. My question is: would this also have been done for the painted examples in use by the RAF? Thanks for reading, Craig.
  10. Cavalier F-51D Mustang/Mustang 2 Conversion Kit 1:32 Halberd Models for Tamiya Kit After WWII, the P-51 Mustang continued to serve with the US Air Force for a while as their standard fighter, although with every day it became more out-dated due to the headlong rush of aviation technology after the advent of jet propulsion and the race to break the sound barrier. By 1957 the last Mustang left service, and North American sold the intellectual rights to the design to Trans Florida Aviation Inc., who intended to create a high-speed executive transport by taking surplus airframes and rebuilding them as an improved two-seat civilian aircraft. The initial Cavalier Mustangs were stripped and rebuilt without their military equipment, but apart from their livery and the taller rudder fin, they were visually almost indistinguishable from the old warhorse. They were well-appointed, with new avionics and luxury interiors, were powered by an improved Merlin engine, and were available with various-sized fuel capacities that gave a range from 750 up to 2,500 miles. Around 20 were made of the initial mark, then the Mark II was designed, with tip-tanks for extra range and various structural and avionics improvements. It was also outfitted with hard-points for weapons, and another boost to the power of the Merlin engine. Some of these were sold to Asian and South American countries, where some El Salvadoran airframes took part in the Soccer War. During this period Cavalier were actively courting the US Air Force trying to sell them the improved airframe as a Counter Insurgency (COIN) or Close Air Support (CAS) platform, but they weren’t biting, so sales were small to other customers. Soon after they chopped off the Merlin and replaced it with a Dart 510 turboprop, again from Rolls-Royce, although they had really wanted a Lycoming engine. It reduced the maintenance burden and was more gutsy and fuel efficient, but they still couldn’t get the US government interested. The design with the preferred Lycoming turboprop engine replacing the Dart was sold to Piper, and became the PA-48 Enforcer, but only four were made and shared so few parts with the original Mustang that there was little in the way of cost-savings by using existing parts. Only two of the four survived the years in between, and are to be found in US museums. Many of the original Cavalier Mustangs were converted back to their original specification when Warbirds and heritage flights became popular. The Conversion For this conversion set you get a replacement cockpit floor; replacement Seat head rest; replacement part for the rear of the canopy; a new propeller hub, and cuffed blades (plus a jig to attach the blades); new tip tanks, new wing drop tanks and their mounts; new underwing racks, new underwing rocket stub attachment points; and for the tail new aerials and the fin tip. You get a full set of instructions printed in colour on both sides of two pages of A4, plus three pages of profiles for the four decal options, including the undersides on the back page. The conversion begins with cutting off the head armour and headrest from the seat, then adding these to the new cockpit floor. The tip of the rudder and fin get the chop, and are replaced by the new fin-tip, with a pair of large swept blade antennae inserted into holes in the fin on both sides. For the canopy the rear brace is not used and a new part for the rear of the canopy goes in. The new propeller is made up from the central hub and four new cuffed blades. A Jig is provided for this to do one blade at a time. The lower wing will need a set of holes drilling if you are fitting either the resin pylons for decal option 4, or the rocket stubs for Options 1 and 2. All dimensions for these are given in the plans. Again, for markings option 4, you will need to remove the original wingtips from the finished wings and use the resin tip-tanks, which have separate nose cones and a tiny resin vent on the top, with the kit tip lights slipped into a hole in the outer sides. While this conversion is designed for the Tamyia kit I am hopeful it will fit the new Revell kit due out later this year. Markings As already mentioned, there are four decal options, three of which are F-51D Mustangs, the last an F-51D Mustang 2 with the tip tanks, which happens to be my favourite option, other than the Enforcer. From the box you can build one of the following: Cavalier Mustang F-51D US Air Force Sarasota, Florida, 1968 Cavalier Mustang F-51D Bolivian Air Force, 1971 Cavalier Mustang F-51D Bolivian Air Force, 1972 Cavalier Mustang F-51D Mk.2, Fuerza Aérea Salvadoreña, El Salvador, 1969/70 The decals are printed anonymously with good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion We have been wishing for a good Cavalier Mustang conversion for a while now, and this set ticks all of the boxes, with a generous four decal options into the bargain. Based upon the excellent Tamiya kit, it doesn’t get much better. Very highly recommended. Halberd are currently marketing their products via eBay, so the links below lead to their site. Conversion Review sample courtesy of
  11. Next Kovozávody Prostějov - KP (http://www.kovozavody.cz/) 1/72nd kit is a new tool North American P-51B/C Mustang - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/SAMEditor1 V.P.
  12. This is the first and only car model that I have built since I got back into modeling seven years ago. I fabricated the V shaped strap for the fuel tank. It has the correct magneto and wires and extended valve cover breathers. The wheels are correct for the 71 version of this car. I also added the fire extinguishers. The model, posed in front of a period magazine with the Blue Max on the cover.
  13. Thanks "hawkeye" Tbolt (link) ! Is Eduard to release soon a new tool (?) 1/72nd North American P-51D kit? Let's have a look at page 52 of this month Eduard Info Vol.20 May 2021. Source: https://www.eduard.com/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2021/info-eduard-2021-05-enrr.pdf V.P.
  14. Model number 3 - firstly - loved this model!! - detail and general build of this kit is excellent - highly recommended! With my list of modelling tools steadily building and my confidence growing i was excited to build this kit - first time using the pre-painted and etched detailing kits from Eduard, bit of a learning curve but 10x better that the supplied decals - i do recall having an issue with the yellow wing/tail tips - the vallejo paint just didn't go on well, it seemed to be quite translucent so i ended up brushing on some spare acrylic so you can see its quite thick! if anyone could recommend a good yellow airbrush paint i'd appreciate it. - again went for a weathered look - mixed my own panel liner for this one, worked rather well - let me know what you think.
  15. I bought this kit back in 2018 (I believe I even made a topic here asking for advice regarding ICM's Mustang). I began building the kit as soon as I got home, but was disappointed because of the poor fit of the fuselage and cockpit, so I left it inside my spares box. Fast forward to April 2021 (Tuesday 13/4/21), while being bored, I remembered I had this kit, so I pulled it out and decided to build it. I'm pretty pleased of how it came out. I used Tamiya decals.
  16. This isn't my usual scale, but I am honoured to have built this for a friend who's father flew this aircraft (amongst others). The Tamiya kit is sublime and as usual I have used MRP paints for this. This particular aircraft is depicted as pretty much brand new, on delivery.
  17. P-51D Cockpit Sets & Masks (for Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Eduard’s new Mustang kits are growing in number, and their recent Weekend edition (84172) is just one of many. If you’ve changed your mind and decided that you want to augment the detail, then now’s your chance. Two sets of mask and Photo-Etch (PE) for that kit, and some new SPACE 3D Printed sets for the -10 and -15+ blocks, which bring the latest technology in 3D printing on decal paper to the fray, coupled with a sheet of PE that complements their detail. P-51D-5 Weekend Zoom! (FE1141) This set contains one pre-painted nickel-plated fret of PE that holds a complete replacement instrument panel as a lamination of three printed parts; a leather(?) pouch behind the pilot’s head armour; a set of four-point seatbelts; a substantial upgrade of the instruments and equipment in the fuselage sidewalls; a grille and splitter for the radiator intake on the exterior, details for the ends of the flaps; patch under the intake; a stay for the cooling flap; openers for the tail wheel well; a template to scribe a panel under the wing; anti-sway braces for the pylons; perforated spacer for the lower lip of the canopy, plus a ring-and-bead sight as back-up for the gunsight. Masks (EX740) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape (not pictured), these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition, you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the tail-wheel, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, as well as masks for the gunsight lens and landing light. P-51D-10 SPACE 3D Printed Cockpit Set (3DL48003) Part of Eduard’s new range of combination 3D Printed decals with a pre-painted PE sheet to complement the details. The 3D Printed sheet contains a brand-new one-piece instrument panel with glossy dial faces plus a substantial number of dials, smaller panels and a bunch of small placards. The PE set has a set of four-point seatbelts; levers for the throttle quadrant; ring-and-bead backup sights and sway braces for the wing pylons. P-51D-15+ SPACE 3D Printed Cockpit Set (3DL48004) Part of Eduard’s new range of combination 3D Printed decals with a pre-painted PE sheet to complement the details. The 3D Printed sheet contains a brand-new one-piece instrument panel with glossy dial faces plus a substantial number of dials, smaller panels and a bunch of small placards. The PE set has a set of four-point seatbelts; levers for the throttle quadrant; ring-and-bead backup sights and sway braces for the wing pylons. If you’re wondering if you’re reading the same paragraph twice, I can assure you that you aren’t. The difference between the two sets is slight though, with some changes to dials on a couple of parts being the only difference between them. They are different however, and it’s entirely appropriate to have the two sets. Conclusion Excellent detail throughout, and if you have buyer’s remorse about the level of detail in your Weekend kit, those extra sets are going to save your bacon. The 3D Printed panels lend themselves well to the layered look of WWII aircraft, and the end result is realistic, with little effort needed to apply them. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Edge

    1/72 RAF Mustang III

    Hi All I'm planning to build an RAF Mustang III from the KP kit fairly soon & have started a little research & have got together some extras to add to the build. I'm thinking of building an aircraft based in Peterhead/Dallachy that was used to escort the strike wings on their raids in the Norwegian Fjords. Probably settled on YT-N from 65 squadron with white nose/spinner or, if I'm feeling brave, something from 315 squadron with black/yellow stripes on the spinner and nose (masking nightmare!). One of the photographs in 'A Separate Little War' shows a pile of 108 gallon fuel tanks "ready to be fitted to 315 squadron Mustang IIIs", so I am assuming these could have been used by any of the escorting Mustang squadrons to extend their range and would like to add a pair to my build. They're a completely different shape (and size) to the 'normal' Mustang drop tanks, so would add a little extra to the build. The problem is that I can't find any! Freightdog used to sell as set, but they're out of stock. I have emailed them to ask if another production run is likely, but no reply so far. Does anyone know of another producer?? Edge
  19. F-6D Cockpit (648600 for Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Eduard’s new Reconnaissance Mustang, the F-6D went under the microscope here, and now we have a finely detailed resin cockpit to augment the already impressive detail you’ll find in the kit. As is now usual with Eduard's larger resin sets, they arrive in the new deep Brassin cardboard box, with the resin parts safely cocooned in bags, a foam sheet in the bottom and the instructions folded around acting as padding. Inside the box are forty-three resin parts of various sizes, a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) that has been nickel-plated and pre-printed, a sheet of decals and a slip of clear acetate with the gunsight glazing shape printed on. The instruction booklet tells you in large red letters to check the table of alternative parts before proceeding, as there are five variations possible with the parts provided, depending on which block P-51D airframe your decal choice was based upon. Get that set in your mind before you continue, perhaps adding notes to the instructions yourself. It’s also worthy of note that there isn’t a pre-printed PE instrument panel in this set, but there are a host of decals for the instruments and placards, which you apply along the way toward a complete cockpit. Construction begins with the necessary removal of kit parts, which is surprisingly simple, although there will be a lot of plastic consigned to the parts bin in their entirety once you are finished. The cockpit floor gets cut almost in half at the step, and has two raised sections removed from the remaining part, while the fuel tank under the radio needs two small segments removing from the forward part to accommodate the details on the sidewalls later on. Two tiny pieces are removed from the port sidewall too. Now the seat is made up using the pre-printed PE 4-point seatbelts, PE support braces, and a choice of three headrests that attach to the seat armour/mount part. The instrument panel has three main configurations, with five further options for the centre panel, which is where many of the alternate parts come into play. Once complete and painted, the decals are applied, followed by the various PE “sticky-out” bits that are present. The new forward floor is highly detailed and is attached to the front of the remaining plastic floor after being fitted out with the control stick, the kit fuel tank, some black-boxes behind the pilot’s seat, and the seat itself. The radio gear is also installed on a support frame, then fitted to the top of the fuel tank, which has filler and level indicators glued in, with a tiny decal for the dial on the level gauge. You’ll need to find a short length of 0.2mm wire to link up with the floor-mounted repeated gauge, which also has its own decal. More wire is routed through the radio pallet, with a concertina tube up each side behind the seat, then it’s on to the sidewalls. The resin sidewall parts are well detailed to begin with, but they are both augmented with resin and PE parts, as well as having their own painting and decaling diagrams to complete the task. The result will be an exceptionally well-detailed pair of sidewalls, with a choice of variant specific instruments, providing you follow the instructions properly. The new resin gunsight has its glass replicated by a piece of acetate sheet, with a tiny pre-painted PE instrumentation cluster on the left, and a back-up ring-and-bead sight on the right of the unit. It fits into the underside of the kit coaming, and is joined by the other kit instruments that are stashed there, then has the new resin rudder pedals inserted into the back of the instrument panel on pegs, with the coaming fitting from above, and the result cross-checked with the side profile diagram supplied. The cockpit and sidewalls are brought together to create a tub, then the fuselage is closed around them and the coaming, kit deck and a new resin lightened canopy stiffener are added to finish the set off. Conclusion A super-detailed set for a super model of a legend of the skies. Excellent use of resin to improve a focal point to your model, with a wide choice of options from the various originator types. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Hello gents and ladies! A fella gifted me Airfix's 48th scale P-51D. (The bozooka carrying one, I dropped its link below) I will receive it within a week. I had read that to increase speed, wing upper panels were filled on some planes. I wonder if my plane had filled panels or not. I appreciate if someone can enlight me. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/airfix-a05131-north-american-p-51d-mustang--1015635 Regards from cold Ankara. Cheers.
  21. Hello All This is my latest build, the 1/48 Airfix Mustang Mk IV Painted mainly with Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium & Silver plus various Tamiya acrylics for details. Weathered with Flory washes and Abteilung 502 oils. Thanks for looking Cheers Steve
  22. Hi, The third (and last for a while) of my models, which is a vintage since it is 40 years old and which I refreshed a bit during last week-end. it is P 51 B Mustang, done from a Monagram's racer set (in box besides P 51 there was also a F8F Bearcat). The plastic of model was bright red (!). The Bearcat went to people but P 51 stayed with me for 40 years, as I said already. The painting scheme is fameous Shangri-La of Don Gentile, 336th Sq, 8th Army USAAF, UK 1944. Decals by ESCI. The MGs are from needles for injection - this was my routine already in 1977... During last week-end, after gently cleaning I replaced US Insignia which became very dark and refreshed white strips which were too gray-brown - like a collar on shirt after too long wearing Next was fresh cover of varnish... Below is result. Comments welcome Cheers Jerzy-Wojtek
  23. My next build is a factory sealed Monogram P-51B: This was a "sorry I goofed up your order" gift from an ebay vendor. I initially wasn't too interested because of the raised detail and all, but now I think I can tackle it and maybe do it a little justice. I'm not a rescriber -- it just looks terrible when I do it, so I have other plans, but more on that later. Can you imagine spending 99 cents on a model? I felt weird taking the shrink wrap off what I figured to be about a 45 year old kit. But, I did it and here's what I was greeted with when opening the box: I remember I had that same catalog when I was a kid! My dad gave it to me after one of his Monogram builds. Now I don't know when the kit came out, but it was probably pretty close to this: So that means the plastic in this box hasn't seen the light of day for around 45 years! I was amazed that decals were just about perfect, even though I won't be using them. So, I have done this kit before. When I was 12 or 13 I swiped it from my Dad's stash, along with the aftermarket decals he bought for it, and created this... erm.... "masterpiece"... That wasn't the first time I'd done "Shangri-la" either -- I'd swiped my Dad's Revell 1/32 P-51B which had "Shangri-la" as the scheme. So, my plan is to make a replacement using these decals: After that I will probably take the old kit, strip it down and re-make it with some other decals I have. Anyway... after that long preamble... The first step I plan to do on this build is to do something about the wheel wells, as seen here on the old model: I will attempt to scratch build some better looking wheel wells. BTW, does anyone know what those tabs sticking out around the opening are? It seems like they would interfere with the gear door.
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