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  1. Hi all, Another pony heads out of stable for your delectation. She is, as you can see, adorned in the markings of the Fuerza Aerea Guatemalteca (the Guatemalan Air Force) as she was when operating in the mid-1950s. Specifically she is “FAG 315” (ex- 44-74902) and is reported in some records as being ex-Nicaraguan. She went on to be one of the last Mustangs to operate in Guatemala and was sold in the US in 1974 as N38227. She spent many, many years in a cosy barn on the ranch of Conny Edwards in Texas and eventually was the last of the 1974 purchase to hit the market. This was only relatively recently. I am building her again in later markings, pre-US. https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/barn-find-p-51-mustang-for-sale-4-5-million.html Courtesy: Dan Hagerdorn "North American F-51 Mustangs in Latin American Service" The Guatemalans applied a number of different colour and marking schemes to their Mustangs and various photos show FAG 315 in around half a dozen. This one shows a late 1950s scheme with the “FAG” Owl badge alongside. At other times she carried an Aztec marking. Later these badges were dropped. What did I use? 1. Kit – Tamiya P-51D Mustang 1/72 (49), with some F-51D parts added 2. Decals – Aztec “Mayan Gods” set (72-012). Thanks @busnproplinerfan 3. Aftermarket/other – only the underwing tanks, which were taken from a HobbyBoss F4U-1 as a cheap way of getting something close to what I needed 4. Paints – Humbrol Enamels – Polished Aluminium (27002), Polished Steel (27003), Matt Black, Insignia Yellow, Interior Green, a mix of Blues (89) and (104) for the tail markings and others Weathering etc, Prismacolor Silver pencil (canopy framing etc) I hope you're not too bored of my Mustngs yet.... Martin
  2. Hi all, This is my first ever Group Build. I was encouraged to do so by fellow BMers and naturally it follows a current build programme of Mustangs. For this build I will, again, be using the Tamiya kit. I know, it has some errors but these are few and the build is great. For me this is a bonus as I intersperse other less-perfect builds amongst them. It will be Out-of-the-Box except I will use Airfix flaps to get the dropped stance and aftermarket decals. The latter will be from Aztec. However, using the decals will be as far as I go as the colour profiles in the set are inaccurate. For those who dont know the machine or the scheme, this is her when she arrived back in the USA: Photo: public domain However, more recently she was shown as below, claiming to be in the original condition. Clearly not! I reckon she was repainted in FAG colours: https://www.facebook.com/108256604668/posts/we-recently-pulled-p-51d-n38227-out-of-the-hangar-for-the-first-time-in-30-years/10155485854369669/ Here is another photo of her from the same "Barn Find" period: Very different from the first image. My build will not have the "badge" which, I undertand, is not Guatemalan. I will attempt to get the colours faded as best as my old hands will do so. I chose this machine because I have a parallel non-GB build nearly finished of FAG 315 earlier in her career. FAG 315 "N38227" is the last of the FAG machines to get sold within the US. For many years she languished in a hangar in Texas while her stable mates were sold off. See you on the GB soon. Martin
  3. Morning all! Here is my latest roll out. She is the third (of ten, currently) in the line of F-51s that I have either partially built, painted or planned. Apparent to everyone is that she is not a regular operational machine. She formed part of the “Los Cofres” display and demonstration team of the Fuerza Aerea Guatemalteca (Guatemalan Air Force) that flew from La Aurora Airfield in the mid-1950s. She was acquired in 1954 and history seems to record that she was lost at some point in Costa Rica. The build is based around the Tamiya kit, offering me relatively easy builds so that I can get the volume through the paint shop. It is, though, a great kit and although it has some errors it is a pleasure to build. Like the previous Bolivian I dropped the flaps by using spare Airfix flaps. The challenge here was really the masking of the nose area. The contours clearly demand more than simple straight strips of tape. My method was to cut and apply each “square” separately. The colours are probably not entirely accurate. I have, however, researched as best as I can, including support from a couple of the South American/Central American aviation and modelling forums and produced what is probably a compromise. There are some things that I know to be correct – the overall natural metal (rather than the white shown in a couple of retouched photos), the lack of "dark" underside to the rear fuselage (applies the "306" at least _ have a photo, the larger version of the “FAG” lettering (see below) and the layout of the red striping and chevrons (also see below). The recent ArmyCast release for a “Los Cofres” machine (number “342”) shows differences. However, Youtube clips and various images show a different layout from theirs. I’m happy with my decision, right or wrong. See that she also had white prop tips – or at least it looks like that in the YouTube clip. You can see the larger “FAG, and the red chevrons in these shots: What did I use? Kit – Tamiya F-51D (54) Decals – Home printed serial, “FAG” and unit/team badge (thanks @timmas for drawing this). ArmyCast set for the mainwheel door lightning bolts and “squiggles”. Paints – Humbrol Hetalcote Polished Aluminium (27002), Matt blue (25), Insignia Red (153), Matt White (34), Matt Black (33), Blue (89)+(104) mix for the rudder stripes, Interior Green (226) and others. The final coat is Humbrol Satincote. Eduard canopy paint mask. Weathering/Panels – Flory Dirt, Tamiya Weathering Powders and Prismacolor Silver pencil. Here she is: I hope you like her. Martin
  4. Hello modellers, I would like to share another project finished yesterday. This time is an T-33A Shooting Star made from the old Hasegawa kit. It depicts a plane from the Guatemalan aerobatic team “Quetzales”. Originally I wanted to use the Microscale decal sheet for the build, but after all the refenrences provided by fellow Britmodeller Luis Alfonso, I ended with custom printed decals as the purchased sheet was lacking some markings and especially the national insignia was much too light. Apart from the decals, I made several improvements on the Hasegawa kit. Rescribing turned out very difficult because of the hard polystyrene they used and the age of the kit. As I got the kit second hand, the tip tanks and intakes were already glued - very deeply into the fuselage which made a lot of filling and sanding necessary. The nose landing gear is very fragile and I replaced it completely, using only the wheel and scratchbuilding the rest from needles and sprue. Other improvements were the two guns in the nose made from hypodermic needles and the device on the tail for the smoke which was made from brass sheet, brass tubing and silver rod. Two wing pylons were made from styrene sheet, too. The wheel wells and airbrakes were also improved with styrene sheet, sprue and metal rod . Pilots in the cockpit are from the Revell sets, the others from Hasegawa. Paints used were Humbrol polished aluminium, polished steel and decanted silver chrome. For the gloss coat, I used Gauzy shine enhancer. Finally I have to say that I have really enjoyed this “over-the-pond- project with Luis Alfonso doing the research and me doing the building. Mario
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