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  1. Another market tester, the cheap and cheerful Airfix 1/72 P-51D, which could be had for as little as £2.99 recently. The decals were from an ancient 15 year old Hasegawa kit and were headed for the bin until the miser in me kicked in, apart from needing a new bogus tail code due to some ill advised Daco Red all was well. Paint is Alclad and Mr Color as usual, along with my no hole magnetic stand. No aerial wires and pitot left off as this is a "to be posted" item but a personal one would have got some Uschi "rig that thing" fine that looks right in this scale. Only thing that needed effort were the guns which are Albion tube. So number 12 for 2019 and 2 already for July, loving my build fever right now. As I can't get up any enthusiasm for building anything for the display cabinet, these one-a-week builds are keeping my modelling skills honed til inspiration strikes me and I finish my 1/72 'Nam Spook thats been sat forlornly since March. Mind you would be nice to finish at least 25 1/72 airplanes this year.... WIP here: And beauty shots here: Thanks for tuning in. Cheers Anil
  2. Andre B

    P-51D "Dappy VI"

    The old Hasegawa P-51D 1/72 kit has decals for an aircraft from 339 FW flewn by Col. William C. Clark and named Dappy VI. I can't find any information about this aircraft nor any pictures of it or the kit with mentioned decals. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/hasegawa-a16-mustang-p-51d-north-american--158278 Or did Hasegawa and Scalemates get it wrong about the name of the aircraft an FW? Happy IV or... ? Someone who knews? Cheers / André
  3. Meng is to release a " cement-free assembly" 1/48th North American P-51D Mustang kit - ref. LS-006 As original as a new tool 1/48th Bf.109, Spifire or Fw.190 kit... Be more ambitious: think about a family of 1/48th N.A. F-82 Twin Mustang! Sources: http://www.meng-model.com/new.php?id=664 https://www.facebook.com/195290177250981/photos/a.200850930028239.42784.195290177250981/1093237537456236/?type=3&theater Eduard 1/48th Mustang family in project... http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234974169-148-north-american-p-51-mustang-family-long-term-project-by-eduard/ HobbyBoss easy assembly Mustang: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234922415-p-51d-mustang-iv-hobby-boss-148/ V.P.
  4. Hello, The old Lindberg "Bomber Escort", an P-51D Mustang (probably the very first P-51D in1/72) was marked VF-L with serial number 317926. Was this an real aircraft or just an fictional marking made by Lindberg? It seems that Lindberg saw what was comming and didn't want to pay any royalties to Boeing by not naming their kit as an P-51D Mustang. https://www.oldmodelkits.com/index.php?detail=23976&page=1&manu=lindberg Picture's of the Lindberg "Bomber Escort" can be seen att IPMS Stockholm. https://www.ipmsstockholm.se/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9533&p=87124#p87124 Cheers / André
  5. Several 357th FG P-51Ds from the first two Inglewood-built batches (NA-109 c/n 26896...28485 or P-51D-5NA 44-13253...14052 and P-51D-10NA 44-14053...14852) are commonly shown as camouflaged in OD/NG - sometimes even with white identification stripes across the wings. The best known examples are: 4-13691 PassionWagon, 4-14709 MissouriArmada and 4-14798 ButchBaby from the 362nd FS 4-13518 HorsesItch, 4-13714 DesertRat, 4-13717 ReluctantRebel and 4-14450 OldCrow from the 363rd FS 4-13318 Frenesi and 4-14507 Tangerine from the 364th FS First question is whether were they (and 1588 other D-5 & 10NA a/c) factory-painted in OD/NG like most of the P-51B/Cs or have all the teardrop-Mustangs for the USAAF left the factory in NMF ? If it was a factory finish then everything is clear, but if they were delivered in NMF and matt painting was the 357th FG tactical "therapy" applied in the UK it seems hard to believe that original US colours were applied there. For the topsides the RAF Dark Green (just a little bit greenish than OD, but far from from the US Medium Green) looks more probable, but what about the undersides? If the colour was so dark that white stripes were used (and not black ones like on the NMF P-51D wings) was it Ocean Grey, Dark Sea Grey or Extra Dark Sea Grey? IIRC all three were substituted with FS36118 NG on the US-built aircraft destined for Britain. The contrast of white stripes on Sea Grey Medium seems too weak... Cheers Michael
  6. Hello, When building the P-51D Mustang in 1/72 with Peddinghouse decals I discovered that this aircraft according to Peddinghaus had smaller stars n bars on the wings than other P-51D during the same period. Actually smaller than the ensignia on the fuselage sides. Is this correct and was it common? It looks strange as all stars n bars where painted before delivery... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Peddinghaus-1-72-P-51D-20NA-Mustang-Sunny-VIII-Markings-Everett-Stewart-2570-/171167353048 http://wingstracksguns.com/dt_gallery/north-american-p-51-mustang/p-51-sunny-viii/ Cheers / André
  7. Barracuda Studios is to re-release a 1:48 P-51D decal sheet with markings for five aircraft: 1) P-51D-20-NA "Double Trouble Two," 353rd Fighter Group, 352nd Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force Flown by Lt. Colonel “Wild” Bill Bailey. 2) P-51D-15-NA Mustang “The Millie G,” 55th Fighter Group, 343rd Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force Flown by Major Edward Giller. 3) P-51D-15-NA Mustang “Amorous Len III,” 357th Fighter Group, 363rd Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force Flown by Captain Reager. Yoxford Airfield, England, 1944-45. This fictional airplane can be easily adapted by the clever modeler to represent another well known aircraft. 4) P-51D-5-NA Mustang “Lou IV," 361st Fighter Group, 375th Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force Flown by Lt. Col. Thomas Christian. 5) P-51D-15-NA Mustang “Alabama Rammer Jammer” 353rd Fighter Group, 352nd Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force Flown by Lt. Arthur Cundy. According to www.1999.co.jp/eng/, the decal sheet is to be released in January 2019, but it's been on preorder since November 22. Wanting to get my hands on the markings for "Amorous Len III," I went and preordered (first time in my life) the decal sheet from Barracuda Studios website for 11.95$ plus 8$ for shipping. Recommended kits are the Hasegawa and Tamiya P-51Ds in 1:48. Link to to the Barracuda website: http://barracudacals.com/proddetail.php?prod=BC48011 Link to www.1999.co.jp/eng/ website: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/m/10157689 Link to Hannants website: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/BC48011
  8. Hello. Wonder, is there any 1/72 decals available today for Airfix first P-51D Mustang? https://www.oldmodelkits.com/index.php?detail=17036&manu=Airfix What I understand the real aircraft had an blue nose and D-day markings. Yellow rudder? http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/18399 It could be fun building an new P-51D with the markings of one of the first P-51D kits... Cheers / André
  9. Here's my entry to the GB. The recent new tool Airfix P-51D based in India so it ties in i think with the SEA (?) section. The Mustang wasn't prevalent in the Pacific until nearer the end of the war and was better known in the ETO. It is also rarer to see a Mustang with the Bazooka tubes, and according to references i have seen on the net this aircraft was definitively armed with them. Box Top and scheme photos.. More to follow shortly, thanks for looking, Cheers Greg
  10. Hi all. My previous 9 builds has all been some sort of camo scheme, so it's time for a bare metal subject. And since I always have room for another Mustang, that's what I'll do. However I couldn't decide which Mustang to do for my next build, so I'll just do them all! I have to warn you, this isn't going to be a very fast build as I have few other non-modelling related things on my plate at the moment. Ok, so here's what I've got I also have some aftermarket and spare decals Microscale and spare decals from the Italeri F-51D kit and of course, the decals that comes with these kits Academy usually has superb quality decals - just kidding Luckily these looks printed okay. I have academy sheets where the red circle in the RAF roundel isn't anywhere near the centre And the Airfix decals. Looks perfect as usual So it seems I still have some choices to make. Here's some photographs of the possible subjects The Airfix F-51D. The OOB option looks really great. But I also have this F-51 option from the Microscale sheet Pretty sure I'll go for the OOB option As for the P-51D's, I haven't built the OOB option yet. I don't think it's the prettiest Mustang scheme ever, but a blue nosed Mustang would bring some diversity to my Mustang collection... But, I have this option from the Microscale sheet I think I'll go for "Jan". I also the the "wildcard" option of going for a RAF Mustang Some camo might help break all the silver from the bare metal Mustangs in my production line. Hmmm, choices.... Moving to the P-51C Mustang. The Academy kit gives 3 options. I won't go for the Chinese one, so that leaves two viable options Wow! Isn't she a beaut!? The 530th FS option (top of the 3) doesn't look bad, but the 5th FS (yellow tail) just looks so racy. There's no choice here. To make it a little more interesting, I also have these Unfortunately not enough for all 3 kits, so yet more decisions. Looks like deciding to build all 3 Mustangs didn't make for any easier choices.... Well that's it for now. Next I'll share the mandatory sprue shots. Cheers Jimmy
  11. I thought some of you might enjoy watching this short video that celebrated Chuck Hall's last airshow appearance with the USAF Heritage Flight. As you can see, his flying is as smooth as glass, as I can also attest, having had the pleasure to have seen him perform at two different airshows. The F-22 pilot in the video is Max Moga, who also flies with the Horseman P-51 Mustang team. It is a shame that the USAF has curtailed so many of the Heritage Flight appearances due to budget cuts, as it was always a thrill and a wonderful tribute to see fighters of so many different eras together. This one's for you, @Old Viper Tester! Mike https://vimeo.com/98664563
  12. Hey Guys, you know what this GB needs ? A bronze painted Mustang with go faster stripes and a prop painted the colours of the rainbow. Lucky for y'all, I got here just in time fill this gaping void. So here's the obligatory sprue shot: And some naff Red Pegasus ALPS decals that might work (+ some very dark looking Mr Paint bronze). When its done , at least Ol' Yeller will have a buddy, its lonely on his shelf... Its a light conversion compared to the BF109V14 I'm just about to finish: Removal of guns & radio, clipped concave wing tips & elevators, a funky new aerial and finally an uncuffed prop from the dozen or so F-51s I picked up at Home Bargains a few years back in 2016 I did the same kit as Bob Hoovers ( now solitary) Cavalier Reno start plane and remember it had no vices apart from the annoying canopy with a separate frame which drove me nuts as I had to remove the brace and the clear bit wouldn't line up. Still it should be hoot and something you don't see every day! Cheers Anil
  13. Edit: After completing this, I've continued building more Mustangs - rather than spamming the forum with several threads, I just keep using this. Another "return to the hobby thread". First some manners by presenting myself, since this is my first post in this forum. I'm from Sweden, stopped modelling when I became a teenager - now I am middle-aged (<-first admittance of said fact) and have a 5-year old son to whom I recently bought a model. We built it together and I think I enjoyed it even more than he did. He was hooked though, so I bought him another, one of the new Airfix Mustangs. But this time he didn't let me help him! Not a bit! My fingers were itching, so I bought one more for dad, which will be the subject of this thread The kit is the new P-51D from Airfix (box art below). It depicts a P51D-10-NA with serial number 44-14207, as flown by Lt Eugene James of 352nd FG, 328th FS. Code PE-E, nickname Rose Marie (James's girl?) AND Kelly Kid 2 on the opposite side (apparently some relative of the crew chief). Several images are available here: http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=352 It's completely different hobby now, thanks to the advent of the internet and modern machining. So much information... almost overload. Last time I built a model I had access to exactly two books with colour profiles in the library. Decided to write this log in the hope I could get some feedback and to have a log to get back to - if not for anything else than as a reminder on what not to do I aim for historical accuracy, as I see models as little windows to the past, so any correction or criticism is appreciated. I've started already, assembled cockpit and fuselage. I built Airfix's blue-nosed mustang sometime in the 80s or 90s, but that was something different. The level of detail and fit of the pieces in this upgraded kit is fantastic. Anyhow I added some bits and pieces. Fuselage assembled - no gaps at all. Leaving the propeller until later probably makes for easier build and painting, but I feel something is amiss if it doesn't spin.
  14. Concerning the IDF-lights on starbord wing I noticed that those lights often interfere with the stars and bars on the same place according to instructions. What would be correct? /André
  15. So after kick starting my modelling again with a little 1/72 Fw-190 I've decided to tackle one of the 1/48 scale planes in my stash. I'm using Tamiya's well regarded 1/48 scale P-51D kit. I'll be using some third party decals (From Lifelike Decals) to represent the particular aircraft in question (linked below to avoid any copyright issues) http://www.warbirdregistry.org/p51registry/images/p51-4463807-2.jpg So last year I built up a Spitfire Mk1 with a lot of effort put into scratch built detailing and I'm aiming to do the same here. The Tamiya kit is quite simple out of the box surprisingly. I started with the cockpit as per generally accepted practice... There is good detail here but plenty of scope for improvement. Most of the detail is actually molded into the fuselage sides, as such suffers from being quite shallow. Using a pile of reference pictures I found on the net of some hyper detailed flight sim models (they obviously did their research) I set about improving the overall 3D look of the cockpit and adding various missing details and doodads. I felt a bit apprehensive at first carving away the nicely molded (if shallow) detail but soon got into the swing of it. I made decision to stick with the relatively shallow looking sidewall structure though, as trying to fix it would require cutting away all the detail and starting from scratch. The goal anyway wasn't to get absolutely accurate, but at least represent the busy-ness of the real deal. The end product is probably going to be quite anachronistic with regards to the instruments anyway. Here is the right hand side sidewall. Almost all the Tamiya molded detail was cut away and replaced or modified in some way. The switches are all formed from lengths of copper wire glued into drilled holes and cut to length. The oxygen hose is a length of copper wire wrapped tightly with lead wire. There is also a little hand crank to be fitted still but I'll do that after the increasingly daunting task of painting all this up... Left sidewall. Similar story here. The jutting out thing is the flare pistol barrel, which I struggled with for a bit, it's a bit overscale overall but I'm happy with it. There is a flare case I molded from Milliput yet to be fitted. The round knobs on the throttle quadrant were also made from Milliput. Cockpit floor and IP. Oddly enough Tamiya don't provide a IP decal for the instruments. I've had to order in some Airscale 1/48 scale instruments for this, Given how long stuff takes to arrive on our shores I'll probably be held up a bit when I get to this point. And finally the missing bits off the sidewalls, the crank made out of tiny slivers and punched discs of styrene and the Milliput molded flare case. It's my first try with the stuff and an overall average effort but good enough given it's size. Next up will be the seat, rudder pedals and the area behind the cockpit with the radios and battery.
  16. Hello fellow BM's. Here she is, my latest attempt at the hobby we all cannot get enough of! May I present one North American P-51D Mustang, by Airfix and in 1/72 scale. Flown by Lt. Eugene W James. 328th Fighter Squadron. I enjoyed the plastic on this one, but I was plagued by the demons of painting NMF, whom kept me on my toes throughout the entire process. She's built out of the box with some scratch built cockpit detail around the radio equipment and wine bottle foil used for harnesses. For paint, I reached for the trusty Tamiya and my stash of AK Extreme Metals. I managed to drop her after completing most of the painting and decals which cracked the fuselage down the joins and required careful filling, sandfing, masking and repainting! Nightmare. I also managed to drop some green top Tamiya glue just aft of the radiator vent whilst securing the exhaust scoop... more repairs!! Anyway, painting process; Undercoated with Humbrol rattle can primer and buffed to as smooth a finished as I could get AK black base, then coated with AK polished aluminium Tamiya XF-16 for the wings in an attempt to replicate the painting of the real thing Tamiya XF-4 for the blue and XF-7 for the red Sealed using AK Gauzy Agent Weathered using a mixture of oils and chalk dust Hope you enjoy and critique welcome as per usual. Cheers, JB
  17. All done. I really enjoyed the build Full details and more pic's at my blog but here's some images
  18. For part of our display at Telford 2018, my IPMS Branch went mad and bought a bunch of the new Airfix Mustangs. I said I'd build one or two and this is the result. Like all of the new Airfix kits I've built the fit is tight but by making sure the mating surfaces are clean and a bit of dry fitting it went together really well and needed hardly any filler. I used the Kits World decals for a 334th Fighter Squadron machine and they and the Airfix decals performed faultlessly. I thoroughly enjoyed the build and am already planning my next one.
  19. I hope someone here can help me with this. I am sure that at one time, someone (Leading Edge, Arrow Graphics, ???) offered a 1/72 decal sheet of Post War - 1950s black code letters. I have a few sheets of numbers, but can not locate a corresponding sheet of letters. Does anyone know who or if such a decal sheet ever existed? and, if so, who made? Thanks!
  20. P-51D 250Lb bombs & Uncuffed Propeller 1:48 Eduard Brassin - For Airfix Kit Eduard offer us two new resin sets to supply 250lb bobms and a new uncuffed Propeller for the new Airfix kit. 250lb bombs (648369) These are a two bomb units with PE fins and vanes. There is also a small decal sheet with markings. Hamilton Standard Propeller (648360) This is a new Hamilton Standard replacement prop unit with uncuffed blades.. The blades are individual and seat into the top of the hub via a provided jig. When this is removed from the pour block the modeller will have to drill a locating hole in it. The unit is then fitted to the base and the spinner added. A small PE part is then fitted to the front of the spinner, as it is a small part 3 are provided as its a given the carpet monster will claim at least one! Review samples courtesy of
  21. Hi all, this is my P-51/D "Mustang" I always wanted to add this bird to my collection. I was looking for an unusually "stang" and found this "blue nose". Parts used for this model: Hasegawa P-51D True Details Cockpit Aires Wheel Bay Ultracast Porpeller Ultracast exhaust stacks Ultracast landing flaps If you want to see the built steps, please visit "Work in Progress" After all I have to say, the Hasegawa Kit is still a great kit but needs some help with the details Thanks for watching! Pete https://abload.de/img/20171111_174822z3ret.jpg
  22. P-51D Mirrors, Gunsights, and Bazookas 1:48 Eduard Brassin - For Airfix Kit Eduard offer us three new resin sets to upgrade the Rear view mirrors, gunsight, and Bazooka rocket launchers. Rear View Mirrors (648359) This set gives replacement resin mirrors for the canopy frame of the round type. Three are supplied and either one or two can be fitted. The modeller with need to check their references however as there seems to be no pattern to the fitting of these. Gunsight (648361) This is a new gunsight to replace the kit version The main body is in resin with a PE shroud and film for the actual sighting glass. Decals are also supplied for the data plates. Three units are supplied in the pack. Bazooka Rockt Launchers (648337) These are a complete set of replacement launchers for the kit. For the rear of the tubes either empty or loaded ends are available. The racks to attach to the wings are also included as are PE sway braces. Review samples courtesy of
  23. P-51D Fuel tanks 1:48 Eduard Brassin - For Airfix Kit Eduard offer us two new sets of drop tanks for the new Airfix P-51D; 75 Gal Fuel Tanks (648349) The are two whole cast replacement P-51D 75 gal drop tanks. Small PE braces and fuel lines are also supplied, as is a small decal sheet with tank markings, 104 Gal Paper Fuel Tanks (648350) The are two whole cast replacement P-51D 104 gal paper drop tanks. Due to their larger size and more complex surface they are three part. Small PE braces, the larger straps, and fuel lines are also supplied, as is a small decal sheet with tank markings. Nose cones are provided for early and late tanks. Review samples courtesy of
  24. P-51D Exhaust Stacks 1:48 Eduard Brassin - For Airfix Kit Eduard offer us two new sets of exhaust stacks for the new Airfix P-51D. One set with fairings and one set without. Once the pour blocks are cleaned off either set will be a drop in fit; Exhaust Stacks (648336) Exhaust Stacks With Fairing (648344) Review samples courtesy of
  25. hi all - for those of you building the new Airfix kit, or any P-51D - I found this guide rather useful in working out which canopy shape is which http://www.gaetanmarie.com/p-51dk-mustang-canopy-variations/ Jonners
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