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Airfix 1:72 F-51D Mustang


John.R

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Hi,

After being bought this for Christmas along with a Spitfire F22 I decided to set aside some time for the building of this over the weekend/new year, I've primed this with a generic primer from the local pound shop which seems to do quite well.
I've also ventured into Airbrushing for the first time with a "Expo AB652 Starter Airbrush kit" which was bought for me by the extended family which uses the can's of propellant which I can get a 750ml for £8, and did a small test with a scrap Spitfire mk1a I had in the drawer so have enclosed some photo's of my first attempt!

First off the Unboxing:

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First use of the Airbrush:

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Will get some more shots of the interior up as soon as I can!

Thanks for looking

John!

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The Mustang is a nice little kit but, watch out for some fit problems with the wing to fuselage joint. VERY tight fit but, apart from that, no problem and, no filler used at all.. I'm building mine as the Dominican Air Force version. For anyone that's interested and had problems with masking the scalloped edge for the upper/lower colours, I used a serrated edged knife as a template. Held the blade down firmly on top of a strip of tape & gently cut along the serrations using a VERY sharp blade.

Simples!

Allan

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The Mustang is a nice little kit but, watch out for some fit problems with the wing to fuselage joint. VERY tight fit but, apart from that, no problem and, no filler used at all.. I'm building mine as the Dominican Air Force version. For anyone that's interested and had problems with masking the scalloped edge for the upper/lower colours, I used a serrated edged knife as a template. Held the blade down firmly on top of a strip of tape & gently cut along the serrations using a VERY sharp blade.

Simples!

Allan

Indeed. Sent me half blind and totaly insane masking the camo for mine, but worth it.

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The Airfix Mustang is a joy to build, I just wish they had included the frame in the canopy.

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Sorry for not updating this sooner:

Test fitted the cockpit in the fuselage after giving the interior a small coat of "Cockpit Green" and adding some interior detail with "Brass" and "Plastikote Matt Black", also fitted the Instrument Panel/Seat & Stick in place:

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Unfortunately there's been a slight hitch with the build of this, yesterday I mixed humbrol 191 up to the same mix as the Humbrol 11 previously, and this caused another reaction similar to the one that happened with the Previous Mustang....

I've used the thinners to remove the paint and attempt to bring it back to the primed stage which some success, I'm going to leave it to dry off properly (as its been washed etc) and then re-attempt to spray again!

Cracking problem...

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After using Thinners:
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I've resprayed this today and although there's still a little bit of cracking its not as bad as it was above!

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Small update:

After the way the paint reacted above I wasn't sure how it would turn out once I'd given it enough time to settle before spraying it today, there's still a few little bits underneath which when finished you won't be able to see, but so far its turned out well:

Awaiting the Tail & Rudder to be added (1):
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Awaiting the Tail & Rudder to be added (2):
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Tail & Rudder added complete with Flaps in the Down position (1):
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Tail & Rudder added complete with Flaps in the Down position (2):
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Underside:
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Hopefully will have the Landing gear added & the rockets either tonight or tomorrow, and then start on the troublesome "Yellow" paint which is required

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