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F-51D Mustang Aeronautica Militare Italiana, Italy 1952


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I've not been overly active on modelling for a few months, but last week I got some mojo back and joined in the Nordic Group build (C-47 WIP there). That has spurred me on to get more modelling done in general and so I finally got round to producing this RFI which is one of two 1/72 Mustangs I built for Telford 2019 as part of our "animal theme" club display. The second build is a Swedish J-26, shown here:

 

 

The model represents an Italian Airforce F-51D of the Aeronautica Militare, based in Italy in 1952. The excellent Xtradecal sheet 72270 was used for the main marking, but all stencil data is from the kit. The model builds up very well apart for some minor sink marks around the wing LE area. It was interesting to build this in parallel with an Italeri F-51D. IMHO both are reasonable kits, with Airfix being a little more state of the art. More on the Italeri build in that RFI when I post it later today.

 

Internals were finished in Tamiya Interior green and black as appropriate. External was Alclad over most of the airframe, with Tamiya acrylics for tyres, anti-glare, propeller and prop hub. Fuselage and some parts of the wings had a Flory wash of mid grey.

 

No WIP was produced as at the time I was building three 1/72 aircraft and a 1/35 "figure" all in the five weeks leading up to the show - an absolute record for me!

 

So @Courageous after much nagging encouragement, and @RidgeRunner, you have both seen them in the flesh, here they are in the RFI................  and I hope you notice Martin, I have fixed the canopy sit!

 

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A few fairly close up shots of the interior, some taken during the build:

 

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And finally a few shots of this one, with it's Swedish companion. RFI for that will follow in due course. 

 

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And for those who like me can't resist merlin engined fighter aircraft here are some stable mates. Fear not Griffon fans, I have a number of those beauties to be built over time!

 

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Thanks for looking

 

Terry

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1 hour ago, Terry1954 said:

So @Courageous after much nagging encouragement, and @RidgeRunner, you have both seen them in the flesh, here they are in the RFI................  and I hope you notice Martin, I have fixed the canopy sit!

And they still look terrific, Terry :).

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2 hours ago, RidgeRunner said:

And they still look terrific, Terry :).

Thanks Martin! I have a P-51H in the stash, RS models. That will likely be my next Mustang, but other stuff to finish/build before that I think.

 

Terry

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15 hours ago, Terry1954 said:

after much nagging encouragement,

Some times we all need a kick up the butt. Glad to see them Terry, looks great.

Now, what else can I nudge you about :poke:...sorry, too many, nah...VOSPER :whip:.

 

Stuart

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On 2/18/2020 at 8:49 PM, John D.C. Masters said:

Looking great!

Thanks John!

 

On 2/18/2020 at 9:09 PM, Angus Tura said:

I like that a lot Terry. Yet more inspiration to finish mine.

 

Alan

Glad you like it Alan, and hope you are inspired to crack on with your's. I'll certainly be building more.

 

On 2/19/2020 at 7:47 AM, Courageous said:

Some times we all need a kick up the butt. Glad to see them Terry, looks great.

Now, what else can I nudge you about :poke:...sorry, too many, nah...VOSPER :whip:.

 

Stuart

Thanks Stuart! oooh a Vosper nudge, that stung! 🥴 I'm busy on the Norwegian C-47 in the Nordic GB, and the AMX-13 build for our April show in the AFV section at the moment, plus a behind the scenes 1/48 Airfix Meteor commission build, so little time for the good old Vosper right now, but I'll be on it as soon as I can devote some quality time to it. It does call me every time I go into the Hobby room!

 

I must say the 1/48 build is getting me seriously considering this as a scale I could enjoy, and I do have a few in the stash plus one I just picked up on a well known online site in the form of a 1/48 Seafire FR46/47 .......

 

Terry

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On 2/19/2020 at 8:48 AM, giemme said:

That's a superb Italian Stallion you have there, Terry! :clap:  :clap:  :clap: 

 

Ciao

Thanks Giorgio, glad you like. It would go well with an AMI Typhoon I reckon!

 

Terry

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4 hours ago, Wulfman said:

Great build on the Mustang, don’t forget the P-40F for your Merlin collection.

 

Wulfman

Thanks. I have  a handful of different P-40's in the stash, and there will be an F!

 

Terry

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I love a Stang in an unusual scheme - very nice indeed

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That's a great looking Mustang Terry!

I've spent a pleasant afternoon browsing through some of your past builds, so you may have a few random 'like' notifications. I'm a big fan of your metal/silver work - it looks 'just right' in every case; NMF, high speed silver or silver dope.

Hope you're doing well my friend.

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8 hours ago, Cookenbacher said:

That's a great looking Mustang Terry!

I've spent a pleasant afternoon browsing through some of your past builds, so you may have a few random 'like' notifications. I'm a big fan of your metal/silver work - it looks 'just right' in every case; NMF, high speed silver or silver dope.

Hope you're doing well my friend.

Thank you Cookie!

 

Metal/Silver work can be your worst enemy, but when it works it works well. Glad mine at least passes muster! Despite finding it challenging initially, I'm still finding Alclad is my best friend although I did recently used some Vallejo Acrylic aluminum which didn't go on too bad. Not uop too Alclad though IMHO.

 

I'm doing fine thank you, although have not had much modelling time in the last year despite having all that lockdown time. Other projects, family and a bit of mojo loss generally have got in the way, but I am working on a couple of things in the background, including another 1/72 Mustang, a P-51H by RS models, some pics below. The coming looks rough as I'm trying to get the front windshield to fit! I will RFI that one when done. I'm also almost finished on a 1/48 Meteor I'm building for a friend. Will RFI that also.

 

Hope things are good with you also.

 

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Cheers!

 

Terry

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1 hour ago, GiampieroSilvestri said:

Nice P-51D!

I have built bla Niklas and completed it last week.

 

Saluti

 

Giampiero

Thanks. So you also saw my Swedish J26? What scale is your's?

 

Terry

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