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Italeri 1-48 P-51D Mustang


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If you followed my 'Re-Mojo' build of the T-28B you know it was, unsurprisingly, a bit challenging but enjoyable build - after all it was a Roden kit. You also know that life beyond the bench sucked as I lost my job. 

The P-400 double build is still in progress, but as it is in the painting stage, and the paint schemes are intricate and the kits were not cheap - I will have to attend to them when I have some more energy. 

So I cruised the part of my stash that is stored at home (a small part) for some fun build. 

I have a couple P-51's of different models in my stash - most of them good kits (Tamiya, Eduard, Modelsvit) and also this Italeri P-51D/K. I think this could be a good quick build. It is an NMF build, but I think can build it quickly and it will help out in restoring the fun and good spirit I get from my bench time. 

 

So here we go:

 

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 Not too complicated (I hope), nice decals and an appealing subject - who can ask for more?

 

Ran

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This is actually one of Italeri's rebox of a Hasegawa kit (with Cartograf decals), so it won't give you any build issues.

 

Before closing the fuselage halves for good, test fit the tailwheel strut between both halves. I ended up with a small gap in that area. I think it was because I didn't trim the pegs of the tailwheel strut.

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Breaking plastic at last!

After about 4.5 months I sat on the bench once again. It's been a lousy time outside the bench as I'm currently looking for a new job. Between all the distractions and the tension, I re-organized the bench and today brought myself to finally start the compressor and shoot some paint. 

Needless to say my airbrushing needs MAJOR improving as I'm all rusty. 

But it's a start.

 

BTW - the kit's plastic is VERY soft and I hope it won't be a problem going forward. 

 

 

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I pushed myself to mask some parts of the wheel wells - I hope it worked.

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Tamiya flat black coverage was poor - a good sing my airbrush was not dialed in correctly, as this is probably the most robust paint there is.

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That's it for today.

Comments are welcome as always.

 

Ran

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A quick update.

 

This turns out to be another 're-mojo'/'de-rust' build. So I'm taking it easy.

 

I emulated the paint scheme of the wheel wells - but was lazy so the non-green parts are just the bare plastic.

 

Before:

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After:

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The rest of the time was devoted to the cockpit - limited effort.

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Cockpit floor was done with some oil paint. I used a pencil for highlighting and some paint for highlighting too. 

The decal took a long time to separate but other than that it performed well.

 

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That's it for today.

Comments are welcome as always.

 

Ran

 

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