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I'm quite excited to start this! Here's a box shot - I'll be building Eduard's 1/48 P-51D, in markings of an aircraft flown by Lt James Hickey, out of Martlesham Heath. My late father was RAF groundcrew, and based at Martlesham until it became an American base in 1943, when he was transferred to work on Wellington bombers at Chipping Warden. So, a family connection, albeit a slightly tenuous one!

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1 hour ago, djktrumpet said:

So, a family connection, albeit a slightly tenuous one!

Best I can tell my only connection to Mustangs is seeing them at airshows, so that sounds a pretty close connection to me! The Eduard kit looks beautiful, enjoy, and welcome to the GB!

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Good afternoon djktrumpet

Welcome aboard ..

It looks like the Eduard Poney will be very popular for this STGB 

Have fun with your build ...

Best regards 

Patrice 

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Looking forward to seeing this one come together - the Varga nose art is lovely and the squadron artist did a good job in reproducing it!

 

Here's the Varga painting:

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It appeared in Esquire magazine for February 1941.

 

Cheers,

Mark

 

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9 hours ago, 2996 Victor said:

It appeared in Esquire magazine for February 1941.

Good Grief!  She will catch her death dressed like that, in February 1941 there'd be no central heating.  She needs a jumper on!  

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I'm made a gentle start to this one, prepping some of the cockpit bits for painting.

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This really looks like a stunning kit, and I'm hoping I can do it justice! Beautifully moulded in hard grey styrene, and minimal flash of course - just the odd glide over with a fine file here and there. The seat alone is a little work of art, and I'm really looking forward to getting to grips with this build. As an aside, the boxing I've got includes some fabulous decal options, including the famous 'Big Beautiful Doll' - very tempting but I'm resolved to do "Lullaby for a Dream" this time. I feel there may be some overtrees purchases later though; one can never have too many Mustangs.

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It's a fab kit, you'll enjoy it! It's typical Eduard, maybe a tad over-engineered but well-fitting and not difficult.

 

Good choice to stick to your original subject!

 

Cheers, 

Mark

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1 hour ago, 2996 Victor said:

It's a fab kit, you'll enjoy it! It's typical Eduard, maybe a tad over-engineered but well-fitting and not difficult.

 

Good choice to stick to your original subject!

 

Cheers, 

Mark

Eduard provide alternative parts for the various variants represented by their decal sheet, and helpfully make the call-outs in the instructions as to which alternative you should use. However, that means I've had to do a bit of detective work to determine which bits to use for my chosen aircraft. It's serial number 44-15052, which makes it a P-51D-15NA, built at Inglewood. Fortunately for me, Option C in the kit is also an Inglewood-built D-15, so I'll follow the parts choices for that option, with the exception of the canopy. I found a colourised photo of 'Lullaby', which although not great quality, does show the canopy shape with the high point over the pilot's head, so I'll be using that part, again helpfully provided by Eduard!

 

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(Photo from www.littlefriends.co.uk)

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I used to like doing a woodgrain effect on the cockpit floor of my Mustangs, but now I find the wood was painted black. Anyhoo, I've stubbornly done some woodgraining with artist's acrylics, but will overpaint with some thinned black, maybe try exposing a bit in worn areas.

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So I managed to knock off one of the seat side braces whilst handling the cockpit assembly. Did I put it in a safe place so I wouldn't lose it? I did not. 😠

Not a particularly difficult job to knock something up from spare bits of plastic, but I really should know better!

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1 hour ago, djktrumpet said:

Did I put it in a safe place so I wouldn't lose it? I did not. 😠

Bugger, sounds like wherever it is it is in a very safe spot indeed!

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2 hours ago, djktrumpet said:

So I managed to knock off one of the seat side braces whilst handling the cockpit assembly.

I did the self same thing - they seem particularly brittle. A bit of Evergreen or Plastruct rod, or some brass wire, will get it sorted in no time.

 

Cheers,

Mark

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Some progress made - I'm now pretty much ready to zip up the fuselage so here are some shots of the interior before it all gets hidden. Also one of the wheel bay, almost complete. That Eduard wheel bay really is a lovely little model in its own right!

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Some beautiful work there!

16 hours ago, djktrumpet said:

That Eduard wheel bay really is a lovely little model in its own right

Seems like one. Yours is beautifully built.

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Well, here's a thing. I was gluing up the fuselage halves, and the port side has actually cracked, just by the hole for the antenna post.

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I don't think I'm particularly heavy-handed, and I've never had this happen before. Possibly a weak point created by opening up that hole, exacerbated by solvent cement, but a bit of a surprise (I've also got some sticky finger marks on there - clumsy!). I'll let it set up and then carefully fill it - should be OK, but I risk messing up all that nice surface detail. Bah!

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2 minutes ago, djktrumpet said:

Well, here's a thing. I was gluing up the fuselage halves, and the port side has actually cracked, just by the hole for the antenna post.

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I don't think I'm particularly heavy-handed, and I've never had this happen before. Possibly a weak point created by opening up that hole, exacerbated by solvent cement, but a bit of a surprise (I've also got some sticky finger marks on there - clumsy!). I'll let it set up and then carefully fill it - should be OK, but I risk messing up all that nice surface detail. Bah!

What an absolute pain in the behind! Quite a few of my Eduard kits have fuselage halves that have a touch of the banana about them - inline-engined types like the P-51 and Spit. Hope the crack is an easy fix!

 

Cheers,

Mark

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40 minutes ago, 2996 Victor said:

What an absolute pain in the behind! Quite a few of my Eduard kits have fuselage halves that have a touch of the banana about them

I think Eduard are pushing the envelope on what's possible - fine detail, and thin mouldings, also generally very precise fitting. Which is great for us modellers, as they are producing some lovely kits, but I guess there's sometimes a payoff in terms of robustness of the parts themselves. A learning point for me, anyway - I'll be very conscious to avoid any hint of strain when assembling future Eduard kits!

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10 minutes ago, djktrumpet said:

I guess there's sometimes a payoff in terms of robustness of the parts themselves

That's what I was thinking - some distortion is probably the payoff for the thinness of the mouldings. 

 

Cheers, 

Mark 

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Slow progress on this, other stuff getting in the way! Wings offered up to fuselage, not glued yet but seem to fit OK. I've had a go at filling the panel lines on the wings using Mr Surfacer 500, we'll see how they look under a coat of primer! Also mostly built up the control panel, apart from some tiny levers yet to do.

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I'm not sure I'll finish this in time for the GB end, as I'll be unable to do anything on it for the next 2 weeks - I'll try!

Question for the hive mind - any thoughts on an appropriate red for the 360th FS?

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The Kits World decal instructions don't help but I found the similar Aeromaster sheet instructions for this aircraft which say the red should be FS21310. This is quite a bright red - the closest I have to this shade is RLM 23 Rot which according to my refs is about FS31304 - matt rather than semi-gloss but I can fix that. Any thoughts?

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So, I was gluing the wings on, and applied a bit of pressure one the nose to make the joint with the forward section of the wing assembly - and the join forward of the cocpit popped open. Grr.

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Can't have been a very good joint to begin with, I guess, but it was strong enough to allow me to sand and polish it!

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