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Another Eduard Pony - Bobby Jeanne/Ah-Fung-Goo II


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I decided to double down with a second build.  It will be another 1/48 Eduard kit, this time being a fillet-less D-5 version.  


I’ve had this kit in the stash for a couple years with the intent of doing Richard Peterson’s “Hurry Home Honey” because I really really like the dark green over NMF scheme the 357th FG had on its early Ds.  While researching the plane the other day on the LittleFriendsUK site, I came across a different plane from the same squadron with a pilot from my home state of Wisconsin.  Always one to want to learn about the pilots from my state, I soon found out the pilot, Col Irwin Dregne, was an ace and was the last CO of the Yoxford Boys.  His plane carried the same camo as Peterson’s and since Bullseye Decals’ excellent Yoxford Boy series has markings for it, I decided I’m going to build Dregne’s plane (just had to purchase the decals since it was on a separate sheet from HHH).  It carries two names: Bobby Jeanne for his wife and daughter, and then Ah-Fung-Goo II which apparently was a name chosen by Dregne’s crew chief.

 

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Good morninh Matt B 

 Welcome aboard for your 2nd build and very interesting subject .

I have the Repliscale decals sheet in 1/72 for Irwin Dregne's P51K but I am not sure if I will have time use it for during this gb ..

Anyway have fun with your build 

Best regards.

Patrice 

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Nice choice Matt. 
 

Like you I think that the OD and NMF combination looks very good. 
 

Look forward to following your build. 
 

James

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2 hours ago, Farmerboy said:

Nice choice Matt, what paints do you intend to use for the OD?

I’m not entirely sure yet, to be honest.  I have a few different olive drabs and I also have a couple different dark greens.  The whole OD vs dark green on 357th planes is a can of worms like the whole blue vs green/OD on Lou IV of the 361st.  The colors are pretty close so it’s hard to tell even with color photos.  I’m kind leaning towards a brownish dark green for something different than straight OD, but I haven’t made up my mind yet.  I saw a really good model where someone used Vallejo dark green 71.012 (it has a brownish tint to it).  Really can’t go wrong with OD or dark green.

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Thanks for the reply, I’m going to use MRhobby OD 304 as a base coat on the D as it to has a brownish tint and then try SMS acrylic lacquers on the B model as it looks a greener tint , interesting comparison I hope.

 

P51B


That’s what MR a hobby looked like last time out.

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1 hour ago, Farmerboy said:

Thanks for the reply, I’m going to use MRhobby OD 304 as a base coat on the D as it to has a brownish tint and then try SMS acrylic lacquers on the B model as it looks a greener tint , interesting comparison I hope.

 

P51B


That’s what MR a hobby looked like last time out.

 

That looks great!  I just put in a preorder for Eduard's new B, but those Tamiya kits sure do build up nicely.  Your color choices sound good.  I doubt all the real life planes were the same shade, so having a little variance adds to the realism in my opinion.

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19 hours ago, RidgeRunner said:

How’s she coming along. Matt?

I am trying to make a conscious effort to get started up again here shortly.  It hasn't been a lack of motivation as much as it is that I get sidetracked easily.  The arrival of ICM's new B-26 grabbed by interest so I've been researching Marauders, and then in the process of that I naturally starting researching more about the 9th Air Force; that led me to do more research on A-26 Invaders and thinking about future diorama possibilities with ICM's Invader and now lately after learning Eduard will be doing a special "Bloody Hundredth" boxing of HK's B-17F later this year, I've been pulled back into my never ending B-17 research.

 

But, I did clean up the bench a bit the other day and got things organized (not that it will stay that way for long) so I can start plugging away at the Mustangs again.  I''ve got most the cockpit painting done on the D-5 but still have a little more to and I'll post some photos once I get going again here shortly.

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I need to get the lead out on this.  As I mentioned in my other thread, I'm doing two planes at once, so the bench looks like a warzone and progress is not quite as fast as it would be if I was only doing one, but I'm determined to get these done. 

 

Got a little bit more detail painting to go such as the head rest and the base of the of the cables where they connect to the radio, but cockpit it almost done. 

 

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Cockpit is finished!  I should have the fuselage button up on both planes by the end of the weekend.  Then on the gear bays and wings.

 

Like I mentioned in my other build, I added BarracudaCals placards, a brown wash, and some highlighting with a silver prismacolor pencil.  I like the way it came out.

 

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And a photo of both planes with the fuselages taped up.

 

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Moving right along, I got the gear bay and wings together.  I will need to spend a little bit of time cleaning up accidental glue marks and a slight overlap of the wings edges, but nothing too difficult, and things that will be covered up when I putty the wing panel lines anyways.

 

I tried (unsuccessfully and not very hard) at masking the stringers in the gear bay, but lost patience and just did everything except the rear spar as NMF.  I'll probably try again on my B for the D-Day group build.

 

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Inching closer to paint.  Excuse the messy bench and phone photo.  I got the wings attached to both planes yesterday, and with rain in the forecast today, it will be a good day to hopefully get all sanding done and maybe shoot a bit of primer to check seams.  Once that’s done, I will then give priority for painting to the D-5 since it will have the more involved scheme with a checkered nose, striped spinner, NMF undersides, dark green top surfaces and lower invasion stripes.  The plan is to spend this coming week on the D-5 and the following on the D-10.

 

Barring an extension, I’m going to be cutting it pretty close but the two things I keep telling myself are that I will not rush and risk making mistakes and that even if I don’t hit the end date, I’m still going to complete both planes.  In the meantime I’ll just continue to make steady progress and see what happens!

 

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Good evening Matt

 Very good job so far you are right don't rush and risk making mistakes

Best regards

Patrice

 

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Last update for today.  Getting up close and personal with the gunsight.  Earlier Mustangs with the N9 gunsight had ring and bead "iron sights" as a backup and while Eduard contains this in their PE, I thought the ring looked a tad on the large side, so I bought a set of Master brass barrels which also included the sights.  I wont be using the barrels, so I bought it pretty much for the sights as each package contains two sets.  As I thought, it is a little smaller than the Eduard piece, but holy cow is that a small piece to deal with.  I got it on and just need to paint it, but I made the decision to just go with the K14 sight in my D10.  Even though it may have been delivered with an N9, a K14 is seen in one photo and I really do not feel like dealing with this small sight again....for this GB anyways.

 

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Definitely could’ve made this easier by only doing one plane (that and not taking a month long hiatus), which in hindsight should’ve just been the D-5, but now that things are taking shape and I was able to correct a couple fit issues, I’m not disappointing I’m doing two at once. 
 

Sanding is farther ahead on Bobby Jeanne and I applied one last layer of Mr Surfacer 500 on a couple spots today and am giving it plenty of time to dry before finishing the sanding tomorrow and getting it ready for some primer.


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First bit of paint is on Bobby Jeanne.  Like on my D-10, I used Vallejo Metal Color semi matte aluminum.  In this case, only the bottom of the wings needs it and half of it will be covered in covered stripes which will go on once the main airframe color is on.  Slowly but surely starting to pick up the pace and get these to the finish line!

 

Side note, the Omask wheel bay masks are awesome.  I was struggling to mask the wheel wells with tape when I remembered the Royal Class B had them included, so I got them out.  They’re just a simple press fit, and have worked perfectly.  Plus, they’re re-usable, I just wish I had a second set at the moment so I didn’t have to keep switching between planes.

 

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Alright, so after a paint mishap earlier this week that required an entire strip job, I got the main metal coat down.  Since I still have to do the dark green upper surfaces and invasion stripes, I'm not sure this one will hit the deadline, but it definitely will make it to the finish line.  I'm gonna keep going along with the D-10 and see what happens.

 

For my first attempt at a NMF finish, I'm quite pleased with how the Vallejo Metal Colors went down.  Very smooth and good coverage.  I did a 50-50 mix of aluminum and duraluminum, with a few drops of pale burnt metal.  It's not a super high shine finish like you might get with Alclad or something else, but it is shiny enough for my tastes.  I'm learning its not that easy to photograph and in the last photo you can't really see the difference between this finish and the semi matte aluminum on the wings, but it is there and is more apparent in person.

 

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