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1/32 Tamiya P-51 D 352 FG (George Preddy's Cripes-A-Mighty 3rd)

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  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
1/32 Tamiya P-51 D 352 FG (George Preddy's Cripes-A-Mighty 3rd)
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, August 09, 2018 2:22 AM

Hello,

This is that one kit I bought when it first came out (I believe 2011 or so) and it has been sitting there on the shelf intimidating me ever since.  I figured it was way too expensive to screw up, so it just sat there and scoffed at me for about 6 or so years.  I essentially want to improve my modeling skills to where I could do it some justice.  Well, now that I have two of Tamiya's 1/32 Corsairs under my belt, which I think turned out fairly decent, I figured it's time to face my fears and dive in. I haven't been this excited about a build in quite a while.  Please join me. 

  

Aside from this dilema, I was also waiting for the right markings, inspiration if you will, as I wanted to do the kit justice.  I recently watched a documentary on 352 FG ace George Preddy Jr. who scored 26.83 kills, to include 6 Bf 109's that he destroyed on August 6, 1944.  It was then settled, I had to build one of his Cripes-A-Mighty mounts.  Fortunately my search for his decals was short when I found the Eagle Cals book (EC#100) which discusses each of his Mustangs in depth and provides decals for them.  It was expensive but well worth it. 

   

Now I needed to decide which C-A-M.  That was a no-brainer.  I picked C-A-M the 3rd, #4413321, in which Preddy scored most of his kills, to include the 6 109s in August of 1944. At one point this plane had full invasion stripes, which I find appealing too.  I'll have to decide on the full stripes or partial.  Here's another interesting fact regarding this particular airframe.  After Preddy was done with it, when he went stateside for awhile, it was still used in combat up until April of 1945 and subsequently renamed twice.  As a result, it ended up being the highest scoring P-51 in the whole war!   

   

So one dives in.  They have you start with the engine, but since mine will be closed up, I skipped to the cockpit.  Like the Corsair, the cockpit is a sight to behold.  Resin would be comical.  Tamiya provides various pieces for early and late models.  Since I was building an early D, I tried to stick with the early parts, most notably the seat.  I never knew the D had two different seats.  I painted the cockpit much pretty exactly like my last P-51 (Airfix), to include the chipping fluid on the floor to simulate the worn black floor which revealed the wood underneath. I didn't like the kit supplied thick metal seatbelts, so I added some Eduard seatbelts which in this scale are quite detailed. They were a pain to assemble but worth it. I added some battery wires too. 

Sidewall detail is stunning too....here's the starboard.

Here's Port...

All together?

The instrument panel is nice too.  You get a decal that goes behind the clear piece which goes in the panel from behind to silmulate glass dial.  Dare I say the glass is a tad thick which makes the dials sort of tough to see.  It still looks ok once assembled under the gunsight and coaming, but it could have been better.  Next time I'll fire Airscale decals over the top of each glass dial.  

A test fit in the fuselage.  So far it fits nice.  

I'll be building the engine next. I do wish they would design these so this step wasn't necessary if you wanted it closed up.  It just seemed like unecessary work...oh well.  

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Thursday, August 09, 2018 4:06 AM
Going to be another great build I'll be following along.

Clint

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    November, 2003
  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, August 09, 2018 4:39 AM
Ooh ooh ooh.....What a great start as usual.

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, August 09, 2018 12:34 PM

Sweet, Joe!  I have two editions of the kit, scared of both of them.  They're so nice I feel like all I can do is mess them up.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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    June, 2018
Posted by E Baker on Thursday, August 09, 2018 1:55 PM

I beleive the C-A-M 3rd is the marking that Kermit Week's P-51D is in, so if you need a reference, look him up.

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    January, 2015
Posted by BrandonD on Thursday, August 09, 2018 5:00 PM

All I could think when I saw this thread was "YEEEEESSSSSS!"

I can't wait to see what you do with it. And maybe I'll get over my intimidation and build mine.

-BD-

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 10, 2018 2:15 PM

As usual love the cockpit, she's gonna be awesome!!!!! 

 

I've got a set for Preddy's fighter and a sheet for a Virginia ANG F-16 painted in tribute to him. One day I've got to get on building those.... (sigh)... 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    January, 2017
  • From: Great Southern Land
Posted by damouav on Friday, August 10, 2018 4:04 PM

If only I could be a fly on the wall when you work. Great work mate, well done.

Know if I could only subscribe to this...

In Progress
1/48 Hasegawa P51-D
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
Pending
1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
1/48 Hasegawa P38-L
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  • From: Brisbane Australia
Posted by ChrisJH666 on Friday, August 10, 2018 4:52 PM

That cockpit looks amazing. Having said that, a cockpit in 1/32 should be that detailed, but you've made a fabulous job of it. You particularly nailed the scuffed floor. Can't wait to see the rest

In the queue: 1/48 Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), P43 Lancer (RAAF), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b

 

Chris

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  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Friday, August 10, 2018 11:42 PM

How phenominal. That plastic looks to be perfection!

Very neat subject, especially the info about the airframe scoring the most victories. Do you mind sharing the documentary you were watching? I’d definitely be interested to watch it myself.

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  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, August 11, 2018 2:44 PM

I have one each of Tamiya's big WWII fighters (not the Mossie as yet), and I also had a fear of building them for a number of years. Then last year, I popped open the Spitfire with inspiration from the movie Dunkirk, and while that kit did present a bunch of challenges, I felt like I did a good job with it. Earlier this year, I broke open the A6M5 Zero and did an even better job on that one.

The Mustang will likely be the next one I tackle.

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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, August 11, 2018 4:56 PM

Beautiful as always Joe. I’m sure it will be another Lawdog masterpiece 

 

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  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 11, 2018 6:11 PM

RadMax8

Very neat subject, especially the info about the airframe scoring the most victories. Do you mind sharing the documentary you were watching? I’d definitely be interested to watch it myself.

 

 

Thanks all, glad to have you guys along. Here’s the documentary. Very interesting stuff  

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oBNj-2siJMg

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, August 13, 2018 10:26 PM

I managed to sit down last night and get some work in.  I left off with the Merlin and began assembing it per the instructions.  I soon began to realize it's a work of art in itself.  Wonderfully rendered.  Eventhough I intend to close up the front, I decided to paint it up, drybrush it a bit, then take some pictures so I have them.  Here's what it looks like.

The engine then screws into the cockpit...yes I said screws.  

A test fit into the port fuselage.  Like a glove. 

I closed up the fuselage halves and again had no trouble.  The fit has been amazing so far.

I'm about to move onto the wings.  

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Monday, August 13, 2018 11:48 PM
Simply amazing work, it's a shame to have that big beautiful Merlin all closed up when done.

Clint

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  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:50 AM

Joe,

This makes me wish I built in 1/32nd scale. It’s a shame they didn’t do the magnetic panels, like I believe they did with the Spitfire. At least then you wouldn’t have to hide that beautiful detail.

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  • From: NYC
Posted by Johnny1000 on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:06 PM

Looks great. It's a silly detail, but the stenciling on the parachute kinds of makes the cockpit for me. But nicely done all around.

-J

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    February, 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 5:19 PM

Lawdog,

A great start on your P51-D, looks really good so far.

Think I'll pull up a chair and follow you along on this build as I have just purchased the same model (in the post as we speak.....and very excited Big Smile)

It's easy to fly, just jump and miss the floor :)

 

Currently on the bench: Tamiya 1:32 P51-D   (in the post......exciting! Big Smile

Finished: Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair 'Birdcage'

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 5:48 PM

Johnny1000

It's a silly detail, but the stenciling on the parachute kinds of makes the cockpit for me. But nicely done all around.

-J

 

 

Nice to have you guys along. Johnny, I agree, very cool feature. 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 6:21 PM

Heck yeah, that Merlin is a work of art! Darn shame to seal her up under the hood.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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