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WIP - Tamiya 1:32 P51-D Mustang

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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
WIP - Tamiya 1:32 P51-D Mustang
Posted by Tubosteve on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 7:14 AM

So, I have been away for a month or so on business and whilst I was away I got a little self indulgent present delivered. :)

After finishing my previous model I decided to challenge myself with a NMF finish and so got the 1:32 Tamiya P51-D Mustang with which to have a go. Going with the box art scheme.

As I am still a relative newbie I am doing this OOTB..........baby steps....NMF is my next goal.........maybe scratching will come later.

I have never attempted NMF before, have purchased some Alclad II black gloss primer along with airframe aluminium and dull aluminium to use on select panels as it seems people like to break up the panels to make it look more realistic.....we'll see how it goes. Got an old Nimrod model that I intend to use as a paint mule and see how easy (or not) it is to get the desired effect. If all else fails I can always go back to the Tamiya rattle cans.

 

So, having had a week or so of very intermittent bench time I have the pit done, still needs to be weathered but I'm reasonably happy with it so far. Also got the engine done and just about ready to join the fuse halves together.

Model has gone together well so far, no fit issues so hoping this trend continues as I have had very few fit issues with Tamiya (except those self imposed by not looking at the instructions properly!)

 

So here is how she stands now..........as always, comments and critique most welcome.

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Steve

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

 

Currently on the bench: Tamiya 1:32 P51-D   (on hold due to overseas work assignment) 

Finished 2018: Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair 'Birdcage', Tamiya 1/35 Cheiftan Mk5, Revell 1:48 Panavia Tornado IDS.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 8:10 AM

Everything is looking real good  so far, as is the  finely detailed painting, which is nice and crisp (except the 2 crooked placard decals on the interior), no big deal there.  

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 8:22 AM

Thanks Jay Jay.

And yes, messed up the placard decal. Should be a single decal but somewhere along the line I must have broken it in half and it went a bit squew wiff on me. Only noticed when it was already dried and so going to have to live with it. Don't suppose you will hardly see it when everything is buttoned up!

Decals are some left over Barracuda decals from another project, put a few on here just to add a little 'je ne sais quoi' :)

Steve

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

 

Currently on the bench: Tamiya 1:32 P51-D   (on hold due to overseas work assignment) 

Finished 2018: Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair 'Birdcage', Tamiya 1/35 Cheiftan Mk5, Revell 1:48 Panavia Tornado IDS.

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 10:14 AM

Tubosteve

Thanks Jay Jay.

And yes, messed up the placard decal. Should be a single decal but somewhere along the line I must have broken it in half and it went a bit squew wiff on me. Only noticed when it was already dried and so going to have to live with it. Don't suppose you will hardly see it when everything is buttoned up!

Decals are some left over Barracuda decals from another project, put a few on here just to add a little 'je ne sais quoi' :)

 

As you just completed the Tamiya 1/32 Corsair and is starting the build of the Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang, how do you like both these builds thus far?  Thank you in advance.  Of course fit and finish are beyond belief as I too have built both these kits.  Your attention to detail is excellent, I’ll extremely enjoy this WIP! There are also a select small handful of aircraft.  Tamiya has as 1/32 kits.  I’ve built these as well and extremely enjoyed the process of assembly and painting.  

Thsee 1/32 kit’s are as follows; Spitfire, Zero, and Tamiya‘s flagship Mosquito kit’s!  All of which are excellent examples of each aircraft.  Good luck sir in your Mustang kit as I’ll be excitedly watching this WIP!

Your friend, Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 5:18 PM

Hello Toshi.....and thanks for your kind words.

Loved the Corsair and really loving the Mustang so far. Lots of little magnets in this kit so will be good to see how this works out in the end, guess it means some panels will be held in place with the magnets thus allowing things like the engine to be seem should I want/need to. Also really love the way Tamiya have engineered the way the flaps/rudder/ailerons are joined to the model - small rods and PE tabs which push into place and allow them to move.......very cool :)

With all the things going on in your life I am honoured that you take the time to follow and comment on my build. I hope that things are on the up for both of you now.

Steve

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

 

Currently on the bench: Tamiya 1:32 P51-D   (on hold due to overseas work assignment) 

Finished 2018: Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair 'Birdcage', Tamiya 1/35 Cheiftan Mk5, Revell 1:48 Panavia Tornado IDS.

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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 5:19 PM

More progress today, got a decent few hours on the bench. Fuse joined and all the extra pieces around the engine all added and painted. Excuse the potato in the pics, I 'borrowed' one from the missus and use them to poke cocktail sticks into them when I paint/dry parts!

 

The tail wheel assy all done (just noticed how bad the join on the middle bit is!)

 

Also done the vertical stab and the rear ailerons done - absolutely love the way Tamiya have done these so they are movable (with small PE metal tabs and inserts - which I haven't encountered before on any other Tamiya model)

 

Also got the, what I guess is some sort of exhaust/cooling area done - again, PE parts

 

And finally, made a start on the armament, took a while to do these - picked it all out with a cocktail stick :) very pleased with the result.......best I have ever managed to achieve.......dead chuffed!

  

 

As always, comments and critique most welcome...........it's how I know where to improve (and even sometimes where I've done good :) )

Steve

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

 

Currently on the bench: Tamiya 1:32 P51-D   (on hold due to overseas work assignment) 

Finished 2018: Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair 'Birdcage', Tamiya 1/35 Cheiftan Mk5, Revell 1:48 Panavia Tornado IDS.

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 11:54 PM

Your work looks real nice.

 

John

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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 5:21 AM

So, I've been away from the bench for a few weeks, business trip to China.

But now I'm back and hit the bench for a few hours over the weekend and got a few more bits done. Most of the assembly stages are now done, wings on, undercarriage done, ordinance done etc.

And so to the part which is all new to me..........NMF    Got a black base down, (Alclads' ALC-305 Gloss Black Base)

 

Next up was a go at the NMF, for this I'm using ALC-119 Airframe Aluminium on the engine panels, rear wheel assy and ordinance. I think it looks pretty good considering this is my first go although I think I may have sprayed on a bit too much of the 119. Seems like a VERY fine line between not enough and too much!  I figure that if I make a pigs ear out of it I can always go back and spray with the Tamiya rattlecan (AS-12 Bare Metal Silver) but I am going to persevere with the Alclad unless it all goes t*** up!

 

 

The rear wheel well looks nice and smooth but I have got a slightly rough finish on the engine cowlings so going to sand that back down and try get it better, thing is, I'm worried about loosing the rivet detail so I'm going to have to be very careful.

 

A couple of questions to the community.

1) With Alcald I've read that you should be JUST able to see the black gloss primer, I guess it's just experience that tells you when enough is enough, any tips on this for an Alclad virgin/newbie?

2) Do you leave the model with just an Alclad finish (don't know how scratch/knock resistant Alclad is?  Or should I give it a coat of Future/Gloss?

 

Anyways. that's where I am now. Just going to mask up the canopy and fit it and a few other bits then take a deep calming breath and plunge into getting the NMF over the whole airframe.........wish me luck :)

Steve

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

 

Currently on the bench: Tamiya 1:32 P51-D   (on hold due to overseas work assignment) 

Finished 2018: Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair 'Birdcage', Tamiya 1/35 Cheiftan Mk5, Revell 1:48 Panavia Tornado IDS.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 6:30 AM

By the looks of the pics you've already got a good handle on the Alclad NMF. Well done Mate. 

I personally don't spray any clear coat over the NMF. I am always afraid of losing the metal effect.  Also if there is going to be any painted striping etc, I spray that first before the NMF, then mask the colored areas so I won't get any lift of the NMF. If you do have to use any masking on the NMF, post-it-notes are a good item to use because of the low tack. I found those with the glue on the entire back of the sheet (at an office supply )real handy.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

Ole
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  • From: Central VA
Posted by Ole on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 8:28 AM

Very nice work so far. It's a great kit. I can recommend the Tamiya Mossie as well if you get your hands on one.

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  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 11:55 AM

Thanks Jay Jay and Ole.

Got the top coat NMF on now, photos to come later :)

Steve

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

 

Currently on the bench: Tamiya 1:32 P51-D   (on hold due to overseas work assignment) 

Finished 2018: Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair 'Birdcage', Tamiya 1/35 Cheiftan Mk5, Revell 1:48 Panavia Tornado IDS.

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    February, 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 4:39 PM

Oohhh........babys got a new coat! Not too shabby, even if I say so myself. for a first time round with Alclad I'm pretty happy with the result. Got some spots just below the canopy on the port side, not sure what caused them but they don't seem to want to go away even tho I sprayed over a second time once dry? Hopefully they will be covered by the decals  ​​​​​​​

 

Steve

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

 

Currently on the bench: Tamiya 1:32 P51-D   (on hold due to overseas work assignment) 

Finished 2018: Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair 'Birdcage', Tamiya 1/35 Cheiftan Mk5, Revell 1:48 Panavia Tornado IDS.

  • Member since
    February, 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Thursday, November 08, 2018 8:21 AM

Dear Community,

Seems like Alclad doesn't like being handled too much as I'm starting to see the black base thru the shine. Do you guys top coat with a high gloss finish or Future. Some seem to say yes, others no!

I really want to keep this nice and shiny so any recomendations for a durable high gloss varnish that won't attack the Alclad?

 

Anyone got any experience of Alclad II Aqua Gloss Clear ALC600 ??

Steve

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

 

Currently on the bench: Tamiya 1:32 P51-D   (on hold due to overseas work assignment) 

Finished 2018: Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair 'Birdcage', Tamiya 1/35 Cheiftan Mk5, Revell 1:48 Panavia Tornado IDS.

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  • From: NYC
Posted by Johnny1000 on Thursday, November 08, 2018 5:54 PM

Aqua Gloss is really nice for a utility gloss. Tough, easy to spray. It's not going to get you to a high gloss that would make a car modeler happy, but will protect your finish and would be an appropriate choice here.

You mentioned looking for critque... Overall, everything is looking really good, but a couple things caught my eye: first, the interior green looks a bit apple-y. Consider toning down with a filter or wash (which wouldn't disrupt all your lovely detail painting). Also, the laminer flow wings got puttied, sanded etc. and then finished in aluminum lacquer, which still looks metalic, but more grey than natural metal. 

Again, this is looking great. 

-J

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, November 10, 2018 3:30 AM

Johnny1000
You mentioned looking for critque... Overall, everything is looking really good, but a couple things caught my eye: first, the interior green looks a bit apple-y. Consider toning down with a filter or wash (which wouldn't disrupt all your lovely detail painting). Also, the laminer flow wings got puttied, sanded etc. and then finished in aluminum lacquer, which still looks metalic, but more grey than natural metal. 

Agreed....try spraying everything flat black before adding the interior green.  It will add depth and shadowing.  Also, be careful with the high shine Alclad colors, they aren't quite as durable. 

Indeed the wings were puttied and painted silver.  I never fill the lines either because I like the detail. I've also read that the putty had a tendency to fall out.  

Looking great!  

 "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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Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, November 10, 2018 2:51 PM

Looking really good. I love the detail on those large scale models. Those bullets look like they would fire.

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Posted by Tubosteve on Sunday, November 11, 2018 4:05 PM

"Also, the laminer flow wings got puttied, sanded etc. and then finished in aluminum lacquer, which still looks metalic, but more grey than natural metal. "

Sorry, but I don't understand this? Is this something you have noted on my build or something that was done to the real plane?

I havent used any putty on this model? The fit has been superb.

Steve

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

 

Currently on the bench: Tamiya 1:32 P51-D   (on hold due to overseas work assignment) 

Finished 2018: Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair 'Birdcage', Tamiya 1/35 Cheiftan Mk5, Revell 1:48 Panavia Tornado IDS.

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    July, 2016
  • From: NYC
Posted by Johnny1000 on Sunday, November 11, 2018 9:46 PM

The real plane, not your model. The P-51D did not have a natural metal finish on the wings, but rather they were painted silver (aluminum lacquer) which doesn't look like unpainted metal. 

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Posted by Rotorhead13 on Monday, November 12, 2018 10:23 AM

Johnny1000 is correct. I did some research a while back and was surprised to discover P-51 wings were given a couple coats of zinc chromate primer, followed by silver paint, before being attached to the fuselage. It made me wonder why paint chipping doesn't end up showing the primer coat. Maybe it does, but I really haven't seen any pictures showing it. Also, the wheel wells on P-51's were usually silver, at least when they left the factory.

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