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Eduard P51-D Chatanooga Choo Choo

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  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Brisbane Australia
Eduard P51-D Chatanooga Choo Choo
Posted by Josh_the_painter on Sunday, November 22, 2020 6:09 AM

Hi everyone,

So I am just sharing this build. As soon as I finalised on my Memphis Belle build I started on one of 2 P51s I had purchased last year. As is the Belle, this is to be gifted to a family member. The other I will build for myself. 

I was a bit slack on build photos but found the kit very good, had a couple of fitment issues which I most probably caused myself and I could have spent a little more time but the results reasonable I thought. The models wired to spin the prop, I still need to hide the battery in the base. 

I painted the laquer areas in Alclad duraluminium and the bare areas in Alclad aluminium finishing in a Tamiya flat clear. The pilot giving the thumbs up to Allied soldiers after clearing a target, perhaps took out a tank. Hopefully you guys find the build ok.

Cheers,

Josh

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, November 22, 2020 6:25 AM

Beautiful job on the entire build . The P-51 NMF is Yes

 .Nick

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:14 AM

Now that is a ballsy pilot flying 20 feet off the deck over enemy troops with the canopy open giving a thumbs up.." I got this guys".  Super cool dio. Very creative and well done.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:39 PM

Very creative! Well done. Congrats. 

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Brisbane Australia
Posted by Josh_the_painter on Thursday, November 26, 2020 2:14 AM

Cheers guys,

This was my first attempt at a NMF so was glad it went ok!

 

As for being a ballsy pilot I hoped to capture that cowboy pilot persona, maybe not realistic or sensible but hollywood all the way...

Cheers 

Josh

  • Member since
    June 2017
Posted by Chemteacher on Thursday, November 26, 2020 11:42 AM
Neat. Love the NMF.

On the bench: Revell-USS Arizona; Airfix 1/72 P-40B

  • Member since
    June 2020
Posted by SodaCitron on Friday, November 27, 2020 3:31 AM

Superb diorama, and IMO, the real challenge was building it "in flight" !

Can you share your experience building this Eduard in flight ? I intend to build mine in this configuration and, from a first examination, the kit doesn't seem designed for it at all (unlike the tamiya). : Flaps are molded dropped and the landing gear bay doors don't seem to adjust very well. Also, I have some doubts about the fit flaps/air intake.

Thank you for your feedback as I'm wondering if it worthes the risk to ruin mine trying to do so ;-)

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Brisbane Australia
Posted by Josh_the_painter on Friday, November 27, 2020 2:03 PM

SodaCitron

Superb diorama, and IMO, the real challenge was building it "in flight" !

Can you share your experience building this Eduard in flight ? I intend to build mine in this configuration and, from a first examination, the kit doesn't seem designed for it at all (unlike the tamiya). : Flaps are molded dropped and the landing gear bay doors don't seem to adjust very well. Also, I have some doubts about the fit flaps/air intake.

Thank you for your feedback as I'm wondering if it worthes the risk to ruin mine trying to do so ;-)

 

 

You're absolutely right, the dropped flaps were a pita. But once you get your head around it the fix is simple enough.

On the prototype the flaps sit hard up under where the wing meets the fusealge but makes for a big drop on the model and looks out of place. Also the flaps are too long front to back.

First, sand the front edge of the flap down( where it meets the wing) so it does not protrude past the rear wing edge. Takes only a few seconds rubbing the flap on some coarse sandpaper on a flat surface.

Second, once the front to rear flap length is achieved you hold it under the overlap on the wing and run a blade along the edge trimming the excess so the flap can now be moved up level with the wing.

Once you hold everything in place you will understand what I mean if it is not clear here. 

 

The landing gear bays you wont need to add all the bracing and detail, just fit the box inside the wings and center brace. The landing gear bay doors just glue in place and fit well. The rear landing gear doors are moulded to the body and I trimmed these off and glued a piece of plastic in place and gave a light fill. 

I hope this helps!

Cheers,

Josh

  • Member since
    June 2020
Posted by SodaCitron on Thursday, December 3, 2020 6:22 AM
Thank you for the guidance. I will try... Putting everything in the balance, I prefer to ruin the kit trying rather than building an aircraft on wheels ;-)
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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, December 3, 2020 8:01 AM

That is very Nice!

  • Member since
    June 2020
Posted by SodaCitron on Sunday, December 6, 2020 11:47 AM

The operation was a success and the patient is now under recovery Yes

Thank you for your assistance!

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Brisbane Australia
Posted by Josh_the_painter on Monday, December 7, 2020 1:33 PM

SodaCitron

The operation was a success and the patient is now under recovery Yes

Thank you for your assistance!

 

 

Im glad it was of some help. I shall look foward to seeing your efforts!

 

@Tanker-Builder thank you for the kind words.

Cheers

Josh 

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 9:24 PM

Outstanding work! Gutsy Pilot there....

 "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
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 10:15 PM

Ohh i love it! Captured the cowboy for sure, on his trus steed even!

 

In the pattern: King George V (back on the bench) - the Tamiya 1/350th version & Academy's 1/35 AH-1Z Viper, and who knows maybe something else over the holidays as I keep wanting to pull a box off the shelf! Must be an elf thing

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