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Hobby Boss Easy Assembly 1/48 P-51-D, ''Yellow Nose'' - Work in progress

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  • Member since
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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Hobby Boss Easy Assembly 1/48 P-51-D, ''Yellow Nose'' - Work in progress
Posted by Nikola on Monday, January 11, 2021 8:19 AM

Hi gents,

 

This is one of my current builds, HB's easy assembly pony. It is kind of a warm up for Revell's 1/32 Mustang which I have slowly started. It is my first easy assembly kit and also my first NMF bird so I am trying something new on this one.

 

I chose the easy assembly kit because I wanted to finish something relatively quickly and get to the paint job asap.

The kit comes with just a few sprues, with very little sub-assemblies as one would expect form an easy assembly kit. 

The detail is minimal, only a few rivets and cockpit sidewalls have no detail at all, but the fit so far is good. The wings are not glued to the fuselage yet.

There is a minimal step on the underside where the cowling meets the fuselage. Some sanding from the inside will probably take care of that.

 

One very strange thing is that the vertical stabilizer is off center line for some reason (pics below).

 

A good little thing is the pin system (or whatever it's called) to join fuselage halves together. The same as in their P47 easy assembly kit as I've seen. 

 

I tried to make the cockpit a little more interesting with paintwork and some weathering, but nothing special. Didn't want to spend too much time on it.

The cockpit will be closed anyway, and as I said, this is a quick build.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

fox
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Posted by fox on Monday, January 11, 2021 2:28 PM

Lookin good! Toast

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, January 11, 2021 4:31 PM

Nice work! I built one of these as an F-6 photo Mustang recently, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nikola
One very strange thing is that the vertical stabilizer is off center line for some reason (pics below).

That was a common feature on several more modern fighter designs of the war. The Mustang's vertical stabilizer had an incidence of 1° left built in to help offset the torque from the powerful Merlin engine.

Greg

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Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, January 11, 2021 7:01 PM

Nice build so far.

I really like the Hobby Boss Easy Assemble kits. Their P-38 was really easy to build. 

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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:00 AM

gregbale

That was a common feature on several more modern fighter designs of the war. The Mustang's vertical stabilizer had an incidence of 1° left built in to help offset the torque from the powerful Merlin engine.

 

Ah, gotcha! Thanks for the info! Makes sense. I did doubt that it was a mistake but didn't know the real reason.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:06 AM

JohnnyK

Nice build so far.

I really like the Hobby Boss Easy Assemble kits. Their P-38 was really easy to build. 

 

Hi Johnny, 

Thanks!

Good to hear about your experience with their P-38. I have one in the stash and thought it to be my next quick build.

Best, 

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:41 AM

Hi gents,

 

I just realized that HB made one major f'up with the landing gear - the torque scissors are at the front! Pic below.

I'll see how it can be fixed... Or just leave them as they are.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 7:08 AM

Nikola
I just realized that HB made one major f'up with the landing gear - the torque scissors are at the front! Pic below. I'll see how it can be fixed... Or just leave them as they are.

Forgot to mention that. I just (carefully) clipped mine off with a nail trimmer, and glued them on on the proper side.

Two more 'fixes' needed, if they bother you.

HB didn't mold any trace of the prominent cooling exhaust vent on the underside of the fuselage, just forward of the tailwheel. It's highly noticeable in photographs. I added mine with a folded piece of pie-tin aluminum, but there's no great harm if you simply wish to ignore it, or just scribe an outline as though it's 'shut tight.'

The other missing item is another minor one -- no holes under the wings behind the MGs, for the ejection of cartridges. I must confess, I didn't notice this one until my NMF had been carefully applied...so I just cut little black decal rectangles, and 'faked' it. Big Smile If you should wish to drill or file them out, any Mustang drawing will show the location.

The good news is that HB did a nice job with the perforated breather plates on either side of the nose...which is the first time I can recall having seen a manufacturer do this, even in larger scales!

Cheers

Greg

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:51 AM

gregbale

Two more 'fixes' needed, if they bother you.

 

Thanks for the tips!

I don't think that I will bother with all that, except maybe the scissors. Sleep

Again, this is more of a painting excercise. :)

I'll see.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:53 AM

fox

Lookin good!

Jim 

Stay Safe.

 

 

Thanks Jim! Appreciated.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:10 AM

Nikola, this "Yellow Nose" Mustang, is it Bruce Carr's airplane, Angels' Playmate? I'm curious because I've been looking for 1/48 scale decals of his airplane for a long time. I knew Col. Carr and I've wanted to build a model of his Mustang as a tribute.

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:37 AM

fotofrank

Nikola, this "Yellow Nose" Mustang, is it Bruce Carr's airplane, Angels' Playmate? I'm curious because I've been looking for 1/48 scale decals of his airplane for a long time. I knew Col. Carr and I've wanted to build a model of his Mustang as a tribute.

 

Hi Fotofrank,

Unfortunately no. One option is for Betty Lee III flown by 2nd Lt William Kemp and the other for Lt Col Glenn Eagleston's plane.

Best, 

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:37 PM

Thanks, Nikola. I actually did find decals for Carr's airplane. I'll be ordering them very soon.

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