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1/48 Eduard P-51D-5 Mustang, 357 FG, Maj. Richard Peterson (Complete!)

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1/48 Eduard P-51D-5 Mustang, 357 FG, Maj. Richard Peterson (Complete!)
Posted by Hoss WA on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 9:35 PM

The new Eduard P-51D-5 kit has been sitting in the stash for a while now and it is time to get started. Sprue Brothers has some new P-51 decals from Bullseye, printed by Cartograf, which are spectacular and feature several attractive schemes.

I'm going with Hurry Home Honey, the mount of Maj. Richard Peterson of the 357 FG, based in RAF Leiston in July 1944. The plane was named for the phrase his wife used to close each letter to him during the war. 

 

 

Maj. Richard Peterson was an ace with 15.5 air victories and 3.5 on the ground. 

 

The plan is to use Mr. Color paints for the scheme and I'm really looking forward to this one. The office is complete. Main build is next. 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by rooster513 on Thursday, February 4, 2021 8:09 AM

Lovely looking pit Hoss! Looks like some really nice detail in there.

-Andy

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  • From: Green Bay, WI USA
Posted by echolmberg on Thursday, February 4, 2021 8:53 AM

Holy smokes!  That's looking fantastic!  I see cockpits like this and it really gives me the drive to improve my skills.  Can't wait to see how the rest of your build goes.

Of all the Mustangs I've built, I've worked on the Monogram, Tamiya, Hasegawa and Meng.  I've got an Airfix in the stash that I'm hoping to get to before the end of the year.  I was wondering how the Eduard Mustang compared to them.

Eric

PS:  I wanted to see if Maj. Peterson actually did make it home and I'm so glad to see that he did.  I also saw that, after the war, he attended the U of MN to become an architect.  Of all the coincidences, my daughter will be starting at the U of MN in the fall in their architecture program!  I might have to build Peterson's Mustang for her to take with her!  LOL!

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Posted by Jay Jay on Thursday, February 4, 2021 8:53 AM
Fabulous work Mate. Looking forward to the rest of your build for sure

 

 

 

 

 

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

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    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, February 5, 2021 3:33 PM

Absolutely gorgeous work as always, Hoss!

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, February 8, 2021 6:58 PM

rooster513

Lovely looking pit Hoss! Looks like some really nice detail in there.

 

Thanks rooster. Yep - Eduard did a nice job with the cockpit detail. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, February 8, 2021 7:01 PM

echolmberg

Holy smokes!  That's looking fantastic!  I see cockpits like this and it really gives me the drive to improve my skills.  Can't wait to see how the rest of your build goes.

Of all the Mustangs I've built, I've worked on the Monogram, Tamiya, Hasegawa and Meng.  I've got an Airfix in the stash that I'm hoping to get to before the end of the year.  I was wondering how the Eduard Mustang compared to them.

Eric

PS:  I wanted to see if Maj. Peterson actually did make it home and I'm so glad to see that he did.  I also saw that, after the war, he attended the U of MN to become an architect.  Of all the coincidences, my daughter will be starting at the U of MN in the fall in their architecture program!  I might have to build Peterson's Mustang for her to take with her!  LOL!

 

Thanks Eric. The only other Mustang I've built recently is the Tamiya 1/32, which is a great kit, so I can't comment on the others. Thanks for the backstory also. Good stuff. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, February 8, 2021 7:01 PM

Jay Jay
Fabulous work Mate. Looking forward to the rest of your build for sure
 

Thanks Jay Jay. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, February 8, 2021 7:02 PM

M. Brindos

Absolutely gorgeous work as always, Hoss!

 

Thanks Mike! Much appreciated. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, February 8, 2021 7:28 PM

The main build is now complete and the painting has started. I ran into a few issues during the build.

First, the panels for the MG barrels at leading edges of the wings are separate pieces that did not fit well. They didn't conform to both the top and bottom of the wing surfaces at the same time, so I prioritized the top surface and used filler and scribing to fair in the bottom surface. I struggled to get a smooth interface and clean panel lines due to the geometry but hope it will look OK in the end. 

Second, the windscreen front edge was not flush with the fuselage when I went to glue it on. The instrument panel assembly mounts from the top and interfered with the windscreen. I should have test fitted this. In any event, there was some extra sanding, scribing and rivet detail addition. It will look OK I think. 

Third, the flaps are configured in the down position but getting them to align properly to the trailing edge of the wings required some surgery, shims and extra gluing and clamping. The trailing edges weren't straight for me after gluing the wing root so I had to tweak them. They'll look fine but I recommend checking this carefully during assembly. 

One other item -- the rivet and panel line surface detail is fantastic on this model. So there's quite a bit of rivet detail recovery required on the hood, around the nose air scoop, undersides, wing roots, near the edges of the mold and anywhere sanding is required. Major fasteners and minor rivets were added all over the place to keep everything consistent. 

Sorry for the lack of photos of the above items as I was in problem solving mode. Here are photos of the next phase. The model really looks great when the build is completed. 

Mr. Color Finishing surfacer was used as primer and then GX 2 Ueno black was used as a thin gloss layer for the metal areas. 

 

Mr. Color SM201 Fine Silver and SM203 Super Iron were used for the NMF areas on the underside and fuselage. Mr Color C-8 Silver was used for the painted areas under the wings. 

 

Invasion stripes were next with a masked area on the fuselage sides where the stars and bars decals will go, with white underneath. I'm trying to prevent the black and white stripes from showing through the decal white areas and hope I can line them up OK. 

 

The dark green upper surfaces are next. Thanks for looking. 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, February 20, 2021 11:14 AM

"Hurry Home Honey" is now complete. Since the last update, Mr. Color Dark Green was applied to the upper surfaces, followed by clear coats, decals, washes and other weathering. 

Post-shading and fading on the dark green as well as general weathering was kept subtle since the plane was still relatively new in July 1944. 

The Bullseye decals were spectacular and I highly recommend them if you're interested in this or a similar scheme. I used the decal for the nose checkers and it worked well. The decals include markings for 5 complete nose checkers with the yellow-red pattern offset on different markings to match the placement on different subjects. I used Mr. Color Insignia Red and Insignia Yellow for the spinner -- the red was a perfect match for the decal, but the yellow was too light and needed to be adjusted. 

A "dark dirt" Flory wash was applied to the panel lines only, and not to the rivets since IMO they didn't need more emphasis. Various stains and streaks were applied in key areas and some oil streaks were added underneath. 

The final finish was a couple of light coats of Model Master Flat Clear Lacquer, which in my experience, results in the nice satin finish I was targeting. Photos show a relatively clean machine with soft reflections. 

Overall, I'm happy with the project. The issues I encountered were unexpected but relatively minor. Going into the project, I was a little unsure how the metal paints would work, but I think they turned out well. 

Enjoy the photos and thanks for looking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:31 PM

That's a NICE model, with superb photography!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:45 PM

jeaton01

That's a NICE model, with superb photography!

 

What John says.  Great work on your 'stang!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:54 PM

Looks great, good job!

On the Bench:

  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D Done!
  • Italeri F-100D 1/72  Done!
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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:58 PM

Just so it's completely clear, we are looking at a "model", right?

I am having a hard time not seeing the real deal here, Hoss. The illusion is outstanding.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, February 20, 2021 2:35 PM

Outstanding!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, February 21, 2021 7:17 PM

jeaton01

That's a NICE model, with superb photography!

 

Thanks John

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, February 21, 2021 7:18 PM

Aggieman

 

 
jeaton01

That's a NICE model, with superb photography!

 

 

 

What John says.  Great work on your 'stang!

 

Thanks Aggieman!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, February 21, 2021 7:20 PM

cbaltrin

Looks great, good job!

 

Thanks cbaltrin!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, February 21, 2021 7:21 PM

M. Brindos

Just so it's completely clear, we are looking at a "model", right?

I am having a hard time not seeing the real deal here, Hoss. The illusion is outstanding.

 

Lol - Thanks Mike! 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, February 21, 2021 7:22 PM

wpwar11

Outstanding!

 

Thanks wpwar11 - much appreciated!

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:07 AM
What no pics of the engine firing up. Almost real. Spectacular

 

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Posted by Buckeye2 on Monday, February 22, 2021 9:09 AM

That's a beauty, very well done!

Mike

 

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Posted by bvallot on Monday, February 22, 2021 10:21 AM

Nice job Hoss! =] 

That Eduard kit is beautiful and you're doing her justice. Happy to see another rendition of it. Your OD Green on top looks great. Very clean looking build. Two thumbs up.

On the bench:  

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

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Posted by rooster513 on Monday, February 22, 2021 3:04 PM

Absolute beauty right there Hoss! Those decals look great. Can't believe how well you got the nose checker to conform and settle downYes

-Andy

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:34 PM

tempestjohnny
What no pics of the engine firing up. Almost real. Spectacular
 

Thanks Tempest!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:34 PM

Buckeye2

That's a beauty, very well done!

Mike

 

 

Thanks Mike!

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    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:36 PM

bvallot

Nice job Hoss! =] 

That Eduard kit is beautiful and you're doing her justice. Happy to see another rendition of it. Your OD Green on top looks great. Very clean looking build. Two thumbs up.

 

Thanks bvallot. Much appreciated!

  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:45 PM

rooster513

Absolute beauty right there Hoss! Those decals look great. Can't believe how well you got the nose checker to conform and settle downYes

 

Thanks Rooster. It took two attempts on the nose checker decals. The decal kit gives you 5. The lesson learned for me was to apply both the left and right halves at the same time so I could adjust the position and alignment. 

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    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, March 1, 2021 8:56 PM

Excellent work on a great kit.  Pretty much renders all other 1/48 P-51 kits obsolete.  Interesting on the issues you had as I didn't experience them with this kit. Peterson was an awesome pilot. I always found that story about him shooting a German pilot in a parachute intriging. Minutes earlier the same pilot was shooting B-17 crew members in their shoots.  Peterson getting payback. There's a great interview with Peterson on the topic out there if your interested.            

 "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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