1/48 Tamiya P51 B "Berlin Express" (FINISHED)

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1/48 Tamiya P51 B "Berlin Express" (FINISHED)

  • Joe,

    Thanks for the info on your airbrush/compressor set up.  My compressor died in the middle of painting the other night.  It seems to work today, but now I'm worried it won't last.  I'm definitely looking to upgrade both the AB and compressor.  The Thayer & Chandler looks like a nice litte AB - right now I'm using a Badger 150 and old Testors compressor.  

    Sorry to hear about your compressor issue with Silentaire and their lack of customer service - I'll stay away from them.  I know what you need about needing a lid on your color cup - my Badger doesn't have a lid so I end up partially covering it with a piece of tape.

    I like your P-51 and your solution to the radiator intake area - very simple and looks great!  The Alclad looks really good too - can't wait to see more.

    Steve

     

  • sanderson_91

    Joe,

    Thanks for the info on your airbrush/compressor set up.  My compressor died in the middle of painting the other night.  It seems to work today, but now I'm worried it won't last.  I'm definitely looking to upgrade both the AB and compressor.  The Thayer & Chandler looks like a nice litte AB - right now I'm using a Badger 150 and old Testors compressor.  

    Sorry to hear about your compressor issue with Silentaire and their lack of customer service - I'll stay away from them.  I know what you need about needing a lid on your color cup - my Badger doesn't have a lid so I end up partially covering it with a piece of tape.

    I like your P-51 and your solution to the radiator intake area - very simple and looks great!  The Alclad looks really good too - can't wait to see more.

    Steve

    No problem Steve.  You should look into the Omni 4000.  Its a nice brush for a shade under $90.00 at DixieArt.com.  I've seen them on E-bay even cheaper.  Reference the compressor, I've been eyeing this (the one on the left) http://dixieart.com/Sparmax_Compressors.html because I like the dettached trap/regulator as on my Scorpion II.  I've also been looking at Passche compressors too.  Also, thanks for the kind words. 

    Brief update.  I had a taping marathon earlier today.  I decided to paint in the red and yellow 357th FG checkered nose instead of using the supplied decals.  I did this on my two previous 357th FG P-51s and I liked the results.  I started by painting the section ahead of the exhaust  XF-3 Flat Yellow with a smidgen of XF-7 Flat Red thusly...

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    I cut out one of the squares (checkers) on the decal to use as a guide and I used Tamiya tape around the nose.  Some were tapered slightly to fit the contour of the nose.  This was easier than it looks.

    The nose and prop hub were then sprayed XF-7. 

    Tape removed....viola.  Decals?....we don't need no stinkin' decals!

    I have a tried to paint in the prop stripe in the past without success.  It always comes out lopsided and crooked.  Fortunately I have an old Aeromaster sheet that supplies prop stripe as a decal.  I'll add that at the decaling stage.

    I sprayed XF-2 Flat White on the wings and fuselage then taped off the invasion stripes, which are 3/8th of an inch wide in 1/48 scale.  I still don't know if I will duplicate the plane on D-day or later.  Right now I'm leaning towards a D-Day plane.   

    I hope to get started on the scheme soon. 

      

     

     

     

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

  • Joe,

    Sweet looking paint!  Definitely like the checkers and invasion stripes painted in place of the decals!  That Sparmax  compressor is the same one that I've been looking at.  

    Steve

     

  • Joe, you're a machine!

    Science is the pursiut of knowledge, faith is the pursuit of wisdom.  Peace be with you.

    On the Tarmac: 1/48 Revell Ju 87D

    In the Hanger: Perhaps a bunch of Revellogram kits

  • Thanks Steve and Reasoned.  Steve, perhaps you can get that compressor and then tell me how you like it. 

    I'm in for another update.  I had some free time today so I got some painting in.  The profie on the Aeromaster decal sheet and on Bud Anderson's website both call for an upper surface in "Dark Olive Drab".  I'm not sure if they mean normal Olive Drab or possibly RAF Dark Green, since alot of 357th planes had this color field applied to their NMF birds.  My research revealed nothing.  Actually, I've found very little about this plane.  I ultimately went with Gunze Olive Drab and sprayed the upper fuselage and wings.  I cut it with XF-57 and did some streaking. 

    The OD was then taped off and I re-sprayed Alclad Duraluminum on the lower surface and sides.  I used a dusting coat until it was covered.  I then taped off some of the fuselage panels and sprayed some Dark Aluminum and Matte Aluminum.  Man this thing took alot of Tamiya tape...

    Time to start on the dreaded canopies......ugh....

    Joe

     

     

     

     

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

  • Joe,

    Your paint work is looking really nice!  I really like your streaking technique.  I did purchase the Sparmax compressor from Dixie Art so I'll let you know how it is once it's delivered and I get it set up.  

    Steve

     

  • Hello all, I just haven't had much bench time lately.  I did manage to get the Express decaled and the lines washed recently.  I used the Flory product, a mix of Dark Dirt and Black, which I have really come to like.  I love the war-wary look it leaves.  I then turned my attention to the gears, wheels, and other small assemblies.  I tried making due with the kit wheels but once I got them painted black, I still didn't like them.  They had a prominent center line seam through the tread that I had to sand off.  This killed the tread pattern that was very weak to begin with.    It kind of killed the overall look.  These are not Tamiya's best work.  I decided to find me some Ultracast wheels  which are in a class of their own anyways.  I'll stick with my normal rule to only use kit wheels if the subject's tread is smooth. 

    Before Flory...

    After Flory....

    Work will commence when the wheels arrive.  I will try Jester's suggestion to use a circle template for the white wall tires. 

    Joe        

     

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

  • Looking great Joe!! I agree with you, the wash just says BAM and its alive!!! Good luck with the template!

    Eric

     

  • Looks really nice all glossed and decaled Joe. I agree nothing more simpler than the Flory wash. And too I haven't used kit wheels on anything in 2 years or more.

     

  • Good gracious that cockpit looks nice.

  • I finished last night and its finally off my bench.  To review, it's the Tamiya P-51 B kit in the markings of Bill Overstreet's 357th FG "Berlin Express".  As I said, this build was inspired by an account where Overstreet claimed he chased a Bf 109 under the Eiffel Tower and then shot it down.  You are a brave man and thank you for your service.  This particular plane was a P-51C-5 NT and I think the only difference between it and a B model was where it was manufactured.  The long out of production Aeromaster sheet 48-288 with Overstreet's Express on it has been sort of a "white whale" for me for quite some time.  I was finally fortunate enough to win it on E-bay and the build commenced shortly thereafter.  Since I was unsure how the plane looked later in it's career with the Malcomb hood fitted, I went with what I knew was probably accurate, at least on D-Day.  Besides, I like the streamlined look of the early birdcage P-51 anyhow. 

    The kit builds up as advertised...it is afterall Tamiya.  My complaints are the standard wrong curved floor and the PITA seam at the lower radiator/ehaust (I hate this area on their D too).   I did add the more detailed Verlinden cockpit which was a mixed bag.  The IP was lousy and the floor had the same curve as the kit part (Merlin Mustangs had a flat wooden floor).  The seat was however very nicely detailed which to me is the most important part anyways. Next time I'll use an Eduard PE set with an Ultracast seat and be done with it.  I did drill out the exhausts, 50 cals and added fine wire to the radio deck and plumbing for the drop tanks.  I used Ultracast wheels and took Jester's suggestion and used a circle template as a spray mask for the white wall tires.  It worked like a charm....thanks Eric. 

    Thanks for following the thread and comments are welcome.

    Joe

     

     

      

     

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

  • You make these kits come alive Joe, great work again!  Masterful job on the invasion stripes, it's no cake walk getting those on correctly and the cowl checkers are excellent.  The "B" Pony is kind of growing on me compared to the all too familiar "D".  I've been eyeing the Revell version in Michaels but just know the Tamiya is probably a better kit.  Once again Toast

    Science is the pursiut of knowledge, faith is the pursuit of wisdom.  Peace be with you.

    On the Tarmac: 1/48 Revell Ju 87D

    In the Hanger: Perhaps a bunch of Revellogram kits

  • Joe, you really seem to have found your niche with these 1/48 subjects.  Just amazing quality work here, both rich in detail and colour.  Your photography is also top notch.  Again, simply wonderful stuff here.  Yes

    regards,

    Jack

  • She's a beaut Joe. Nice work on the wheels. They look real. She could maybe use some subtle exhaust stains though. Still an amazing build and just a suggestion.

     

  • Joe I'm impressed as always.  Your builds are always an inspiration for me.  What more can I say, you da man!Big Smile

    Gary


    "All you mugs need to get busy building, and post pics!"