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  • Member since
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  • From: Seaview, WA
Tamiya P51-D
Posted by andy.t on Thursday, January 31, 2019 3:03 PM

I thought I would document this build in a single post. It's my first use of Photo Etched parts.

 

Here is the seat:

 

The cockpit:

 

The fuselage:

All comments welcome.

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:04 PM
Not bad. I assume your going to paint the gold on the seat.

 "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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  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:09 PM

Yep.

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

  • Member since
    February, 2018
  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Saturday, February 02, 2019 2:12 PM

So a couple of lessons learned so far.

1) PE parts are small and difficult to hold on to. I've dropped more than a few.

2) The EDUARD instruction sheets are not the easiest to read, and I need to spend more time studing them and identifying where the PE goes. I initially did the wheel well backwards. It would be helpful if the added the model instruction step where to apply.

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

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    January, 2019
  • From: Southeast Kentucky
Posted by The Drifter on Saturday, February 02, 2019 2:21 PM

andy.t

So a couple of lessons learned so far.

1) PE parts are small and difficult to hold on to. I've dropped more than a few.

2) The EDUARD instruction sheets are not the easiest to read, and I need to spend more time studing them and identifying where the PE goes. I initially did the wheel well backwards. It would be helpful if the added the model instruction step where to apply.

 

Looking good there Andy.

Instead of holding the PE parts in your hand and trying to form them (if that's what your doing), lay them on your bench and use standard razor blades to bend the PE part(s) into position. Eduard IMHO is one of the best in PE parts, and with time you will come to understand their instruction sheets and their placement. Don't let these discourage you from future PE builds.

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  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Saturday, February 02, 2019 3:41 PM

Definately not holding by hand. Trying wax pencil, tweezers and jewelry pickups.

Here is the landing gear I am currently working on.

 

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

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    April, 2009
  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Saturday, February 02, 2019 4:35 PM

Before cutting tiny PE parts off the sheet, I put a piece of Tamiya masking tape under them, and press them down.  Then I cut them from the little attachment points, and remove the tape with the part(s) stuck on it.  It is then easy to lift each part from the tape with a fine point tweezer.  No more launched tiny bits!

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Saturday, February 02, 2019 4:43 PM

Finished landing gear. Only took about 3 hours.

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

  • Member since
    February, 2018
  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Saturday, February 02, 2019 5:21 PM

Great idea. Thanks for the tip.

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

  • Member since
    January, 2010
Posted by rob44 on Saturday, February 02, 2019 6:09 PM

I also brush the PE with some vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes then rinse it off. It creates a fine "etching" of the metal so the paint will adhere better.

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  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Saturday, February 02, 2019 6:21 PM

Here is the second landing gear. It only took an hour :)

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

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    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Saturday, February 02, 2019 9:26 PM

andy.t

Here is the second landing gear. It only took an hour :)

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Yikes Surprise 

That looks great.  I'd be tearing my hair out if I ever tried something so detailed.

Can't wait to see more of your build.

PF

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, February 03, 2019 1:42 AM
PE is a pain. That's why I mostly use it for seat belts and instrument panels. You'll improve with practice. Looking good Andy.

 "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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  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Sunday, February 03, 2019 3:07 PM

Here is the wheel well. I initially missed these pieces.

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

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  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Sunday, February 03, 2019 6:45 PM

Fuel tanks:

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

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  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Tuesday, February 05, 2019 3:01 PM

OK that's it for the PE. Next step is Metal Cote Spray which I have never used.

More lessons learned on the PE.

1) Having the right tools is critical. I lacked micro tweezers and this caused me no small amount of crawiling around on the floor looking for dropped parts. I have a set on order now.

2) Of all the ways I tried cutting the PE the Tamiya PE scissors was by far the easiest and best.

All in all the PE looks great, however it is expensive and time consuming. I will use it in the future but only on selected kits.

On to the Metal Cote.

Here is the fuselage primed with Krylon colormaster.

Here is the model with the metal cote applied and dried overnight. Next is the buffing stage.

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

  • Member since
    September, 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Tuesday, February 05, 2019 3:30 PM

Nice work so far Andy! I really like the fuel tanks. It's that kind of detail that really makes a difference with the finished model. Looking forward to seeing how the Metal Cote comes out buffed!

-Andy

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  • From: Lyons Colorado, USA
Posted by Ray Marotta on Tuesday, February 05, 2019 3:47 PM
Your Mustang build is looking really good! One small note, the wing skin panels on the real P-51 were puttied smooth to assist with laminar air flow over them. Since you're already "in the paint shop," I wouldn't change a thing. I'm currently building up my courage to do Dragon's 1/32 F-6D Mustang as a post war RF-51D with Eduard's "Big Ed" detail set and cast metal landing gears. I'm going to call it MY Mustang since my Dad was the Crew Chief and I used to sit in the cockpit as a two year old and pitch a fit about being pulled out of it. It's serial number was 511659, side number was FF-659. 15th Tactical Recon Squadron.

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  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Tuesday, February 05, 2019 5:04 PM

Here it is after a light wash of flat black over the panel lines and buffed.

The spray went on grainy but buffed smooth with a cotton swab.

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, February 05, 2019 7:50 PM

Enjoying watching your progress. You are doing well. Yes

On your coordinating the Eduard instructions with the kit instructions, I guess I always considered that part of the fun. Takes a little bit of studying. As the Drifter mentioned, it'll come easier.

-Greg

  • Member since
    February, 2018
  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 6:46 PM

Here she is painted and with a coat of future applied.

 

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

  • Member since
    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 7:02 PM

You’re a brave one using Krylon paints. They’re garbage. I’ve had enough kits ruined because of that garbage paint.

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 10:57 PM
Looking good. Nailed the blue nose pretty well.

 "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
    February, 2018
  • From: Seaview, WA
Posted by andy.t on Friday, February 08, 2019 7:40 PM

Here it is finished.

Andy

On the Bench: TAMIYA P-51D Mustang 8th AF
                      Hasagawa HH-60D Night Hawk

Imagination is Forever

 

  • Member since
    January, 2019
Posted by Edwin on Friday, February 08, 2019 9:10 PM

andy.t

Here it is finished.

 

Is that decal (star emblem) on the wing upside down?

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