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'Zebra-striped' Polish Pony - Revell 1/32 P-51B Mustang FINISHED w/full photos

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'Zebra-striped' Polish Pony - Revell 1/32 P-51B Mustang FINISHED w/full photos
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:32 PM

Every decade or so I seem to end up revisiting what was perhaps my very first 'favorite' kit ever, Revell's oldie-but-goodie 1/32 P-51B Mustang. It's a kit very clearly of its time, with faults and shortcomings that are well-documented elsewhere; but it's also a fun and very satisfying kit to build, readily available, and can be found dirt-cheap (relatively speaking). And...not coincidentally...it's original release [dated 1969] boasted what in my highly-biased opinion I consider to be the finest example of model box art illustration ever produced...by the late, great artist and master-illustrator Jack Leynnwood:

Same kit, slightly different boxing: for this go-round, I shall be working on an only-slightly more recent release, vintage 1993:

This Malcolm-hood boxing was something of a 'double Fizzbin,' markings-wise, with decals for both Ralph Hofer's USAAF 'Salem Representative,' and Polish ace Eugeniusz Horbaczewski's well-known RAF Mustang III in 1944. (I also have the above-illustrated markings and the 'greenhouse' canopy for US ace Don Gentile's 'Shangri-La'...just haven't decided yet which one to do.)

My intent is to 'spiff the kit up' without attempting to completely re-engineer it; add some detail (including a nice Aires resin kit for the cockpit...perhaps the area where the kit is most 'challenged'), but not drive myself crazy trying to pick every 'nit' along the way. And while this build will be for fun rather than rivet-counting...the very first thing I did was to take some ScotchBrite pads to the kit's profusion of '60s-style molded rivets, to 'dull down' (but not eliminate) the surface texture that was the hallmark of 'authentic detail' way back when.

Part 1 - Engine

The kit contains a simplified but serviceable version of the famed Packard Merlin engine, which will mainly be visible only from the exhausts-up with the kit's removable cowl piece. The kit offers only the early 'plinth' style exhausts--technically incorrect for most of the markings-options mentioned above--but that's one of the things I'm not going to sweat. I did drill out the exhaust stacks, however.

I added some representational plumbing using assorted diameters of metal and plastic tubing, plus copper, lead and insulated electrical wire. A few left-over etched greebles and styrene rod stood in for control rods and linkages.

The 'before' and 'after':

And the 'I guess it looks busy enough' view, with the fuselage halves test-clamped together:

That's all for now. I've started some minor 'tailoring' to fit the Aires resin 'pit (designed for the Trumpeter kit) into the Revell fuselage, and have base-colored the resin parts. Photos as work progresses.

Thanks for tuning in.

Greg

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, June 23, 2019 9:24 PM

Ah my favorite type of project- dressing up an old kit! Sweet!

 

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, June 23, 2019 9:43 PM

stikpusher

Ah my favorite type of project- dressing up an old kit! Sweet!

Yes

Greg

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, July 01, 2019 5:21 PM

Part 2 - Cockpit

Despite being developed for the Trumpeter kit, the Aires set seems to fit the Revell version like a glove. Mainly resin parts, with photoetch (and photo-printed on clear) insets for the main panel, along with etch belts that I chose not to use in favor of an old set of Verlinden buckles, with plain masking-tape belts. I added a scattering of Eduard color data-plates (and my own home-made decal versions), along with a very few handles and such. [Two odd omissions from the Aires set--which may be catered for in the Trumpeter kit, which I've never seen--were the main throttle, and the distinctive floor-mounted emergency hand pump beside the seat. I scratchbuilt the pump; for the throttle I adapted an old Waldron Products version designed for the Spitfire.]

On with the show:

Greg

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 4:00 PM

Ooooohhhhhh!!! Now THAT'S nice! Definitely following this one.

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 5:54 PM

Devil Dawg

Ooooohhhhhh!!! Now THAT'S nice! Definitely following this one.

Thanks, Gary!

No pics of the 'boring stuff' yet, but the wings & stabilizers are on (w/ most filling & sanding done), just getting ready to fix and drop the flaps.

Greg

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 11:26 PM

Just noticed that you live in Towson, Greg. I used to live in Columbia, MD, from 1995 - 1997 (moved there straight outta the Marines to get my first civilian job). That's an EXPENSIVE area to live in. But, you can't beat all the history that you can go visit in that area, either. Makes putting up with all the traffic worth it.

Gary Mason

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 2:49 AM
Outstanding work!

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:40 AM

Devil Dawg

Just noticed that you live in Towson, Greg. I used to live in Columbia, MD, from 1995 - 1997 (moved there straight outta the Marines to get my first civilian job). That's an EXPENSIVE area to live in. But, you can't beat all the history that you can go visit in that area, either. Makes putting up with all the traffic worth it.

Gary Mason

Gary, my part of Towson is the solid middle-class end, not nearly as 'toney' as most of Columbia! (In actual fact, my neighborhood was the home of several of the 'Old Colts' players during the '50s and '60s...back in the days when players worked off-season in bowling alleys and liquor stores to make ends meet, just like ordinary Joes!)

Still, a very nice place to live...and as you said, lots of interesting stuff to see and do nearby. (Plus lots of interesting 'stuff' in the airways above, with regular overflights by MD. National Guard A-10s and more rarely-seen birds transiting to the DC area. I even saw a Skycrane over the house a week or so ago, a first-ever for spotting that particular type!)

Greg

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:46 AM

Thanks, Joe!

Making steady progress. Here's a generic shot of the beast pre-primer, with flaps dropped and ready to paint. Black on the canopy areas are some nice Montex masks (using that brand for the first time, and delighted with them so far!) Other masking is decidedly 'low-tech': Saran-wrap for the exhausts, post-it paper for the cockpit, and paper towel scrap stuffed into the intake undermeath! Big Smile

Since I limited myself to the kit's 'shrouded' exhausts, I've decided to 'do 'er up' as an RAF Mustang III which still happened to have that particular configuration. I should add that...as has always been the case...the canopy parts fit for this kit is pretty awful. I hacked the 'hinge holders' for the original greenouse parts off and cleaned up the surfaces to a more-or-less acceptable degree...and narrowed down the 15-degree backward tilt of the windscreen to something a bit less obvious...but a test-fit of the 'Malcolm hood' shows it won't fit well either opened or closed, so that's a bridge yet-to-be-burned when we come to it! Marching on....

Thanks for checking in!

Greg

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 7:14 PM
Excellent work on the upgrades , this is really popping!
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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:38 PM

TREYZX10R
Excellent work on the upgrades , this is really popping!

Thanks, Trey!
 
Had nearly the whole day to paint, with humidity nice and low so I could get in multiple shots. Underside Medium Sea Grey sprayed (Tamiya acrylic) and dry-brushed for tone (Testors square-bottle enamel), then stab undersides and fuselage 'line' masked and the top Ocean Grey sprayed and dry-brushed as well.
 
For the camouflage scheme, I used the simplest masking method I know: I used the blown-up-to-1/32 drawings I printed out for scribing panel lines to lay out the camouflage scheme, then simply cut them out and stuck them on with Silly Putty:
 
 
 
It ain't pretty...but it works great!
 
Once the Dark Green is sprayed and drybrushed, I'll mask for...wait for it...D-Day stripes. Just what all the best-dressed 'ponies' are wearing, this season.

Greg

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, July 25, 2019 6:16 PM

I've yet to try that method, but I've seen others make it work.

I'm eagerly waiting for the green. :)

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Posted by gregbale on Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:14 PM

M. Brindos

I've yet to try that method, but I've seen others make it work.

I'm eagerly waiting for the green. :)

"Ask, and ye shall receive...."

It's a great way to reproduce that 'soft hard line' separation so typical of so many camouflage schemes, and which photos show for the Mustang IIIs I'm doing. Only two tricks are to keep the Silly Putty height reasonably consistent, and to remember to spray away from the masked edge instead of into it; almost no touch-ups or corrections are required.

It was another dry day, so I got a start on the invasion stripes as well: this masking took as long as all the masking and painting so far, put together! I used a grey-tinted 'eggshell' white to take some of the chroma off.

I'm expecting masking the black stripes will take a little less time. It's somewhat a dilemma: it's one of those cases where photos show the stripes on the particular a/c I'm doing are pretty ragged...but if you make it too 'accurate,' it tends to just look like sloppy paintwork on the model. Some 'artistic' license may be called for. Big Smile

Greg

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Posted by Tosh on Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:12 PM

Awesome craftsmanship!

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:40 PM

Nice!

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, July 26, 2019 12:35 PM

Thanks, Mike and Toshi!

Greg

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Posted by Greg on Friday, July 26, 2019 1:43 PM

Just found this thread and so glad I did.

Good to see a 1/32 airplane, and this good 'ol Revell, well, it is outstanding to see what you are doing with it.

So much to comment on, but I'll limit it to saying how impressive you engine detailing is, and I'd never seen that masking method before, so than you for that alone, Greg.

 

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, July 26, 2019 3:47 PM

Greg
So much to comment on, but I'll limit it to saying how impressive you engine detailing is, and I'd never seen that masking method before, so than you for that alone, Greg.

I wish I could take credit for it. Whistling

I'm pretty sure I gleaned it from some IPMS publication, back in the early years of home printers. Being able to match drawing to model contours really helps reduce the 'fool factor' in locating camouflage...something I'm always grateful for!

Greg

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 04, 2019 12:14 PM

My nostalgic old pony is finished, so I figure I'll post a 'teaser'; there doesn't seem to be any point in posting the full photo barrage and details until after the web gurus get finished with their overhaul come mid-week.

Here she is, spiffed-up and mission-ready in the colors of the RAF's 315 (Polish) Squadron:

Greg

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, August 04, 2019 2:50 PM

Well, the teaser shot is a teaser indeed! Wow!

 

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 04, 2019 3:09 PM

stikpusher

Well, the teaser shot is a teaser indeed! Wow!

Thanks, Stik!

Greg

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, August 04, 2019 5:37 PM

gregbale

My nostalgic old pony is finished, so I figure I'll post a 'teaser'; there doesn't seem to be any point in posting the full photo barrage and details until after the web gurus get finished with their overhaul come mid-week.

Here she is, spiffed-up and mission-ready in the colors of the RAF's 315 (Polish) Squadron:

 

Dang, Mr. Bale!! She's bee-yoo-tee-ful!! I'll just send you my P-51 and you can build it for me! Ain't no way mine will look that good.

Gary Mason

 

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 04, 2019 5:47 PM

Devil Dawg
I'll just send you my P-51 and you can build it for me! Ain't no way mine will look that good.

I'll do anything but the [expletive] canopy. Too much damn trouble!Crying

But seriously, thanks Gary! For being such an aged waffle of a kit, I'm pretty chuffed with how it came out.

I'll put the rest of the shots up in a few days.

Greg

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Posted by Reasoned on Sunday, August 04, 2019 7:28 PM
Looks stunning...even with just one shot, looking forward to the balance.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, August 04, 2019 9:59 PM

The amount of details you added to that old kit is nothing short of impressive.

Very well done!

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 8:33 AM

Here she is: Revell's '60s-vintage 1/32 P-51B Mustang in a 1983 boxing, with the RAF-style Malcolm hood as the included canopy option. The aircraft depicted is the second of three Mustang Mk. III's flown by renowned Polish ace Eugeniusz 'Dziubek' Horbaczewski, C/O of No. 315 (Polish) Squadron.

Besides the engine and cockpit work outlined previously, the only major addition was a nice set of Barracuda resin wheels and block-tread tires to replace the kit's pretty featureless ones. The old kit actually includes underwing pylons--which I had completely forgotten--but no stores; I happened to have a set of True Details resin Napalm tanks unused from another project, so I just 'retro-d' them back to their original 75-gallon drop tank configuration. (This aircraft's last combat outing with Horbaczewski at the controls was a long-range Beaufighter-escort mission to Norway, so the tanks are a fitting addition.)

Paints are Tamiya acrylics; the excellent decals are from Techmod's extensive 'Polish Mustangs' sheet.

[BTW, the rough-edges and uneven spacing of the invasion stripes are actually 'toned down' from what photos show for the real aircraft. There's a short clip on YouTube of Horbaczewski 'rolling out' for takeoff, showing parts of the fuselage stripes on both sides of the a/c...and they look like they were painted by a blind man. (Or an aircrewman in a hurry, who had better things to attend to!)]

Biggest challenge was the kit's pretty awful clear parts; big square 'hinge holders' (for the original greenhouse-style canopy) had to be carefully chiseled from both windscreen and quarter-lights, and those areas made smooth and clear again. The Malcolm hood part was too short length-wise to be displayed closed, and too short in height to fit in an open position. I ended up adding on extensions in the way of the 'sliding' portion of the bubble to stretch the height a bit, but it's still a very near thing.

Despite quite a few published profile illustrations to the contrary, this particular a/c was the only one of Horbaczewski's (3) Mustangs to carry invasion stripes; FB382 was flown from mid-June through July 1944, until 'traded in' for the more-frequently-depicted FB387--the aircraft bearing the well-known victory tally for his four V-1 kills. [It is possible that FB382 was marked for one or more V-1 victories as well, though no photographic evidence seems to exist to show them.]

The third-highest-scoring Polish fighter ace was KIA on 18 August 1944 during a 'Rodeo' mission over France; he was credited with 3 Fw190s during that flight before he himself was shot down, for a final total of 16.5 aircraft confirmed (and one probable) with 4 V-1 missiles destroyed.

 

Greg

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 1:38 PM

Very nicely done bird all around.  Paint is perfection to my eyes,with justenough "wear and tear".

As an aside, my lady grew up in Towson in the 50's to mid 60's.  Her folks had the Dairy Bar business and did some catering.

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 3:30 PM

Hello!

It's good to see a machine in Polish markings, and it's lookin' very nice, too!

I remember reading about Horbaczewski when I was young. They say he was a "city street boy" from Warsaw and he had this nickname - "Dziubek" which can be translated to English as "Beaky" or "Face", because that's how Horbaczewski adressed most of the people he was talking to. The book also said that he also had the habit of holding his interlocutor (the one he was talkin to) by his shirt button... Try to imagine that, someone grabbing you by the shirt button and saying: "Dziubek, how was your date yesterday?".

Anyhow, thanks for sharing and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 4:32 PM

That’s a beautiful bird! 

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