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fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Tamiya P-51B WIP
Posted by fox on Monday, October 28, 2019 9:28 PM

It's been a long time (PB fiasco) since I posted a WIP so I thought it's about time for me to get back in the saddle and post one. With my very limited computer knowledge and transfer of pics from the wifes phone I'm going to give it the old school try. Sooooooo, here goes.

I have this commission build to do of a P-51B Mustang. I looked around at various builds and reviews and settled on the Tamiya 1/48 kit. The customer looked at some of my work and didn't want a super detailed build. He decided to have me just spice it up a little. So, I picked up a little PE for the pit from Eduard (FE219). I'll add a few of the scratchbuilt items that I usually add like brake lines, open canopy. Going to try to duplicate the one shown on the side of the box (339th Fighter Group, 504th Fighter Squadron). Will try to keep the pics coming. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/nAL2MLbiPCHGRhyC7

I opened the box and started removing the parts for the pit and also the bombs and fuel tanks. They went together easily with a minimum of sanding on the seams. Pit started to go together easily. Had to remove a couple of those dreaded raised circles on the insides of the pit that just happen to be where they would interfere with the pit fitting flush where it is supposed to be mounted. It now fits fine. Masked off the areas inside the fuselage and wings that will show through openings and sprayed with Green Zinc Chromate. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/EntoR9pzWq2sdh9B9

I removed the box-like pedals from the bottom of the IP and replaced with scratch built pedals that look like the reference photo. Guess I'll put a coat of primer on the fuel tanks and bombs tonight while waiting for all the Chromate to cure.

Any comments and critiques greatfully accepted.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 2:57 AM

Nice to have you back Jim!  It's looking good.  Try Shutterfly and add their app toyour phone.  I take pictures with my I-phone and down load them right from my phone.  I then just copy and paste.  Very easy. 

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

 

 

 

 

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 11:47 AM

Thanks Lawdog. My wife doesn't want any more apps on her phone. My phone is an old flip phone and it isn't working well so my stepson is going to get me a new phone. I'll give your suggestion a try when I get the new phone.

Some of these PE pieces that go on the left hand console are really fun to work with. If you believe that, I've got some swamp land to sell.Wink I can just about see them with the Optivisor on let alone pick them up and put them in place. This will be interesting.

Jim  Captain 

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:02 PM

Welcome back, Jim!  I'll second Lawdog's suggestion-it's nice to be able to embed the images, instead of a link.

It's interesting-I went to your Google photo account, to see what the Sharing functionality is like.  Looks like it links to Facebook and Twitter, or lets you email a link (or the image?), or create a link.  But the link doesn't have the content for a webpage to read and present as an image to the viewer.

Hmm...that makes me wonder about creating a linked image, with the link Google Photos creates.  Let's see...

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:06 PM

Ahhhhh, nuts!  Didn't work.  I'd need to look at my html manual.

But I have forgotten to say, nice build, nice progress so far!  I look forward to your next installment.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:58 PM

Looking good. Following along.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, November 3, 2019 8:00 PM

Got a little more work done on the pit, wheels, bombs and fuel tanks. The pit is just about finished with the exception of the seat belts. Hope that my hands will let me do them tomorrow. Those belts sure are small.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Pg6yKsiwMqupgz4H6

Going to put some wiring and piping in the wheel wells. Found a couple of good pics of the brake lines. Should be fairly easy to replicate down the legs. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2qW2UZkHuKsw5ZqM6

If all goes well with the seat belts, I should be able to close the pit up between the fuselage halves. I did some dry fitting on it today and it looks like there will be only a slight amount of putty needed along the top half behind the pit. Removing that little bit of plastic on the inside near the seat really brought the halves together.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, November 4, 2019 7:38 PM

Well, my hands cooperated with me and I got the seat belts made up and installed in the pit. It was a nerve wracking afternoon.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/L1LyGesDUEF3SMWi7

Took me about 6 hours to get them done and installed. I really have to hand it to all of you out there who work with PE all the time and do such excellent work with the stuff.Yes Yes Yes I lost count of the number of times I had to fight the carpet monster. When I finished swearing like crazy and it got real quiet up here, the wife came up and when she saw me crawling around on the floor with a flashlight she said "UH-OH" and quietly retreated back down the stairs. 

Going to start putting the pit in the fuselage tonight. Hope it goes well.

Jim   Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, November 8, 2019 10:38 PM

Tried a new method (for me) of closing up the fuselage. Instead of using tape and closing up the entire thing at one shot, I closed it up in increments of about 2 or 3 inches at a time using rubber bands and small C-clamps and Tamiya Extra thin cement.  I've had these old Xacto C-Clamps for years. Used to use them on the stick and tissue planes. Never used them on plastic models because they slipped all over the place and could scratch up the plastic. Came up with the idea to mount felt on the connecting surfaces. It worked out pretty well. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/xcZpBp7wtKYG1cNr9

The only place that may need just a little putty is under the oil cooler. I'll work on cleaning up the seams tomorrow. I think that the pit looks pretty good.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/h2apm3CseyYJfi7BA

Worked on the brake lines tonight. Gave me a hard time but I think it'll look OK after it's painted.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/k4eLsy5SfA8rjmhFA

Jim  Captain

 

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, November 9, 2019 5:25 AM
Excellent work Jim. The added detail makes a difference.

 

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, November 9, 2019 5:45 AM
Nice work on that office,looks great.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, November 11, 2019 8:42 PM

Thanks Tojo and TJ. Put some more work into it today. 

Added a little more wiring to the wheel wells to spice it up a little.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/eKV64yvmbpb2oqmR9

Got the brake lines on and painted. Don't know why the rubber hose goes through the scissors. Seems wrong but that's the way it shows on the reference pic that I have.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/qQouEyAgBuM2Jqwt6

Drilled out the exhaust stacks and started rusting them up a bit.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/EdaGy9DWPRQDkExG7

Shot a coat of primer on the fuselage to check on the seams. Came out fair. Will go back and work on it a little more.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/WogR9BVQ26ECVDrF7

Think it needs just a little more sanding without adding any putty. 

Been looking for generic German, Italian, and Brittish decals for the Museum models I'm working on. Found one place that had just what I'm looking for but discovered that he's out of business. I'll keep on trying. That's the way the cookie crumbles.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, November 18, 2019 6:46 PM

Got the wing and tail surfaces mounted last night. This is the first time that I have not needed to use any putty on them. The fit was perfect. Added the radiator rear shutter, landing flaps and ordinance mounts. Made card stock fillers for the wheel wells to mask for painting.  

https://photos.app.goo.gl/G9hpSwKBWPPu9KPU8

Shot a coat of primer on everything to check for fit and/or mistakes.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/XCFM6zzizaF7DwjH7

 Ready to shoot the gloss black in preparation for the natural metal finish. Looks OK to me. If any of you see anything I missed, let me know.

Have to help the wife install drapes for one of her coustomers tomorrow so I guess that means I'll put the paint on tomorrow night.

Jim  Captain

Almost forgot, I drilled out the mg barrels.

 

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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