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  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Cleveland, OH
F-6B Recon Mustang
Posted by RadMax8 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 11:34 PM

Hello, all. I’ve been slowly working on this since February. It was a part of the “Eye in the Sky“ GB, which I’ve missed the deadline horribly...

 

This is the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 F-6B kit, which is really just a P-51A with a camera in the back. I’ve got a bit of a “thing” for these early Mustangs, and the kits in the stash to prove it. For this build, I’ve added details from Ultracast including a seat, exhaust, prop, and wheels. I decided to do some scratch-building in the cockpit/camera area, though admittedly amateurish compared to some of the work done here. 

 

The plane was flown by Maj. Russ Berg, who ended up retiring from the USAF in 1970 as a Brigadier General. 

 

Without further ado, the photos:

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Invasion stripe masking in-progress.

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Masking complete. Fuselage was a bit of a challenge.

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Wing tanks and exhaust done in Alclad, prop blades and spinner in Tamiya.

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Underside painted and faded, and wing tank fillers masked. 

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Covered up all my work!

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Masking tape and sticky-tack sausages for a slightly feathered demarcation.

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First photo in my Christmas present from the wife: portable photo booth.

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Starting color modulation.  By all accounts, this was a fairly heavily weathered plane. 

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There we are, much better after blending it all.

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Of course, the invasion stripes were scrubbed off the upper surfaces. Here’s my attempt at representing that. 

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I’m pretty happy with how the effect turned out. If I were to do it again, I’d have made the color difference less stark on the invasion stripes to be over-painted.

 

Questions, comments, and constructive criticism welcome!

 

  • Member since
    January 2020
Posted by B777Commander on Saturday, January 4, 2020 11:39 PM

I love it! Thanks for sharing. I don't feelt that it is an easy kit either, having completed their P-51A recently. It looks like you're doing very well.

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, January 4, 2020 11:43 PM

Love it so far. Everything looks great!

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, January 5, 2020 4:52 AM
Looks great. I built this kit about 10 years ago. Would like to find another.

 

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:35 AM

Wow, very nice work. Love those early Mustangs too. 

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:14 PM

Thanks for the comments!

 

Had a quick decal session tonight. Accurate Miniatures didn’t have any stencils for this plane, so after about an hour I was finished! Here’s the proof:

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I realize now I didn’t bring the olive drab down far enough on the nose, or the fuselage stripes. Oh well, I’m still very happy with how this one’s turning out!

  • Member since
    May 2006
  • From: Irmo, South Carolina
Posted by Shipwreck on Monday, January 6, 2020 8:31 AM
RADMAX8, nice work. I noticed that you have the armor plate that goes behind the seat. I glued mine in after glueing the seat in.That had to be the hard way! Did you assemble the plate and seat, then glue them in as an assembly?

On the Bench:

Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

  • Member since
    June 2013
Posted by bvallot on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:37 PM

You've got a great build going so far RM8. Very nicely done on the cockpit. I like the extras. =] You did well scratching out that camera too. I'm a big fan of the lines on the P-51A. I'm looking forward to the finish.

On the bench:  

Tamiya P-51D  William Shomo

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:06 PM

Shipwreck
RADMAX8, nice work. I noticed that you have the armor plate that goes behind the seat. I glued mine in after glueing the seat in.That had to be the hard way! Did you assemble the plate and seat, then glue them in as an assembly?



Hey Shipwreck, sorry I just saw this! You're right, I glued the seat to the frame, and then that assembly got glued to the armor plate that I scratch built. Then the final assembly was glued into the cockpit.

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:42 PM

bvallot

You've got a great build going so far RM8. Very nicely done on the cockpit. I like the extras. =] You did well scratching out that camera too. I'm a big fan of the lines on the P-51A. I'm looking forward to the finish. 



Britt, high praise coming from you! Although I used your build as an inspiration, I didn't got 10% as far as you did on your P-51A masterpiece! Perhaps some day I'll be able to achieve your level of detail! 

I agree, there's just something about the lines of the P-51As that really looks great  I even like the B/C model. Must be the high back look that grabs me.

Nice work on the D model you just wrapped up, as well!

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, January 17, 2020 2:33 AM

Turning out great Max.  OD looks awesome.  I look forward to the finished model.   

 "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
    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, January 19, 2020 1:31 PM

Looking great so far. Looking forward to the finish!

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