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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Tamiya 1/48 P-51B/C W.I.P. ...
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:19 AM

I bought this decal set a few years ago thinking I would build a Monogram P-51B as a 118 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron Mustang. I knew a fellow back in the 80s who flew out of Tom Reilly's hangar in Kissimmee whose Mustang was painted in 118 TRS colors. Anyway, I'm finally getting around to the build, this time using the Tamiya P-51B/C as the base for this build.

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I black-based the interior with Alclad Black Primer & Microfiller then applied Model Master Green Zinc Chromate enamel. This is not something I do very often but I think it looks pretty nice.

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From the research I did it appears that not all 118 TRS Mustangs were camera equipped so I may not show the camera opening on the rear fuselage. Disregard the red circle, it's in the wrong place. The camera is mounted farther back in the fuselage.

The right side fuselage.

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I haven't yet mastered the art of detailing a 1/48 scale pilot, but I'm working on it.

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Of course, comments are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Monday, May 18, 2020 11:05 PM

Frank, looks like you're off to a great start! My go-to for US fighters is a black Alclad base with interior green over. I think it's a very nice effect, particularly for the P-51, because NAA's interpretation of interior green was a bit darker. 

Looking forward to seeing your progress!

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 7:47 AM

Thanks, RadMax8. I'm really impressed with the precision of the molding on this kit even though it's 25 years old. All of the parts fit together so precisely. This is my first Tamiya kit build. Right now I'm looking for an Eduard canopy paint mask or even Montex. Both appear to be unavailable at the moment except overseas.

 

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:11 PM

Looking good.  I too do the same blackbasing cockpits.  Picked up that tip on here.  Dont see too many p51b builds. I did the accurate miniatures kit some time ago.  I'll be following.

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:04 PM

Looking great so far! Looking forward to the next update. 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:26 PM

Thanks, Hoss. The Eduard canopy paint mask in enroute. When it gets here, I'll apply it and then mate the wings to the fuselage. Thanks for looking in.

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, May 21, 2020 1:38 PM

Nice start, Frank!  I lreally ike the -B, so this is particularly interesting to me.

fotofrank

...I haven't yet mastered the art of detailing a 1/48 scale pilot, but I'm working on it.

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And good for you for using the pilot, too!  A lot of guys are afraid to try.

If I may offer a tip, a good quick-and-dirty technique for a 1/48 or a 1/72 scale figure, is to use a wash, after laying in the basic colors as you have.  It will help pop the details on the figure.  I would use a burnt umber or burnt siena, or if you don't have those, a medium brown.  Very thin, just enough paint to tinge the liquid, over the whole figure.  Like the Dude's carpet in "The Big Lebowski", it ties everything together.

I look forward to seeing your next post on this one!

Best regards,

Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:32 PM

Thanks, Brad. I like to use the pilot figure when one is provided in the kit. The figure in the cockpit gives the model some scale. I have a Tamiya P-51D coming up soon. I'll try the wash technique on that pilot. Thanks for the tip.

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  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:36 PM

Very nice!

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, May 22, 2020 12:46 PM

fotofrank

Thanks, Brad. I like to use the pilot figure when one is provided in the kit. The figure in the cockpit gives the model some scale. I have a Tamiya P-51D coming up soon. I'll try the wash technique on that pilot. Thanks for the tip. 

A modeler after my own heart!  I agree with you about scale.

I grew up on Monogram 1/48 and Revell 1/32 airplane kits (b. 1964), so I couldn't even conceive of a kit that didn't have at least a pilot.  When I got back into modeling, in the late 90s, after a hiatus of about 10 years, I was surprised to see how figures had almost universally disappeared from most makers' kits.  Of course, aftermarket makers had multiplied, but it was a little bit of a culture shock.

I look forward to seeing that dash-D when you build it!

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, May 23, 2020 6:22 AM

The Eduard canopy mask arrived yesterday so I can start moving on this Mustang again.

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, May 25, 2020 10:01 AM

Well, the canopy is masked, the wings are attached and many of the little bits are ready for primer. This kit has been a really fun build. This Mustang is the first Tamiya kit I've built but it certainly won't be the last. For a twenty-five years old kit, the fit and finish are superb. It is raining today so I can't be out on the patio painting. Maybe tomorrow.

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