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1/48 Eduard P-51 D 4th FG "Donald Emerson" (Finished)

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1/48 Eduard P-51 D 4th FG "Donald Emerson" (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, August 14, 2020 2:20 AM

Here's my second attempt at the new Eduard P-51 D, this time the early D-5 filletless version.  I've been waiting for a filletless Mustang for quite some time.  I've just never been up to the necessary surgery on the Tamiya kit, eventhough I have the Ultracast resin plug in the stash. 

The first filletless version on my "to do" list is Donald Emerson's machine from the 4thFG/336FS. Emerson was a 7 kill ace and on Christmas of '44, during a bomber escort mission, he took on 6 Bf 109s and downed two of them before running out of ammo.  On his way back to base, he was struck by AA fire and KIA.  These were real men folks.....

 

I love the angry Donald Duck....

I started with the pit.  The Profipack gives you everything you need, a nice mix of PE and detail.  It's definitely a candidate for the best cockpit in 1/48 scale....just outstanding.  It's definitely the best P-51 pit in 1/48 in my opinion.  I gave the pit "the business".  

Port

Starboard

Merlin P-51 floors were plywood with a black rubber coating.  I used the AK worn effects to simulate the wood peeking through.  I like the effect.

Fuselage went together beautifully.  

Also the best P-51 gear bay in this scale. 

Wings together with perfect fit.  Here's a test fit.  Looks like no root issues.  Should be painting it soon. 

 

 

 "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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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, August 14, 2020 6:15 AM
Geez. Hey Joe have you done the new Airfix kit yet? Thoughts? I've got one in the stash and I've seen they also have an early Mustang too.

 

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Posted by Chemteacher on Friday, August 14, 2020 9:40 AM
Super job on the cockpit. Looking forward to the final reveal.

On the bench: Revell-USS Arizona; Tamiya 1/700 HMS Nelson

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, August 14, 2020 8:55 PM

Yes, that worn wood effect does look great.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

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In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by bvallot on Sunday, August 16, 2020 10:11 PM

I mean... what else can I add to this..? I'm so excited about this Eduard kit. The clear windshield piece that fits snug into the fuselage has me pumped too.  And that pesky radiator seam won't be such a hassle anymore. 
=D

 Your not going to be able to put this thing down I bet. Lol. 

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Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

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Posted by bvallot on Sunday, August 16, 2020 10:12 PM

MAKE DONALD PROUD!!

On the bench:  

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, August 17, 2020 7:23 PM

tempestjohnny
Geez. Hey Joe have you done the new Airfix kit yet? Thoughts? I've got one in the stash and I've seen they also have an early Mustang too.
 

I have. I like that one too  Heres my take on that turkey. 

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/177231.aspx

 

 "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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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, August 17, 2020 7:23 PM

Chemteacher
Super job on the cockpit. Looking forward to the final reveal.
 

Thanks!

 "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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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, August 17, 2020 7:23 PM

Mopar Madness

Yes, that worn wood effect does look great.

 

Thanks!

 "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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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, August 17, 2020 7:26 PM

bvallot

I mean... what else can I add to this..? I'm so excited about this Eduard kit. The clear windshield piece that fits snug into the fuselage has me pumped too.  And that pesky radiator seam won't be such a hassle anymore. 
=D

 Your not going to be able to put this thing down I bet. Lol. 

 

 

I have a few little annoyances, but it's been quite good so far and I do like the windscreen design. 

 "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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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, August 17, 2020 7:26 PM

bvallot

MAKE DONALD PROUD!!

 

I'll try

 "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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Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 2:29 PM

Good looking 'Stang you have going there.

But dadnabbit, with 5 already in my display cases and 4 more (1 - 1/72, 1 - 1/48, and 2 - 1/32) in my stash, I really like that angry Donald Duck nose art.  May have to add another 'Stang to the stash.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 3:22 PM

Aggieman

Good looking 'Stang you have going there.

But dadnabbit, with 5 already in my display cases and 4 more (1 - 1/72, 1 - 1/48, and 2 - 1/32) in my stash, I really like that angry Donald Duck nose art.  May have to add another 'Stang to the stash.

 

I've got 13 built 10 more in stash and one almost ready for decals

 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Friday, August 21, 2020 7:12 AM

Looking great so far. Particularly awesome office!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 22, 2020 4:00 AM

Aggieman

Good looking 'Stang you have going there.

But dadnabbit, with 5 already in my display cases and 4 more (1 - 1/72, 1 - 1/48, and 2 - 1/32) in my stash, I really like that angry Donald Duck nose art.  May have to add another 'Stang to the stash.

 

Thanks Aggie, I have at least ten myself, Tamiya, Hasegawa, Airfix......

 "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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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 22, 2020 4:01 AM

tempestjohnny

 

 
Aggieman

Good looking 'Stang you have going there.

But dadnabbit, with 5 already in my display cases and 4 more (1 - 1/72, 1 - 1/48, and 2 - 1/32) in my stash, I really like that angry Donald Duck nose art.  May have to add another 'Stang to the stash.

 

 

 

I've got 13 built 10 more in stash and one almost ready for decals

 

Now I'm curious. I need to go down there and count mine.

 "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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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 22, 2020 4:02 AM

Hoss WA

Looking great so far. Particularly awesome office!

 

Thanks Hoss

 "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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Posted by damouav on Saturday, August 22, 2020 4:47 AM

Dammm Joe, another stella build in progress.

All the best.

 

 

In Progress
1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger (on hold)
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1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, August 23, 2020 11:15 PM

damouav

Dammm Joe, another stella build in progress.

All the best.

 

 

 

Thanks Damian.  Nice to see you back.  It's been awhile.

 "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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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, August 24, 2020 12:13 AM

I'm slowly getting some work in on this turkey.  The airframe went together very nice.  I did have an issue with the fit of the starboard gun insert which didn't fit that great. It needed some putty.   I don't remember fit problems here last time, so it's probably something I did.  It's been a while since I've done a NMF, so I had to reteach myself.  After some Grey Alclad primer (I only primer NMF subjects), I sprayed the whole thing Alclad duraluminum then just the wings straight aluminum to simulate the factory aluminum lacquer color.  I was hoping for more contrast but I can live with it.  (No, I will never putty the wing panel lines of a P-51, accurate or not. It looks stupid to me.  We all have our vices.)  I then added some different shades of aluminum to various panels on the fuselage.  

Next I sprayed some panels with AK Extreme Metal for even more variations of aluminum.  This paint goes down nice and smooth, but personally I don't think it's as durable as Alclad and it dries much slower.  

I always liked the rivet detail on the Tamiya kit's gun access doors.  Eduard's kit does not have this detail.  I replicated it with a rivet tool. The line of rivets were taped off then the doors were sprayed dark aluminum so they are noticeable.  It's the little stuff sometimes.....

After the NMF was fired down, it was time for OD anti glare panel, red 4th FG nose and D-Day stripes.  I paint my NMF subjects in the conventional manner, that being metal application then paint.  If you do this the other way around, such as painting invasion stripes then taping them off, when you add the NMF it will leave a "step" when you remove the tape.  It has something to do with the properties of the lacquer paint I guess.  This is my experience, but your mileage may vary.

At this point, for ease of painting, I added the masked windscreen to await the OD anti-glare panel.  I had a fit issue with gaps where it met the fuse on both sides which required a touch of putty.  Again I don't remember this before, so it might be operator error.  I got busy taping and painting.

Out came the Montex masks and I added the stars and bars.  I had no issues with these. 

While I was at it, I painted in the red no step "L" at the port flap corner.  Much better than a decal. 

Montex mask are way better than decals. 

I look forward to griming this turkey up a bit....but I gotta add decals first.

 "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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Posted by damouav on Monday, August 24, 2020 5:48 AM

Hey Joe,

You've outdone yourself again! Sensational work mate, truly sensational.

I've been around, lurking in the background...

In fact, I have been looking at some of your old posts. Especially your Tamiya P-47 "Jug", which I'm using as a guide for when I start my build. 

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness”

All the best, take care.

In Progress
1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger (on hold)
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1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
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Posted by Greg on Monday, August 24, 2020 9:36 AM

lawdog114
These were real men folks.....

That's a sad truth, especially right now.

He looks so young, it's shocking. RIP, young man.

Looks like you're having fun with those AK paints and they look really good, but the 'less durable than Alclad' doesn't sound so good.

How long have you been using packing foam to mask gear wells? That's a neat idea. The cutting/fitting looks a little intensive, is it?

Seems you've been having more fun with some of your recent kits, Joe. That's really good to see.

-Greg

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 5:38 AM

Greg

 

 
lawdog114
These were real men folks.....

 

That's a sad truth, especially right now.

He looks so young, it's shocking. RIP, young man.

Looks like you're having fun with those AK paints and they look really good, but the 'less durable than Alclad' doesn't sound so good.

How long have you been using packing foam to mask gear wells? That's a neat idea. The cutting/fitting looks a little intensive, is it?

Seems you've been having more fun with some of your recent kits, Joe. That's really good to see.

 

Greg he was only 21 when he was KIA in 44

 

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 7:19 AM

tempestjohnny
Greg he was only 21 when he was KIA in 44

My goodness.

-Greg

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 1:28 AM

damouav

Hey Joe,

You've outdone yourself again! Sensational work mate, truly sensational.

I've been around, lurking in the background...

In fact, I have been looking at some of your old posts. Especially your Tamiya P-47 "Jug", which I'm using as a guide for when I start my build. 

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness”

All the best, take care.

 

Thanks Damian.  I'm glad your doing well.  I look forward to seeing that Jug.   

 "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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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 1:36 AM

Greg

 

 
lawdog114
These were real men folks.....

 

That's a sad truth, especially right now.

He looks so young, it's shocking. RIP, young man.

Looks like you're having fun with those AK paints and they look really good, but the 'less durable than Alclad' doesn't sound so good.

How long have you been using packing foam to mask gear wells? That's a neat idea. The cutting/fitting looks a little intensive, is it?

Seems you've been having more fun with some of your recent kits, Joe. That's really good to see.

 

Indeed Greg, none of these ungrateful kids today could hold a candle to these real men, but I'll leave it there....lol.  

The sponge is the packing material from Eduard Brassin stuff. Just cut it to the relative close size then push it in there with tweezers.  It's pretty painless.  I saw someone on You Tube using it so I gave it try.  It works great.  It's also good for sponging on paint for weathering.  I've done it on bombs.     

 "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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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 1:39 AM

tempestjohnny

 

 
Greg

 

 
lawdog114
These were real men folks.....

 

That's a sad truth, especially right now.

He looks so young, it's shocking. RIP, young man.

Looks like you're having fun with those AK paints and they look really good, but the 'less durable than Alclad' doesn't sound so good.

How long have you been using packing foam to mask gear wells? That's a neat idea. The cutting/fitting looks a little intensive, is it?

Seems you've been having more fun with some of your recent kits, Joe. That's really good to see.

 

 

 

Greg he was only 21 when he was KIA in 44

 

 

Imagine a 21 year old competent enough to fly a P-51 now, much less shoot down 7 aircraft.  Thank god for that generation. 

 "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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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 2:07 AM

It's a wrap on this turkey...er duck.  To recap, it's in the markings of 4th FG Donald Emerson's fighting duck machine.  He was a 7 kill ace who was KIA in this machine on Christmas 1944. I plan to do more 4th FG machines in the near future, paticularly Gentile's Shangra La and Hofer's Salem Reprsentaive.    

What more can I say about this kit.  Eduard hit a home run and having built every kit in this scale, I can confidently say now it's the best in 1/48.  I had a few minor fit issues (as I said earlier) but I'm sure they were mostly my doing. I suppose my biggest grip is Eduards need to overcomplicate things and alot of the parts are "to scale", which translates to "fragile" and or easily lost to the floor monster.  I lost one of the gear scissors and had to raid my other kit for a new one.  The finished product is well worth it.  Additions were Eduard Brassin wheels and main markings were painted.  The Eduard decals were great as well.  It got an AK Interactive oil wash.  I was going for well used.   

I normally use the 75 gallon droppers, but the guy I built it for wanted the 108s, which I don't particularly like.  Eduard dropped the ball here and offer lousy PE braces to attach them to the pylons.  I scratch built new sway braces with rod styrene and then plumbed the tanks.  They turned out ok.  Next time 75 gallons........ 

Maybe we'll get a B model soon?.......

  

 "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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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:58 AM

Wow

 

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:09 AM

That's one commision build I think I'd have a hard time parting with. It looks really good, Joe.

Thanks for getting back with me on the foam from Eduard/Brassin re the wheel well masking/packing.

-Greg

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