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1/48 Tamiya P-51B 4th FG "Don Gentile's Shangra La" (Finished)

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  • Member since
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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
1/48 Tamiya P-51B 4th FG "Don Gentile's Shangra La" (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, September 24, 2020 1:16 AM

I've been away from the bench for a while dealing with the a flooded basement.  A faulty sump pump resulted in 6 inches of water down there after that Labor Day monsoon.  Fortunately my basement is not finished and modeling area was salvaged.  I figured share my latest modeling project since I got back up running.  I decided to drag out an oldie but goodie, the Tamiya P-51B. 

I'm still in 4th FG mode, so I went with the cover art subject, Don Gentile's famous Shangra La.  Gentile was known as the "Ace of Aces" and was the leading ace in the 8th Air Force up until April of 1944 when he "Pranged his kite" and was sent home by Don Blakeslee.  He finished with just over 19 kills in 350 combat missions.

   

I started with the pit.  The Tamiya pit is decent out of the box, and in my opinion, better than their D kit. One issue is the floor is depicted as in a A model, which was metal.  Merlin powered P-51s had wooden floors.  Instead of surgery, I just painted it to look like wood figuring nobody would be able to tell.  I also forewent the black rubber coating to add interest.  I added a color PE instrument panel and seat belts.  I also added a few placard decals here and there.

Fuselage together, no issues.

The kit guns are typical 90's Tamiya, just blobs.  I replaced them with Albion Alloy Brass tubing.

I was here quickly.  Aside from the lower radiator, these fall together. More on that next.

 

 

As with their D model, This is the worst area fit-wise on this kit.  Thisis  how I deal with it.  I sand, rescribe, then replace the missing detail with plasticard.  

After I added the red 4th FG red nose, then the white wing stripes, I taped those areas off.  I used AK Interactive Real Colors and toggled between the Olive Drab 41 and Faded Olive for a worn look.  

The underside got AK Neutral Grey and was faded by adding a bit of white.

I then added the stars and bars with Montex.  I'm finding them easier to apply after the paint job now.  

 

Shangra La specific decals were by Kitsworld and performed flawlessly.  After an X-22/MLT gloss cote, I gave it an AK paneliner wash. That's where I left off.

 

 "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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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, September 24, 2020 5:43 AM
One day I'll be able to build like this. Fabulous work Joe

 

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Posted by bvallot on Thursday, September 24, 2020 6:59 AM

Profilic still doesn't quite cut it. Great build. I've got this one on my list as well. I'm a fan of how they molded the back windows as well. It's always in the little things. You'll have to share you secret to all the bench time you seem to get with me one day. =]

On the bench:  

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:40 AM

Another nice paint job . I bought some tamiya semi gloss clear last week. I'm going to try that in stead of gloss clear ,maybe decals go on easier? Food for thought anyway Toast

 

Nick.

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, September 24, 2020 9:03 PM

tempestjohnny
One day I'll be able to build like this. Fabulous work Joe
 

Thanks Johnny

 "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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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, September 24, 2020 9:04 PM

bvallot

Profilic still doesn't quite cut it. Great build. I've got this one on my list as well. I'm a fan of how they molded the back windows as well. It's always in the little things. You'll have to share you secret to all the bench time you seem to get with me one day. =]

 

Thanks.....no secret, just determination!.....lol.

 "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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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, September 24, 2020 9:06 PM

crown r n7

Another nice paint job . I bought some tamiya semi gloss clear last week. I'm going to try that in stead of gloss clear ,maybe decals go on easier? Food for thought anyway Toast

 

Thanks.  I'm not sure how semi-gloss would work.  It's worth a shot.

 "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 Chemteacher on Thursday, September 24, 2020 9:45 PM
Wow! That is gorgeous! Thanks for the tip on replacing the details after sanding with plastic card. It seems like that area is a problem for all P-51 kits. Beautiful job.

On the bench: Revell-USS Arizona; Airfix 1/72 P-40B

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    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, September 25, 2020 12:15 AM

Chemteacher
Wow! That is gorgeous! Thanks for the tip on replacing the details after sanding with plastic card. It seems like that area is a problem for all P-51 kits. Beautiful job.
 

Thanks..........and your welcome.

 "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 keavdog on Friday, September 25, 2020 1:20 AM

As usual,  fantastic work.  I would pay for a two day hands on seminar.   Consistently brilliant work.  

Thanks,

John

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

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, September 25, 2020 4:16 AM

keavdog

As usual,  fantastic work.  I would pay for a two day hands on seminar.   Consistently brilliant work.  

 

Thanks John.  Your kind words are appreciated. 

 "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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  • From: Great Southern Land
Posted by damouav on Friday, September 25, 2020 6:43 AM

When I get big I wanna be just like Joe!

Go Joe, GO! Exceptional work as always mate.

All the best.

Damian

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Posted by Tosh on Friday, September 25, 2020 9:25 AM

I expect nothing less than perfection from your builds.  It's always a pleasure to see your technique!  Some day I'll be maybe 10% as good as you!

Your friend's, Toshi & Ezra

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:52 AM

damouav

When I get big I wanna be just like Joe!

Go Joe, GO! Exceptional work as always mate.

All the best.

Damian

 

Ha! Thanks Damian. I hope your doing well. 

 "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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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:53 AM

Tosh

I expect nothing less than perfection from your builds.  It's always a pleasure to see your technique!  Some day I'll be maybe 10% as good as you!

Your friend's, Toshi & Ezra

 

Thanks Toshi. Your much better than you give yourself credit for. 

 "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 Hoss WA on Sunday, September 27, 2020 8:12 PM

Looks awesome. I'm always drawn to your excellent panel shading. Great stuff. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, September 28, 2020 10:43 PM

Hoss WA

Looks awesome. I'm always drawn to your excellent panel shading. Great stuff. 

 

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 lawdog114 on Monday, September 28, 2020 11:12 PM

I'm going with done here.  To recap, it's the Tamiya P-51B in Don Gentile's  "Shangra La" makings.  Gentile pranged this machine showing off after returning from a mission in April of '44. That day he downed 3 Fw 190s increasing his score to 19.  He finished the war with just shy of 20 downed and 6 damaged.  I added color PE in the pit and Ultracast wheels.  Decals were Kitsworld and the main markings were painted on with Montex masks.   I plumbed the brake lines and drop tanks with fine wire. I also replaced the guns with brass tubing.  The kit is typical 90's Tamiya and goes together without issue. I personally think it's better than their D kit.  Paints were AK Real Colors as was the weathering with their Paneliners washes 

I have decals for his P-47 Donny Boy too. It will happen eventually as well.

I contempated adding exhaust stains, then I found this pic and I saw that his plane did not seem to have them, at least ot yet.  I decided not to add them (or the shrouded exhausts).  I now see why this subject is modeled so often as it's well documented with a lot of color photos.  

 "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 jeaton01 on Monday, September 28, 2020 11:26 PM

Another outstanding build, Joe.  Get on that '47 now!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by Fly-n-hi on Monday, September 28, 2020 11:36 PM
Fantastic, as always!
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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:10 PM

jeaton01

Another outstanding build, Joe.  Get on that '47 now!

 

Thanks! I can't, gotta do a Ki-61, Bf109 G-4, and a Hell Diver 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 lawdog114 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:10 PM

Fly-n-hi
Fantastic, as always!
 

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 Greg on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:53 AM

Another beauty, Joe. YesYesYes

Count me in on that seminar with John, and it sure looks like you and the AK products are getting along well. Bit of an understatement

Side note, on the basement flood, my stepdaughter was just yesterday again gently prodding me to finish at least a portion of my man cave, and I forgot to include flooding in my barrage of defensive chatter. Been there so many times.

-Greg

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Posted by RadMax8 on Thursday, October 1, 2020 9:12 AM

Sorry to hear about the swimming pool in your basement, Joe. But it seems you've survived and the production facility is back in full swing!

Nicely done in the build. Just a typical, home run Joe build. You really do make it look easy, but we all know it's not. Seems like Don (or more likely his crew chief!) was really proud of this plane! It sure shines in the photos!

A Helldiver in the queue? If you can find it, a member here named Chukw did a massive amount of work to detail a 1/48 Pro-Modeler kit, and documented the whole thing. Might be something to look at to give you some inspiration!

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, October 1, 2020 9:20 AM

My favorite single Mustang of all time, and you did it superbly! Seemingly effortless perfection that sets the bar (way too high) for all of us. BeerBeerBeer

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:54 AM

Another wonderful build. Top shelf all the way. Congrats. 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 9, 2020 4:40 AM

Greg

Another beauty, Joe. YesYesYes

Count me in on that seminar with John, and it sure looks like you and the AK products are getting along well. Bit of an understatement

Side note, on the basement flood, my stepdaughter was just yesterday again gently prodding me to finish at least a portion of my man cave, and I forgot to include flooding in my barrage of defensive chatter. Been there so many times.

 

Thanks Greg. Indeed, I was in panic mode. Almost 6 inches of water. Fortunately I was smart enough to store my stash up on shelves. 

 "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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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 9, 2020 4:41 AM

RadMax8

Sorry to hear about the swimming pool in your basement, Joe. But it seems you've survived and the production facility is back in full swing!

Nicely done in the build. Just a typical, home run Joe build. You really do make it look easy, but we all know it's not. Seems like Don (or more likely his crew chief!) was really proud of this plane! It sure shines in the photos!

A Helldiver in the queue? If you can find it, a member here named Chukw did a massive amount of work to detail a 1/48 Pro-Modeler kit, and documented the whole thing. Might be something to look at to give you some inspiration!

 

Thanks Max. Yep the Accurate miniatures helldiver. It will be a first for me. I hope your doing well. 

 "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
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 9, 2020 4:43 AM

gregbale

My favorite single Mustang of all time, and you did it superbly! Seemingly effortless perfection that sets the bar (way too high) for all of us. BeerBeerBeer

 

Thanks Greg. Lil' Margaret is no slouch either. 

 "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
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 9, 2020 4:43 AM

Hoss WA

Another wonderful build. Top shelf all the way. Congrats. 

 

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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