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  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Rescued Mustang...
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:57 AM

This airplane almost went to the recycle bin! A friend convinced me not to trash it though. This is my third Mustang this summer and the second Tamiya Mustang kit build. But it almost didn't happen. The original plan was to build a nice shiny polished Mustang but a bad primer coat killed that idea. At that point I was ready to move on to something else. Fortunately my friend prevailed. Here are some pictures:

 . The Mustang as I tried to remove the Gloss Black Alclad Primer

 . The fresh MM enamel gray primer with two colors of pre-shading.

 . NATO Black pre-shading on top of the two colors.

Below, the finished Rescue Mustang of the 357th Fighter Group. Topside camo is MM Dark Green enamel. Underside is MM Neutral Gray enamel. The decals are a mix of kit decals and SuperScale. I used a Q-Tip to rub some artist oils black into the white of the decals so the color wouldn't be so stark against the dark green color. In the center of some panels I used white oil paint to lighten the panels for some color variation.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:01 AM

You owe your friend a couple of cold ones.

Beautiful save.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:00 PM

Nice rescue!  Good job, looks great.  Interesting preshading



  • Member since
    May 2020
  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 2:06 PM

That's a brilliant rescue job - nice one!

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?


  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 2:26 PM

Very nice work! Toast

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

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

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

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 2:41 PM

Beautiful compromise Frank!


God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:10 AM
Nice save Frank.


  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:54 AM

Thanks, y'all. Twenty hours of work saved me about $30.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    June 2008
Posted by lewbud on Thursday, October 8, 2020 9:13 AM

Nice save Frank!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, October 8, 2020 9:55 AM

Very nice. Excellent save and worth the effort. I had to do that to one of my 51's. I'm glad I did, it's easily my favorite mustang.


On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !


  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Thursday, October 8, 2020 2:40 PM

That's a great P-51!  You would never know you had problems.  Glad you decided to save her!  I had a similar problem with a Japanese Zero not long ago, but I also went ahead and adapted and overcame.  These things are too expensive nowadays to toss!  Smile



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