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Accurate Miniatures P-51A Mustang Operation Torch...

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  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Accurate Miniatures P-51A Mustang Operation Torch...
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, November 19, 2020 9:12 AM

This is the fourth Mustang I've completed this year and the second Allison Mustang. I have a Tamiya P-51D on the bench and another AM P-51A still in the stash. This kit is built straight out of the box, I even used the kit decals. The paint is MM O.D. and Light Ghost Gray enamel. The yellow theater markings on the wings are Tamiya Flat Yellow and the spinner is Tamiya Flat Red. To give the airplane a real dusty desert look, the airframe is dusted with Tamiya Buff thinned 10 to 1, thinner to paint and built up slowly. The exhaust and gun streaks are black powder and I used some white powder to give the paint a little more fading. It is finished off with Testors Dullcote to seal the paint and decals.

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

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, November 19, 2020 9:33 AM

Well done !! real nice OD/Gray .

 .Nick

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:06 PM

Can never have too many Mustangs, and this one's a beaut!

Great job, Frank. YesBeerYesBeer

Greg

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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:31 PM

That's a beautiful finish, Frank!  I love your weathering!

fotofrank

...To give the airplane a real dusty desert look, the airframe is dusted with Tamiya Buff thinned 10 to 1, thinner to paint and built up slowly...

Thank you for describing how you did that! The next thing I want to learn is how to tie the decals in with the weathered finish.  I've suspected if could be done with thinned color.  I can try this and experiment now.

Best regards,

Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:43 PM

Well done, Frank.  Is it just the photos or is the canopy a little frosted?

John

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    June 2017
Posted by Chemteacher on Thursday, November 19, 2020 9:46 PM
Beautiful job. Your weathering/chipping are nicely done. I’ve looked at that kit many times but could never pull the trigger and purchase. Any issues with fit?

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

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    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:29 PM

Nice job! Congrats. 

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    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, November 20, 2020 3:14 AM
Great work Frank. Chipping looks just right

 

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, November 20, 2020 8:08 AM

Chemteacher
Beautiful job. Your weathering/chipping are nicely done. I’ve looked at that kit many times but could never pull the trigger and purchase. Any issues with fit?
 

Chemteacher, this is a great kit. If you can find the kit at a hobby show or swap meet, grab it. You won't be disappointed. AM has an entire series of P-51A kits, including the A-36 Apache and the F6B recon Mustang. Go for it.

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

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, November 20, 2020 8:10 AM

jeaton01

Well done, Frank.  Is it just the photos or is the canopy a little frosted?

 

Yeah, Jeaton, I don't know how it happened. Apparently the masking leaked. It might be dust or over spray on the inside of the canopy. Of course, I didn't discover that until I took the canopy paint mask off.

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

  • Member since
    May 2006
  • From: Chapin, South Carolina
Posted by Shipwreck on Friday, November 20, 2020 8:34 AM
Great job PHOTOFRANK. I just love those old ponies; I've four AM Allisons in my stash!

On the Bench:

Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

Trumpeter 1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

Monogram M48A2 Patton Tank

Revell 1/48 B-1B Lancer Prep & Reasearch

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 20, 2020 10:48 AM

Nice! I built the Apache kit some time ago and man I miss AM kits.  Got an avenger in the stash.  I like the buff filter.  I've been experimenting a bit with mig filters. I put a desert tan filter (airbrushed) over a spitfire and an SEA camo and it has a nice effect. btw, I was looking at a P-40 operation torch bird and it had the flag on it as well.  Was that a theater/operation thing or just the era?  Haven't seen that elsewhere. 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, November 20, 2020 12:50 PM

I've only seen the flag on MTO aircraft, Keavdog. And on the Boeing Clippers, but that's it.

Whenever I see one of those AM Mustang kits at a show or swap meet, I grab it. Kinda the same thing with the AMT P-40s, gotta have 'em. I like the sleek look with the Allison nose as opposed to the bulky Merlin nose. Still, a Mustang is a Mustang.

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

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    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, November 20, 2020 1:45 PM

She's a real beauty Frank!

Chad

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

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Posted by knox on Friday, November 20, 2020 4:47 PM

I love the look of this plane, and yours is gorgeous.  Really great work.  

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, November 21, 2020 4:41 AM

Shipwreck
Great job PHOTOFRANK. I just love those old ponies; I've four AM Allisons in my stash!
 

I've got 6 plus 2 built

 

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