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Revell 1/32 P-51D-5NA Mustang - Work in progress

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  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 2:43 AM

Hi gents,

 

Very slow progress on this one (as I promised). :)

 

Nothing special done but I just wanted to share a small tip about tackling a slight canopy misalignment with those who are yet to build this one. I am generally not happy with the quality of the clear parts. Among some other issues, the windshield is slightly deformed meaning that it is slightly narrower that the fuselage and shorter by a millimetre. The bubble canopy has deformations within the ''plexiglass'' part (I will post some pics later).

 

I couldn't avoid the gap between the windshield and the cowling but regarding the joint with the fuselage luckily there is a way to keep filling and sanding to a minimum as there is space to insert a piece of toothpick fixed with CA which will not be seen later and keep the windshield at the proper width until glued to the canopy:

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 9:27 AM

Cool tip, that looks perfect.

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! AND the local club build theme for November is Nose Art, I've gotta build something for that, let's add my Tamiya 1/48 P-38 Lightning

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Posted by Modell Aircraft Photography on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 11:12 AM

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Posted by Modell Aircraft Photography on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 11:15 AM

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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Friday, October 1, 2021 9:10 AM

She is finally ready for priming! :)

I had to do some windshield-cowling gap filling, and panel line and tire threads re-scribing, added some rivets where I thought appropriate...

I will go with white Tamiya Liquid Primer or white Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500, followed by desert yellow shades, my complementary pre-shading using various reds and aluminium where appropriate for future chipping. Then goes the OD base coat. I chose to go with white primer since it will require less coats to achieve good OD coverage without it looking too dark.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, October 1, 2021 12:23 PM

Looks like you blended that canopy in really nice! Definitely on the way to being a beautiful Mustang 

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! AND the local club build theme for November is Nose Art, I've gotta build something for that, let's add my Tamiya 1/48 P-38 Lightning

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    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:24 PM

Hi gents,

 

White primer and complementary pre-shading done :)

 

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Saturday, October 9, 2021 4:29 AM

Well, here is some contradictory information for you:

 

The painting instructions say that the checkered pattern only goes to the front end of the exhaust stack:

 

The decal disagrees since it has a cutout to go around the stack past the front end of it:

 

And if I see it correctly the truth is somewhere in the middle as the pattern only slightly goes past the stack front end:

 

So, I painted the nose yellow and will either bite the bullet and paint the damn thing or cut out only the red squares of the decal and apply them to the painted yellow (this should make the decal easier to conform to the shape as well. I'll see.

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Monday, October 11, 2021 9:24 AM

Neutral Grey base over blue pre-shading on the belly finished. I try to keep the pre-shading effect very subtle initially and then modify where required with post-shading afterwards.

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:32 AM

OD finished.

My phone camera and the dining room light bulb just can't capture the subtle differences and tonal variations that well, but they are there, trust me. Big Smile

Oh well, pics below. :)

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    July 2021
Posted by Flight Line Media on Thursday, October 14, 2021 7:16 AM

Wow! That looks great!. Awesome work, Nicola!

Andrew

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Posted by rooster513 on Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:05 AM

I can see some of the variation in paint you've built in, looks great!

-Andy

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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Saturday, October 16, 2021 4:04 PM

And a few more where the effect of complementary pre-shading can be seen slightly better:

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, October 16, 2021 5:34 PM

Now I can see it better. I sure do like an olive drab Mustang.

Chad

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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, October 17, 2021 2:41 AM

Mopar Madness

Now I can see it better. I sure do like an olive drab Mustang.

 

The hardest part for me now is judging how much to cover initially knowing that weathering and subsequent coats will affect it. It's just like regular pre-shading only more difficult because if it is with black, no risk of too much of it showing through since it only gives a darker tone of the base color with no hue modulation. Still long way to go until I master this one.

 

In reality, the red is more subtle but it's very hard to get it right with phone camera and regular room lighting conditions so you guys can see it properly. I'll keep trying to take better shots without all the fancy setup. :)

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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