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Mighty 8th GB 1-Nov-2010 - 31-Oct-2011

  • Bish

    Looking very good there Doogs. That stuff you used to mask looks similar to the white tac that i use.

    Looking forward to seeing the decals on.

    Thanks!

    I futured the whole thing this morning...think I may add a second coat before I head out for lunch, then hit the decals tonight or tomorrow morning. My only worry is the fuselage invasion stripes - the Tamiya decals have been mixed so far. The instrument panel was amazing, but the decals for the bombs were so terrible that I've opted to finish this one out with the wing pylons dry.

    I'd have masked and painted the stripes, but that underbelly section of the P-47 is a bear to mask.

    On the Bench: 1/32 Trumpeter P-47 | 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G | 1/144 Eduard MiG-21MF x2

    On Deck:  1/350 HMS Dreadnought

    Blog/Completed Builds: doogsmodels.com

     

  • Are theinvasion stripes individual decals or one big decal. Is it possable to mask and then paint the white and then just use the black decals. I sometimes find white decals often show the colour underneath through them.

     

  • Ok, well i finished one of them. The colours are a little off. And the yellow isnt as good as id like it. (i hate yellow and white lol) A little bit of background information.

    Pilot: Ed Heller.

    Last Wartime rank:   Lt. Col

    Aircraft: P-51D Hell-Er-Bust

    486th FS, 352nd FG. Based and Bodney. "The Blue Nosed B@st@rds Of Bodney"

    He finished the war with 5.5 aerial kills and was the top strafer of the 352nd FG with 16.5 ground victories.

    *warning, following content may be completely fictional.*

    After the war he was contracted by Japan to test fly their new prototype "Eggplanes" Modified versions of successful fighters. These aircraft proved to be a crowd bringer at air shows around the world. The following photos are of Ed Hellers personal "Eggplane". Painted to depict his WWII mount.

    Hope you guys enjoy. Sorry there were no WIP pics. it just kinda fell together a bit quick. Basic construction is typical of hasegawa. Good fit. These ones are snap together kits. Painting instructions are fairly comprehensive. Instructions are precise and clear. Id recommend this kit to anyone wanted a bit of fun. Only problem i had with it was the NMF , like always lol.

    As always C&C welcome.

    Cheers.

    Mike

    "I am a leaf on the wind, watch how i soar"

    Recite the litanies, fire up the Gellar field, a poo storm is coming Hmm 

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  • Nice little build you got there Mike. Looks like a fun little build.

    Front page has been updated with this and clebode's B-24

     

  • Im looking at doing one like this with a few differences.







    The only differences are that the tail number is 413926 and instead of a B its an S. and no nose art name. Instructions says its 361st FG 375th FS Urban L. Drew.

  • Heres the pics I have of LOU IV.








  • Thet are some very nice looking Mustangs. Looking forward to seeing your build.

     

  • Im trying to figure out how to paint it. Apply the aluminum then decal then mask and paint the OD? or apply the OD before decaling? It seems that it might be hard to mask the green before decaling becuase of how it goes around the star, so Im thinking after the decal is applied it will be easier to mask over the decal.

  • is it alright if I drop in? I have a P-51b I will be building up into a Blue Nose...probably Lambie II. I will also be foiling this plane. I haven't foiled anything more complicated than a MiG-21, so I thought I would give it a shot with Revell's P-51b kit. Are crossovers alright? This fits with the NMF group build as well.

     

    OWL

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  • ww2psycho

    Im trying to figure out how to paint it. Apply the aluminum then decal then mask and paint the OD? or apply the OD before decaling? It seems that it might be hard to mask the green before decaling becuase of how it goes around the star, so Im thinking after the decal is applied it will be easier to mask over the decal.

    I've got a similar-ish build planned with Hank Brown's Hun Hunter ~ Texas P-51D:

    I'm planning on doing the green (his was RAF Dark Green, not OD, but same idea) on the fuselage after I do the NMF and decals. I think. I've also considered scanning the decals and a 1/48 profile view and creating a masking template...

    On the Bench: 1/32 Trumpeter P-47 | 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G | 1/144 Eduard MiG-21MF x2

    On Deck:  1/350 HMS Dreadnought

    Blog/Completed Builds: doogsmodels.com

     

  • DoogsATX

    ww2psycho:

    Im trying to figure out how to paint it. Apply the aluminum then decal then mask and paint the OD? or apply the OD before decaling? It seems that it might be hard to mask the green before decaling becuase of how it goes around the star, so Im thinking after the decal is applied it will be easier to mask over the decal.

     

    I've got a similar-ish build planned with Hank Brown's Hun Hunter ~ Texas P-51D:

    I'm planning on doing the green (his was RAF Dark Green, not OD, but same idea) on the fuselage after I do the NMF and decals. I think. I've also considered scanning the decals and a 1/48 profile view and creating a masking template...

    Id check the NMF of that plane. I heard or read somewhere that the bottom might have been a light green instead of natural metal. I got my nephew a diecast model of it and its light green and dark green.

  • ww2psycho

    I'm planning on doing the green (his was RAF Dark Green, not OD, but same idea) on the fuselage after I do the NMF and decals. I think. I've also considered scanning the decals and a 1/48 profile view and creating a masking template...

     

     

    Id check the NMF of that plane. I heard or read somewhere that the bottom might have been a light green instead of natural metal. I got my nephew a diecast model of it and its light green and dark green.

    Interesting...though I guess with the blue/green debate over LOU IV and NMF/medium sea gray underside debate with Hairless Joe, anything's possible.

    I have two wartime photos I'm using as reference, one of WR-Z and one of squadron mate WR-A. Both appear to be Dark Green over metal, with the characteristic darker metal band aft of the exhaust manifolds. Of course, with black and white it's impossible to be 100% sure...

    On the Bench: 1/32 Trumpeter P-47 | 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G | 1/144 Eduard MiG-21MF x2

    On Deck:  1/350 HMS Dreadnought

    Blog/Completed Builds: doogsmodels.com

     

  • Bish

    Are theinvasion stripes individual decals or one big decal. Is it possable to mask and then paint the white and then just use the black decals. I sometimes find white decals often show the colour underneath through them.

    They're neither and both! All are black/white stripes, but cut up in various ways...

    On the Bench: 1/32 Trumpeter P-47 | 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G | 1/144 Eduard MiG-21MF x2

    On Deck:  1/350 HMS Dreadnought

    Blog/Completed Builds: doogsmodels.com

     

  • Random question- I was just thinking ahead and was wondering what's the decalling process for NMF?  I'm guessing the decals just go right on the finish?  And if so how do you flat coat the decals?

    -Matt


     

  • Hey guys, I was looking through one of my old P-51 books that is fortunate to have a color  photo of a P 51B from the 354th FS (call letters WR) .  The top side color is a dark green with a hint of olive drab to it and it looks like the bottom was painted sea grey. On the tail the trim tab is a yellowish orange. I do not know if this is a unit marking or just a personal touch.  There is a color photo of  "LOU IV" fling lead and the camouflage pattern and color seem to be correct in your photos, but it was a early D model that did not have a fin fillet.  The book is called P-51 Mustang by William Newby Grant  from Gallery Books.  I hope this helps.