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1/48 Tamiya P-51D Mustang, Big Beautiful Doll, Col. John Landers, May 1945

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1/48 Tamiya P-51D Mustang, Big Beautiful Doll, Col. John Landers, May 1945
Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, July 4, 2022 11:16 AM

I picked up Tamiya's venerable 1/48 P-51D Mustang "8th Air Force Aces" at a recent show and decided to take a crack at Col. John Landers' Big Beautiful Doll. I know this has been done a zillion times, but it's a great marking scheme and it came with the kit. 

 

In February 1945, After multiple assignments in the Pacific and Europe, Colonel Landers took command of the 78th Fighter Group at RAF Duxford, England, where he remained until June of 1945. 

 

On the left hand side of the fuselage is the kill tally for Colonel Landers. In total  there are 36.5, of which 6 are Japanese aircraft, 14.5 are aerial and the remainder are ground victories. The half kill is for a shared downing of a Messerschmitt Me 262 on 30 March 1945.

 

I built it strictly OOB, conforming to the new IPMS "Basic Kit Build" rules -- no PE, resin, major surgery, etc.

 

I made a few tweaks such as hollowing out the exhaust and machine gun barrel tips. I also reshaped the prop blades to remove the excessive cuff angle. 

 

There were quite a few seams to fill and cleanup actions required. Lots of panel line scribing and fastener additions. I used CA glue mixed with dental acrylic to deal with most of the seams and the results were good. 

 

Since this is was NMF subject, the surface was prepped with a good dose of micromesh elbow grease, from 1500 to 12000. A couple of coats of black Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 followed, which were then micromeshed 1500 to 12000. Next was a coat of Mr. Color GX2 gloss black for the subsequent metallic paints. 

 

All paints were Mr. Color lacquers with Super metallics for the NMF areas. The main metal color is SM01 Super Fine Silver. Several panels were also selectively painted SM03 stainless and SM03 iron, along with some that had some metallic black added in. The wings are painted 1:1 silver and light gray. The antiglare panel is OD. 

 

The decals were by Cartograph and were flawless. The red, white and black trim is all part of the decal marking scheme. 

 

A gloss coat was followed by a series of oil washes for panel lines and fading and shading. I added some light weathering to capture ~ 6 months of wear that the plane would have seen from its delivery in Dec 44 until its depiction in May 45. 

 

I added some wear around the wing walks and ammo covers using sponge chipping, colored pencils, oil washes, spatter templates, and a thin black/brown mix to represent wear and grime. 

 

I used Mr. Surfacer to fill in the wing panel lines that were puttied on the actual Mustangs to improve aerodynamic performance. 

 

For the seatbelt, I cut out the decal from the decal sheet and glued it to the seat. It's not perfectly realistic, but it's better than nothing or simply applying the decal. After a gloss coat, wash and flat coat, the seatbelts look OK for strictly OOB. The IP using the kit decal is serviceable. I handpainted a bunch of placards and labels throughout the cockpit for some added interest. 




Thanks for looking. Comments and critiques always welcome.  
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  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, July 4, 2022 1:49 PM

That's beautiful work Hoss.  Real jaw dropper!

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  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, July 4, 2022 6:25 PM

I have to agree, your Big, Beautiful Doll is a jaw dropper. Gorgeous build all the way around.

GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, July 4, 2022 9:55 PM

Beautiful build.  Nice P-51!

Gary

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  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 8:16 AM

Very nice!

 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, July 10, 2022 8:02 PM

Thanks everyone for the warm comments. Much appreciated. 

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, July 10, 2022 8:52 PM

Lovely!

John

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

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, July 11, 2022 5:18 AM

It really is beautiful! I like how you made the wings smooth. Thanks for sharing!

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: El Dorado Hills, CA
Posted by IBuild148 on Friday, July 15, 2022 8:34 PM

Very well done. Especially like the interior of the cockpit. 

IBuildOne48

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Posted by CFI_Guy on Thursday, July 28, 2022 12:40 AM

Not only is your modeling fantastic but your photo skills are also to be commended.  Wonderful all around.

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  • From: Knoxville Iowa
Posted by Piper on Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:32 PM

Wow ! That is just amazing !

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Posted by Hoss WA on Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:14 PM

Thanks all for the nice comments. Much appreciated. This one earned 2nd place in the Basic Kit Build category at IPMS Nationals in Omaha last week. 

GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:31 PM

Its a "Basic Kit Build".  That explains the lack of aerial wire.  Big Smile

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Thursday, July 28, 2022 9:11 PM

Great work! Should be the kit box's photo examples! 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, July 29, 2022 6:39 AM

Hoss WA

Thanks all for the nice comments. Much appreciated. This one earned 2nd place in the Basic Kit Build category at IPMS Nationals in Omaha last week. 

 

Absolute beauty! Congrats! Can't believe there was anything better on the table. The extras you did really set it apart.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Friday, July 29, 2022 8:31 AM

Just stunning!  I love these markings and you did an excellent job with this build.  Is the "Just Basic Build" the category that replaced the "Out of the Box Build"?  Congrats on your award at the Nationals.

tjs

TJS

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, July 29, 2022 8:41 AM

MR TOM SCHRY

Just stunning!  I love these markings and you did an excellent job with this build.  Is the "Just Basic Build" the category that replaced the "Out of the Box Build"?  Congrats on your award at the Nationals.

tjs

 

yep, they were pushing it pretty hard at the show. They kept BKB models pretty much in each category as opposed to having them all in one area. You had to search for them but it was worthwhile. Still a little confusion on the category rules as a few people had kits that included PE and the multimedia kits aren't allowed in the category now.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, July 29, 2022 11:55 AM

That's one great looking model. The NMF is outstanding.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Friday, July 29, 2022 11:56 PM

That is a beautiful build. I really admire the metal you pulled off. How do you pull off the masking without removing paint or leaving residue?

That's a P-51 to be proud of for sure and congrats on placing in the contest.

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