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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 Sunday, July 17, 2022 10:51 AM

She's got wheels. :)

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 4:56 PM

Wait a Minute!

 How is it that you got those leaks so good? The plane is upside down! LOL.LOL. Very nice job, and I like the fact you specifically located each leak start point that would be seen as such. Darned good Job!! Now, please be careful when spinning that prop. Spinning props do cut fingers, Everything looks great to me!

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 3:55 AM

Fixed Big Smile

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, June 26, 2022 3:46 PM

I just realized that I made a mistake on the prop - the cuffs were apparently made from rubber so there wouldn't be any bare metal visible due to scratches in that area. 

 

Will have to fix that.

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, June 26, 2022 11:13 AM

Prop ready...

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:53 AM

Oil leaks done...

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, June 26, 2022 2:42 AM

BrandonK

I can't believe I've been missing out on this one for this long. Your work is always super nice and this is no exception. Well done. I stand in amazement.

BK

 

 

Thank you very much Brandon! Very glad that you like it so far. 

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, June 26, 2022 2:41 AM

lurch

Thats looking great Nikola.

 

 

Thanks Lurch! Appreciated.

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, June 23, 2022 9:29 AM

I can't believe I've been missing out on this one for this long. Your work is always super nice and this is no exception. Well done. I stand in amazement.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 8:34 AM

Thats looking great Nikola.

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 2:56 AM

Hi gents,

 

Panel lines finished.

Started some streaking, stains, leaks,...

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Thursday, June 2, 2022 4:12 AM

Hi gents,

 

Weathering has begun! :)

 

First was the colour modulation (which I should have done before decals but life ain't complicated enough so I like to spice it up a bit :) ) 

Lesson learned. 

 

Next are washes, post-shading, oils, pencils...

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 4:32 AM

Decals - check!

Not super easy to soften. Great print and in register but kind of on a thicker side.

I used both Vallejo decal softener and Humbrol Decalfix to do the persuasion.

 

There is some minor silvering to fix.

 

We will see how it all looks after a clear coat.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 4:31 AM

JoeSMG

It was bad enough that your amazing cockpit detail totally schooled me but now it turns out I've been doing wheels all wrong for 40yrs too! Smile

Beautiful work.

 

 

Thank you Joe, appreciated.

There is no right or wrong way, just different. Smile

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by JoeSMG on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 9:05 PM

It was bad enough that your amazing cockpit detail totally schooled me but now it turns out I've been doing wheels all wrong for 40yrs too! Smile

Beautiful work.

- Joe the SMG

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 3:03 PM

Some tyre works (aluminium not treated and weathered yet):

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, May 15, 2022 3:09 AM

Nikola

Hi gents,

 

Gloss coat on.

Exhausts painted with the first and main weathering pass complete.

Apologies for s%#ty photos.

 

Finally on to the decals 

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

 

 

Close enough for now:

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, May 15, 2022 3:07 AM

Model Monkey

Одлично! Заиста уживам у вашим објавама и фотографијама.

 

 

Хвала Стиве! Драго ми је да вам се допада до сада. :)

Thank you Steve! Glad you like it so far. :)

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, May 15, 2022 2:05 AM

Tal Afar Dave

Just found your thread and will be following closely.  Got this same kit last year, but couldn't start due to surgery.  Next week, school let's out and I hope to get back to the bench.  Thanks for the great tips so far in your build!!

Dave

 

 

You're welcome Dave. I learned a great deal from the gents on forums and I am very happy to contribute back. :)

Best,

Nikola

 
 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, May 15, 2022 2:04 AM

Hoss WA

Beautiful paintwork Nikola. Looks fantastic. 

 

 

Thanks Hoss. Glad you like it. :)

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Sunday, May 15, 2022 2:02 AM

You're welcome Dave. I learned a great deal from the gents on forums and I am very happy to contribute back. :)

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, May 14, 2022 5:15 AM

Beautiful paintwork Nikola. Looks fantastic. 

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Friday, May 13, 2022 8:19 PM

Just found your thread and will be following closely.  Got this same kit last year, but couldn't start due to surgery.  Next week, school let's out and I hope to get back to the bench.  Thanks for the great tips so far in your build!!

Dave

2022 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!  Why Photobucket did you rob me of my one Group Build Badge???  Must be part of the strong anti-Monogram cartel!!!

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  • Member since
    February 2018
  • From: North Carolina, USA
Posted by Model Monkey on Friday, May 13, 2022 7:44 PM

Одлично! Заиста уживам у вашим објавама и фотографијама.

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Friday, May 13, 2022 4:13 AM

TheMongoose

THAT is an awesome looking checkerboard. Sooo awesome it deserved to be quoted and shown again! 

 
Thank you Mongoose. Appreciated. Glad you like it. :)
 
Best,
Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Friday, May 13, 2022 3:56 AM

Hi gents,

 

Gloss coat on.

Exhausts painted with the first and main weathering pass complete.

Apologies for s%#ty photos.

 

Finally on to the decals 

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 6:09 AM

Nikola

Hi gents,

 

Finally got some free time (when I am not too tired) to continue working on the pony.

My first checkerboard pattern masking and painting done. I screwed up in one place but it's an easy fix.

 

Next is painting the exhausts, then a gloss coat and then decals. 

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

 

THAT is an awesome looking checkerboard. Sooo awesome it deserved to be quoted and shown again! 

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!

  • Member since
    September 2019
  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 2:15 AM

Hi gents,

 

Finally got some free time (when I am not too tired) to continue working on the pony.

My first checkerboard pattern masking and painting done. I screwed up in one place but it's an easy fix.

 

Next is painting the exhausts, then a gloss coat and then decals. 

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Nikola Topalov,

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, November 8, 2021 11:43 AM

"I know that I might be boring you but as this is a very slow progress I am posting every little step.  :)"

 

I follow a similar approach. Gives me a chance to stopand look at what ive done, slow down a little and see what the critical eye of the camera shows. Have found a number of goofs that i could fix easier during the build rather than after. The other thing I like is thinking about where to go next when i post a wip. Post away Nikola we all enjoy it I bet!

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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