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317 FS, 325FG P-51D . . .

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  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
317 FS, 325FG P-51D . . .
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, February 3, 2022 1:56 PM

This has been on my to-do list for a couple of years now. I think my skills have progressed enough so I accomplish a paint scheme like this. So far I've painted the top of the tail wings and almost half of the vertical tail and rear fuselage. This is being painted with Tamiya paints. Ten parts Tamiya Flat Yellow and two parts Tamiya Orange for the yellow and NATO Black. Just about a perfect match. I'll finish up the tail of the Mustang in the next few days. Masking does take a long time for this build.

This will be the airplane:

 .

Here are the tail wings:

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, February 3, 2022 7:00 PM

Nice paintwork, Frank! (on the horizontal stabilizers and elevators).  SorryBig Smile

John

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fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, February 3, 2022 8:11 PM

Wow! Now that is great masking and painting. 

Jim Captain

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, February 3, 2022 9:31 PM

Thanks, Jeaton and Fox. I'm really pushing myself on this build. I'll try to finish the rear fuselage over the weekend, then I'll start the NMF.

I have one of these cutting boards to help me cut the Tamiya Tape to the exact width I need to make the mask for the checkerboard. A handy little thing.

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  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Friday, February 4, 2022 6:04 AM

Those Infiniti boards are great.  I would say you nailed it.  Nice going.

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, February 5, 2022 12:24 PM

Wow - nice work on the tail so far...

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, February 5, 2022 12:55 PM

That's a paint job to be proud of Frank!

Chad

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At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, February 20, 2022 11:23 AM

Sprayed the airplane and various bits with Mr Color Gloss Black as a primer for the NMF. I'll let the stuff sit for a day or two for the paint to fully cure then shoot the NMF. I'll buff the black primer with a 6000 or 8000 Micro Fiber pad so the primer is really glossy. Trying to decide if I should use AK Xtreme Metal or Alclad for the NMF.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, February 20, 2022 11:56 AM

Great work Frank.  Looking forward to the next update pics.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, March 3, 2022 8:18 PM

Sorry, keavdog, but no updates for a while on this build. I was out on the paint bench this afternoon preparing to seal the paint and decals with Alclad Semi-mat Clear and when I was shaking the bottle some liquid splashed from the bottle onto the nose of the Mustang. The effect was immediate. The lacquer ate through two layers of paint right down to the primer. I'm going to set this build aside for a while and move on to something else. Something quick and easy. Thanks for looking in.

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  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Thursday, March 3, 2022 8:35 PM

Bummer.  It happens.  Wishing you luck when you get back to it.  

  • Member since
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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, March 13, 2022 3:34 PM

OK, I'm calling this one done. After splashing Alclad Semi-Matt Clear Coat over the nose, I just focued on just finishing the airplane. So, here it is, a Checkertail Mustang. The NMF is AK Aluminum. The yellow is Tamiya Flat Yellow combined with 20% Tamiya Orange to get the proper shade of yellow. The nose of the Mustang is Tamiya Flat Red. The national insignia are from the kit decal sheet, they snuggle down really nicely with Micro Sol. Te rest of the decal are from Eagle Strike Checkertail Clan Pt. 3. I hung everything that came with the kit under the wings, the bazooka rocket tubes and a couple of bombs. All of the Mustangs I have built have had long range tanks under the wings, so this a little different.

This is the Airfix new tool P-51D kit and it's really nice. I like it better that the Tamiya P-51D.

I have another Checkertail on the bench, this time a Merlin P-40F.

As always, comments and constructive criticism are welcome.

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, March 13, 2022 3:40 PM

That's a nice looking mustang!  Sorry about the splash but I'd say that's a nice recovery. Congrats. 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, March 13, 2022 3:52 PM

Turned out nice Frank - that tail is quite the eye catcher.  And yes, looks great loaded for bear instead of paper tanks.

Thanks,

John

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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, March 13, 2022 5:33 PM

Thanks, John. Thanks, Hoss.

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GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Sunday, March 13, 2022 8:27 PM

Very nice, Frank, especially on the checkerboard.  Very similar to one I'm working on now from the 52nd Fighter Group.

Gary

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 12:32 AM

Nice work, Frank. 

John

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