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Modelsvit F-82G Twin Mustang 1-48

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  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Modelsvit F-82G Twin Mustang 1-48
Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, May 4, 2024 2:31 PM

My latest build was one that I'd long wanted to build.

I say "long" because for much of my life, the only Twin Mustang generally available was Monogram's 1/72 kit, which I built several times.  There was another kit out there that was well known to be a problematic kit from ModelCraft that was 1/48.  I shied away from that one due to its reputation.  Then Modelsvit, a company that I had never heard of, put out this kit in the 2020-2021 timeframe.  I snapped it up.

This is actually a short-run type of kit, but unlike others that I have done, this one does not have all the warts that you typically find in such releases.  Well, for the most part. I did find a few troublesome issues in this build, mostly with the alignment pins that were so tiny as to not even really be there.  Fit of the wings to the fuselages is not bad but was finicky.  And the landing gear fit trended toward difficult to decipher how to actually attach them based on a reading of the kit instructions.  But all in all, this is a good kit that I would recommend to anyone interested in building a larger scale Twin Mustang.

And it is a pretty big model.  While researching the F-82, I learned that this was not simply North American taking the fuselage of a P-51 and attaching two of them to a set of wings.  It was a new aircraft altogether that just happened to look like a 'Stang.  I found a review that showed a photo of the Modelsvit fuselage half next to a Hasegawa P-51D fuselage half; the F-82 is quite a larger airplane than was the P-51.  I probably should have taken a photo of one of my 48th scale P-51s alongside this build to showcase the size differential.

The last Monogram 72nd scale F-82 I built I did in a natural metal with red wingtips scheme, and without the big RADAR bulb.  I opted not to repeat myself with this build by taking on the challenge of making a black aircraft look presentable.  Black is a difficult color to deal with, especially in cases where the entire airframe is that color.  I had read that these aircraft didn't see a lot of serious weathering (not sure if that's true or not), but I opted to use Black Stynylrez primer as my paint of choice rather than Tamiya Flat Black.  I didn't want it to be terribly dirty based on my earlier finding, but I also did not want it to be shiny black either.  Interior colors are Mission Models US Interior Green, Model Master Yellow Zinc Chromate, AK Interactive XTreme Metals Steel and Aluminum, and other random colors where called for.

The weathering is sparse - ground up gray pastels to effect both the engine exhaust and gun residue.  I used Tamiya weathering pastels to get the wear along the wing roots (although the one photo I took of that area directly was not in focus, so not sure if this weathering will be visible in any of the other pics).

 

Next up for me is a huge kit that I have had in the stash for a decade - Airfix's 1/24 Hawker Typhone Mk. II.  My only previous experience with the scale was Airfix's Mosquito - an experience that soured me on modeling and took me a few months to reacquire an interest in model building.  But the Typhoon only has 1 engine and is a smaller airframe.  Although the parts count is still very high.  I fully expect that build to take most of the next 2-3 months.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Saturday, May 4, 2024 4:05 PM

Very nice work. I was just talking to someone the other day about not going too heavy on the weathering. That's the way I like to build. I don't build war weary-beat up models Just enough wear and tear to show how they look with a little action. I like your subtle weathering. Great build. Toast Toast Toast

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, May 4, 2024 4:15 PM

Hello!

Lookin' good! Funny thing, back in 2001 I was studying in Kaiserslautern, Germany and while staying there I have built two paper models, a Me-262 and a Twin Mustang in exactly this paint scheme! Going back home I had to do something with the models - they were both in 1:33, so pretty big. I donated the Me-262 to the University - it sat in their bar (Nachbrenner) and they wrecked it. And the Twin Mustang ended up in Rammstein, the town next to the air base, in the Red Baron model shop. This one lived longer but I don't know what happened to it - it will soon be a quarter of a century...

Anyhow - thanks for sharing and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 5, 2024 12:08 AM

Well done, Stephen.  I'm glad to hear it was a good build as I have shied away from that brand of kit due to what I have heard about their B-2.

John

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

 

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, May 16, 2024 8:26 AM

A while back I picked up the Modelsvit P-51H at Jaxcon. The kit will head for the bench when we resettle in our new home near Volcan, Panama. I'll be going to Scalefest 2024, in Grapevine, Texas, next week and the F-82 kit is on my shopping list. I'm wondering too, if two P-51H noses can be mated to the F-82 airframe with the resulting model being an XP-82 prototype.

Anyway, Aggieman, excellent job on the F-82 build. Thanks for sharing.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    April 2008
  • From: Fox Lake, Il., USA
Posted by spiralcity on Friday, May 17, 2024 11:19 AM

An interesting kit. Nice build. Smile

 

 

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by JoeSMG on Friday, May 17, 2024 9:48 PM

Beautiful work, agree that the weathering is just right on this build. 

- Joe the SMG

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, May 18, 2024 6:27 AM

Hey pawel!

         How ya doing? Listen, I am reading a "Spy" novel right now that takes place with "KaiserSlautern" being one of the citys involved. I haven't done much but study the "Mossie". I still have to take care of Business if you know what I mean. Still trying to figure that out! E Mail me your Address and maybe that will help? Mine's gjgeracci846@gmail.com.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, May 18, 2024 6:30 AM

Aggieman:

 That's one mean looking plane. I wonder, whenever I see a model of it, how many they actually made! You certainly got the look and finish right. 

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Friday, June 14, 2024 8:49 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments on my Twin Stang!

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