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P-51 Mustang GT-4 [FINISHED]

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P-51 Mustang GT-4 [FINISHED]
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 1:57 PM
I've played around with this idea of doing cars with warbird schemes before, and I've done it using a few different Hot Wheels over the years.   
I'm using a Tamiya GT-4 kit that I cannibalized for other projects so it's perfect for exploring this concept in a larger scale.  I have a general idea of what I think it should look like.
After tinkering with TS-17 and AS-12 silvers from the cans and not getting the look I wanted, I found mixing them together and airbrushing them made what I was looking for; a bright satin silver with mild flakes. 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 3:14 PM
The chassis was painted Zinc Chromate as the internal panels of a P-51 would be.  I mixed the color from old Testors and Tamiya enamels and did some mild shading.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 3:27 PM

Nice project! Yes

Just a thought...if you want to get a little historically-authentic 'cute'...the 362nd Fighter Squadron of the famed 357th Fighter Group -- one of the more famous Mustang units -- used the unit code G4. If you're giving your model codes, you could mark it G4-T. Big Smile

(That would also let you 'jazz it up' with the group's well-known red/yellow checkerboard nose marking. More work, granted...but several extra layers of cool! Cool)

Have fun with your project! Beer

Greg

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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 6:05 PM
The front of the hood and the nose were shot with Tamiya LP-8 Yellow.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 6:24 PM

Two of my fav-or-ites, togetherBow Down

Steve

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:31 PM
The suspension and drivetrain was done with other deviations from stock colors.  I used mostly old original Alclad colors from the 70's.
The brakes were done with Tamiya acrylic clear colors for an anodized look.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:42 PM

Scale-Master, this is just too cool. I drive a 2012 Mustang Convertible and I have a few diecast Mustangs on the shelf. One of them might need a new paint job. I'll be following your progress on this build.

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

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  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:40 PM

Saw this project a while back and thought it was really awesomeBig Smile I want one!!

https://www.motor1.com/news/360215/ford-old-crow-mustang-auction/

 Have fun with your versionYes

Gil

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Posted by arcturus87 on Thursday, June 16, 2022 12:22 AM

What a great idea. They should do this with real cars. 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 16, 2022 10:40 AM
I drew up and printed some tailored checkerboard decals.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 16, 2022 2:13 PM
I airbrushed some AS-17 green on the rear emulating a scheme on some P-51s.  (Yes, it is not exactly the right shade, but then this car is not the right airplane shape either.)
I also sprayed an anti-glare panel on the center of the hood.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 16, 2022 3:59 PM
The insignias came from an old Testors/Scale-Master sheet.  This era of planes did not have the red bars.  I also Dullcoted the checkerboard nose.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 16, 2022 5:33 PM
I made the invasion stripes using white and black Warbird/Scale-Master decal stripes from sheets SP002.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 16, 2022 7:51 PM
I painted the middle set of louvers the same green as the anti-glare panel.
The outside hood louvers were done in another old Alclad exhaust shade to represent the exhaust pipes on the planes.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by lurch on Friday, June 17, 2022 12:08 AM

That is looking fantastic. I love it.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, June 17, 2022 10:31 AM

Thanks Lurch!

 

The wheels were done in a blue tinted silver shade.
I made a few more custom decals too.  One for the gas cap; I used the same design as on a P-51 filler.
It needed an appropriate name and numbers to follow the theme.  The 88 is from the Tuskegee P-51 Little Freddie, but I beefed it up a bit.  The numerals are tied to the name of this project.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, June 17, 2022 2:57 PM
I designed decal sheets for over a dozen Tuskegee "Red Tail" Mustangs, so it was only fitting to me to make the rear wing red with the yellow stripes commonly used on the aircraft wings.  The stripes are from an old Scale-Master / Develotech McDonald's T-Bird sheet.  I just cut off the black pinstripes. 
Colored trim tabs were common on the rudder, so I went with yellow end plates and some more custom decals tied to the theme.
The taillights were sprayed TS-74 Clear Red before being sprayed with TS-71 Smoke for a blacked out effect.  The Red Tail theme was carried onto the center panel too.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, June 17, 2022 3:40 PM

Well!

         I do have to say, That is a very Novel approach to a model car build. I like it!

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, June 17, 2022 4:33 PM

This build is just so good!!

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, June 17, 2022 4:35 PM

Thanks Guys!

 

The kit decals were used for the C/F on the front winglets and I left them semi-gloss for the time being.  I went with red for the grille since a red spinner was common.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Friday, June 17, 2022 4:56 PM

Such a great job of recreating the flavor of a P-51 Tuskegee Red Tail.  

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, June 17, 2022 9:43 PM

Thanks Duster!

 

I used NATO Black instead of the "proper" black for the window surrounds.  Then I sprayed the clear sections Clear Blue and then a few more coats of Smoke.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, June 18, 2022 8:03 AM

Hmm:

 Totally catching the "Vibe"

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:54 AM
The mirrors were painted Fluorescent Red and Clear Green over silver as a nod the wingtip lights on the plane.  The wing tips were sometimes red, so I painted the cove details to reflect that.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, June 18, 2022 1:45 PM
That was fun!  Now it's done!

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Saturday, June 18, 2022 4:35 PM

WOW!  That's so creative and cool!  Your attention to details like a red mirror on the left and a green one on the right is incredible!  The color schemes and nose art from the old warbirds look great on sporty automobiles.  Aurora back in the 1960s - 1970s had a series of sports car kits with fighter motif. Once again excellent idea and completion.

tjs

TJS

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, June 18, 2022 4:47 PM

Nicely done, indeed! YesBeerYesBeer

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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Posted by Back to the bench on Saturday, June 18, 2022 5:32 PM

So cool and so well executed!Yes

I'm especially impressed with how well your custom made decals conform to that very complex nose shape.

Thanks for sharing such a really unique and clever build!

Gil

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, June 18, 2022 6:28 PM

That's pretty cool

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, June 19, 2022 10:40 AM

Very cool. Excellent work. We have a small airfield here with a P-51 and he has a newer mustang car done up like this. It's a great idea.

BK

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