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  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Mr Choppers
Posted by EdGrune on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:51 PM

Airfix 1:72 scale P-51D finished in "Mr Choppers" race livery from the mid-1960s.

 

Completed largely Out of the Box.  Painted using Surf Aqua acrylic craft paint,  thinned with Vallejo thinner & flow improvers.   The craft paint was also mixed with some Vallejo clear gloss to obtain a gloss finish.   The acrylic aqua color matched the automotive paint reportedly used on the prototype.   The canopy frames were masked using Tamiya tape and cut using a fresh #11 scalpel blade before being sprayed with the aqua.  Dragging a fine mechanical pencil over the panel lines imparted some definition to them.  

Markings are by Draw Decals.   These decals are printed on decal film paper without separate decal film patches.   Care must be taken to cut out the images and leave minimal surrounding decal film.   The decals were applied using MicroSol and MicroSet, followed by a coat of Testor's Dull Coat.   

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 1:41 PM

Ed, that's a beauty!

Any mods for racing, or was it 'stock?'

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 1:44 PM

EdGrune
These decals are printed on decal film paper without separate decal film patches.   Care must be taken to cut out the images and leave minimal surrounding decal film.

Old School!

Fly low, fly fast, turn left!

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 1:55 PM

Very nice.  Love the color and I'm a big fan of Draw decals.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    May 2020
  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 2:42 PM

That's a beaut - great job, and with craft paint, too!  Imagine actually owning something like that - better than a Ferrari, any dayCool

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

   

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 4:44 PM

Oh MY! I certainly don't have the " Blues" anymore! One Beatiful Bird!

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:30 AM

gregbale

Ed, that's a beauty!

Any mods for racing, or was it 'stock?'

Thank you.   

Photos indicate that she was de-miled.   I sanded & polished the gun fairings and filled the shell ejection ports.   It also indicated that consideration was given to adding a second seat.   Cut off the cockpit fuel tank/radio head and filled with a piece of yogurt cup sealer.  No second seat is included in my cockpit, it would interfere with the canopy brace.   The armored head rest was cut from the seat with some holes added to feed the belts (again made with the yogurt cup lid material)

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