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Revell 1/32 P-51D-5NA Mustang - Work in progress

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Revell 1/32 P-51D-5NA Mustang - Work in progress
Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 2:27 AM

Hi gents,

 

As I have finally built up enough courage to start multiple builds for the first time (at the moment I'm just finishing a 1/48 Mirage IIIC and building HB's easy assembly 1/48 P-51D), I have also decided to build my first 1/32. Being a sucker for a Mustang, I have chosen Revell's P-51D-5NA for my debut on the 1/32 stage. This will be a practice build for Tamiya's pony waiting in the stash, which would really be a shame to mess up! It would be a shame to mess this one up as well, but not guaranteed! :)

 

This time I'm also using aftermarket goodies for the first time - Eduard Look IP and seatbelts - so this should be fun. :)

 

 

I will probably opt for 363 Fighter Sqn., 357 Fighter Group, 8 AF B6-B ''Desert Rat'' (Cpt. Herschel Pascoe), 1944 - OD over grey.

 

Prior to purchasing the kit I've read good things about it and it should be a fun build. One of the good things is that the wings are full span top and bottom which should ensure correct dihedral with no problem. 

 

I have decided from now on to try and always have one 1/32 on my bench at any time, stretching the build for as long as it takes, as I will be building other smaller ones along the way. We'll see how it goes. 

 

This will be a loooong build so only the most patient will survive! :)

 

Anyway, nothing much at the moment except the ''opening credits''...

 

Thanks for looking guys!

 

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

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Posted by fightnjoe on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 5:32 PM

Should be a fun project.

 

 

 

Joe

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 5:36 PM

Nothing to fear about juggling multiple builds. Big Smile

Much less stressful than juggling chainsaws. Yes

Look forward to seeing how this one develops.

Greg

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Posted by Hoss WA on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 7:14 PM

Nice scheme choice. Looking forward to your progress. 

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, January 11, 2021 6:57 AM

fightnjoe

Should be a fun project.

 

 

 

Joe

 

Thanks for taking an interest Joe!

 

Best, 

Nikola

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, January 11, 2021 7:00 AM

Hoss WA

Nice scheme choice. Looking forward to your progress. 

 

Thanks Hoss!

We'll see how it goes.

 

Best, 

Nikola

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, January 11, 2021 7:02 AM

gregbale

Nothing to fear about juggling multiple builds. 

Much less stressful than juggling chainsaws. 

 
Thanks for the encouragement Gregbale! Appreciated. 
 
When I master this, I am moving to chainsaws! :)
 
Best, 
Nikola

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, January 11, 2021 7:37 AM

I have that kit in my stash, and also have been reluctant to start it- I sense it will be a major project.  My regular mode is too have two kits on bench at a time.  I normally use enamel paint and need something to work on during drying time.

The kit looks great in the box.  I haven't looked at aftermarket stuff yet- I have a hard time resisting that stuff Sad

I'll be following this thread closely.

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Posted by Buckeye2 on Monday, January 11, 2021 9:05 AM

Should be fun project.  Will be following along.

Mike

 

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Posted by fox on Monday, January 11, 2021 2:33 PM

I think it was someone famous who once said "You have nothing to fear but fear itself". Wink

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:10 AM

Don Stauffer

I have that kit in my stash, and also have been reluctant to start it- I sense it will be a major project.  My regular mode is too have two kits on bench at a time.  I normally use enamel paint and need something to work on during drying time.

The kit looks great in the box.  I haven't looked at aftermarket stuff yet- I have a hard time resisting that stuff 

I'll be following this thread closely.

 

 

Thanks for taking an interest Don. I will try not to disappoint. :)

 

Best,

Nikola

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:11 AM

Buckeye2

Should be fun project.  Will be following along.

Mike

 

 

 

From what I've read in the reviews it should. Thanks for taking an interest Buckeye.

 

Best,

Nikola

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:14 AM

fox

I think it was someone famous who once said "You have nothing to fear but fear itself". 

Jim 

Stay Safe.

 

 

Haha, no kits with ''Fear'' for nose art then. :)

 

Best,

Nikola

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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 11:21 AM

Hi gents,

 

Somewhere in the midst of cockpit works... :)

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 7:47 PM

Looks like you are off to a great start. I will be watching this.

This is a very nice kit and is cheaper in price than the Tamiya one. I have this one in the stash and opted to update the tail to the filleted one. I forgot where I ordered the resin later tail but it fits like a glove. I also have the decals for “Contrary Mary”, a very colorful scheme. I read that Revell got the correct position for the main spar visible thru the wheel wells. Also the wing panel lines and riveting were deleted for a smooth look in the hopes of decreasing drag and gaining speed.

 

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:54 PM

Got some leather on... 

 

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Posted by rooster513 on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 2:14 PM

Looking great Nikola! Love the look of the worn leather. I'm currently building the same kit. I'm having some issues with wing root fit but it may be user error on my part:)

-Andy

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Posted by Nikola on Friday, March 19, 2021 12:45 PM

Hi gents,

 

I painted the pattern on the to be exposed wooden floor using Tamiya XF-59 Desert Yellow for the base and Vallejo Model Color Red Leather for the pattern.

 

Next is the Vallejo chipping medium followed by Tamiya Rubber Black.

 

I hope for the best. :)

 

Nikola

 

 

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Posted by Nikola on Friday, March 19, 2021 12:54 PM

rooster513

Looking great Nikola! Love the look of the worn leather. I'm currently building the same kit. I'm having some issues with wing root fit but it may be user error on my part:)

 

 

Hi Andy,

Thanks, glad you like it so far. :)

 

How bad is it? Any other heads up? :)

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Nikola on Friday, March 19, 2021 12:57 PM

plasticjunkie

Looks like you are off to a great start. I will be watching this.

 I read that Revell got the correct position for the main spar visible thru the wheel wells. Also the wing panel lines and riveting were deleted for a smooth look in the hopes of decreasing drag and gaining speed.

 

 

Hi Plasticjunkie,

 

Thanks! Glad you like the progress. :)

Do you know if these early D's had the entire wheel well in YZC or just the spars and structural elements?

As for the wing being puttied, I will probably do it, as much as I hate the extra work, haha.

 

Best,

Nikola

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Posted by rooster513 on Friday, March 19, 2021 2:48 PM

Nikola,

     It wasn't too bad. The fit for me was actually too tight (better then massive gaps) but it may have been becasue I glued the cockpit sidewalls to the fuselage halves instead of building it as a tub first. Just took some sanding then test fitting and a little more sanding to get in. So far the only other place I've had a issue with is the tail fillet. They are separate from the fuselage and I wasn't able to get a perfect seam but some sanding got the parts nicely in line. I still had a gap around between fuselage halves by the tailwheel but a little filler took care of it.

     I filled the wing panel lines with spure goo and it worked pretty well. I have hit it with primer but it seems to have done a good job just lots of sanding:)

     I went down the wheel well rabbit hole too lol. I ended up painting mine overall aluminum except the spar which I did YZC. Ask 4 people what color they were and you will get 4 different answers:-D I think it comes down to what look you like best.

     The wings on mine were warped as well. How are yours? I'd like to build more of these but not if it's a mold issue.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, March 19, 2021 3:35 PM

Hi Nikola

From what I have read, early Ds had the ZC main spar only.  Complete ZC wells appeared from block 20 on. 

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Posted by Nikola on Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:36 PM

And here's the result:

 

 

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Posted by Nikola on Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:42 PM

plasticjunkie

Hi Nikola

From what I have read, early Ds had the ZC main spar only.  Complete ZC wells appeared from block 20 on. 

 

 

Thanks for the info! Appreciated!

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Nikola on Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:45 PM

rooster513

The wings on mine were warped as well. How are yours? I'd like to build more of these but not if it's a mold issue.

 

Hi Rooster,

 

Thanks for sharing your experience! Much appreciated!

I'll check the wings and get back to you.

 

Best,

Nikola

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, March 21, 2021 8:13 AM

Nikola
 
 

As for the wing being puttied, I will probably do it, as much as I hate the extra work, haha.

 

The easiest way to putty the wings is using Perfect Plastic Putty. Apply it over the panel lines with a small spatula tool and let it dry 5-10 minutes. Use a damp paper towel and lightly wipe till the area is smooth and even, no sanding required. This is great stuff and you may be able to get it locally.

https://www.amazon.com/DELUXE-MATERIALS-BD44-Perfect-Plastic/dp/B0076LAVFK/ref=asc_df_B0076LAVFK/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309770451066&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15517614809703945779&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9011767&hvtargid=pla-526517629628&psc=1

 

 

  

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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 3:20 AM

Getting there slowly... Very slowly! 

 

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Posted by Nikola on Friday, March 26, 2021 5:44 PM

Office soon to be wrapped up... 

 

First time working with PE seatbelts. Man some of those pieces are small!

 

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, March 27, 2021 7:43 AM

Nikola

Office soon to be wrapped up... 

 

First time working with PE seatbelts. Man some of those pieces are small!

 

 

Fantastic work.

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Posted by Nikola on Sunday, March 28, 2021 3:14 AM

plasticjunkie

Fantastic work.

 

 
Thank you PJ. Much appreciated. Glad you like it so far.
 
Best,
Nikola

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