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1/48 Tamiya P-51B 354th FG James Howard's Ding Hao (Finished)

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 8, 2021 4:39 AM

Nikola

Beautiful pony LD! Brilliant work. Well done man.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

Thanks Nikola

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, October 8, 2021 4:38 AM

the Baron

A beautiful finish on this one, too, LD!  I'm with you about the -B versus the -D.  I like the lines of the razorback, I think it looks more like a racer.

And when I think of Major Howard, I remember reading how he had to crank the seat all the way back, to be able to cram himself into the cockpit.

 

 
lawdog114
...How I deal with this lousy fitting area...

 

Do you mean the vent on the underside of the fuselage?  If you do, it's funny, but on the ICM kit, which I believe is derived from Tamiya's, the same area is a pain to deal with.  The fuselage floor piece doesn't fit properly, which creates gaps at the vent area.  When I built that one, I actually crawled under a P-51B at a local airshow to get a good look at that area.

 

Thanks Baron.  Howard was a true bd a@@. Indeed, that area.  The worst area on these kits. I've never done the ICM one, but like you said, it's my understanding it's basically a copy of the Tamiya kit.  Surprised they let you do that.....lol.      

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Posted by Nikola on Friday, October 8, 2021 1:21 AM

Beautiful pony LD! Brilliant work. Well done man.

 

Best,

Nikola

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:44 AM

A beautiful finish on this one, too, LD!  I'm with you about the -B versus the -D.  I like the lines of the razorback, I think it looks more like a racer.

And when I think of Major Howard, I remember reading how he had to crank the seat all the way back, to be able to cram himself into the cockpit.

lawdog114
...How I deal with this lousy fitting area...

Do you mean the vent on the underside of the fuselage?  If you do, it's funny, but on the ICM kit, which I believe is derived from Tamiya's, the same area is a pain to deal with.  The fuselage floor piece doesn't fit properly, which creates gaps at the vent area.  When I built that one, I actually crawled under a P-51B at a local airshow to get a good look at that area.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 7:06 PM

Gamera

Fantastic as usual!!! Heart

Weirdly I've never built any version of P-51 but a D. I really need to branch out into a B, C, or K.  

 

Thanks!  You'll love the Tamiya B.  Dated but still an excellent kit.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 7:04 PM

Hoss WA

THAT is a thing of beauty!  Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. I need to read up on James Howard -- impressive to say the least. 

 

Thank Hoss

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 8:14 AM

Fantastic as usual!!! Heart

Weirdly I've never built any version of P-51 but a D. I really need to branch out into a B, C, or K.  

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, September 20, 2021 8:59 PM

THAT is a thing of beauty!  Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. I need to read up on James Howard -- impressive to say the least. 

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, September 20, 2021 7:38 AM

rocketman2000

This thread reminds me of the old Monogram 1:48 Ding Hao back in the day.  It was the first model I had built that was cast with detail on both the inside and outside of the fuselage!

For those of us of a 'certain vintage,' I'm pretty sure that was probably our first encounter with both 'Ding Hao' and the Mustang in general...certainly the piano-hinged canopy model B/C.

As a huge James Howard fan, it pleased me that Monogram kept reissuing those same markings virtually from beginning to end.

Greg

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Monday, September 20, 2021 7:29 AM

This thread reminds me of the old Monogram 1:48 Ding Hao back in the day.  It was the first model I had built that was cast with detail on both the inside and outside of the fuselage!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:12 PM

BrandonK

Gorgeous work, Joe. Love me those B/C models. Well done.

BK

 

Thanks Brandon.  I hope you get that bench up and running soon.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:11 PM

rocketman2000

Great job!

 

 

Thanks bud

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:10 PM

gregbale

Probably my single favorite pilot and plane of the entire conflict...and you did your usual magnificent job portraying it. Truly inspirational work!

Cheers

 

Thanks Greg.  Indeed, like Neel Kearby's P-47, I read about him and had to do Ding Hao.  I tend to get inspired by the stories of these pilots.  There will never be men like this again.  We owe them a great deal of gratitude.     

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:07 PM

jeaton01

Nice work, Joe.  Have you tried the Accurate Miniatures P-51B kit?  Not as easy to build but still a nice kit and it does have the correct floor.

 

Thanks Jeaton.  I have not. Actually I forgot about that one. I suppose I just assumed Tamiya is the gold standard.  We are still way overdue for a new one.  I'm surprised Eduard hasn't stepped up yet.  Their D is excellent.       

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:02 PM

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Wow, great work!
 

Thank you Andrew

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:02 PM

keavdog

Nice job as usual.  I've always seen that plane several times before but didn't know the story.  Thanks for posting.

 

Thanks!  Indeed, Howard was the quintessential bad a@@....

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:00 PM

Aggieman

Absolutely fantastic work. Thanks for sharing.

 

Thank you!

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, September 17, 2021 11:10 AM

Gorgeous work, Joe. Love me those B/C models. Well done.

BK

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Friday, September 17, 2021 7:24 AM

Great job!

 

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, September 17, 2021 6:06 AM

Probably my single favorite pilot and plane of the entire conflict...and you did your usual magnificent job portraying it. Truly inspirational work!

Cheers

Greg

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, September 16, 2021 10:58 PM

Nice work, Joe.  Have you tried the Accurate Miniatures P-51B kit?  Not as easy to build but still a nice kit and it does have the correct floor.

John

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Posted by Flight Line Media on Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:51 AM
Wow, great work!

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 7:38 PM

Nice job as usual.  I've always seen that plane several times before but didn't know the story.  Thanks for posting.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 7:21 PM

Absolutely fantastic work. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 3:50 AM
Excellent as usual

 

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1/48 Tamiya P-51B 354th FG James Howard's Ding Hao (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 2:56 AM

Hello, the P-51 bug bit me again so I had to drag out the good old Tamiya P-51 B.  I went with James Howard's Ding Hao of the 354th FG.  On January 11th 1944, Howard lead a bomber escort mission when it was attacked by 30 plus German fighters.  Chaos ensued and he found himself defending the bombers alone for over a half hour.  He shot down 6 and even continued the attack after he ran out of ammo. His determination and bravery that day won him the Medal of Honor. He scored 12 kills, which included 6 in China while flying with the AVG. They don't make men like this anymore. 

 

The Tamiya B is better than their D. It does however boast the same wrong metal curved cockpit floor that is correct for the A.  I painted it to look like wood.  Good enough.  I used a Yahu instrument panel, which was quite nice.  I added a PE seatbelt and Ultracast wheels I had in my stash.  The 75 gallon tanks came off the Tamiya D as their B only comes with the 108 tanks.  Paints were AK Real Colors.  I used the hairspray technique for chipping.  I'mgetting better at it.  I'm liking it much better than AK chipping fluid, as the AK tends to pool on Alclad.  Main markings were painted on with Montex masks. For Howard's markings I used an old Superscale sheet I had which was complete garbage.  The clear film desintergrated when wet and for the life of me I don't know how I salvaged any of them.  I ended up having to put the letters of Ding Hao and the AJ*A on separately. 

That's about it.  Maybe eventually we'll get a new B from someone.  I actually prefer the look of the B over the D. 

  

 

 

 

 

A few in progress....

  

How I deal with this lousy fitting area.

I was happy with the chipping.  

 

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