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#1 Tinbanger

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 11:47 PM

This P-51 has been sitting on my wall of shame since 2006:-

 

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Canopy is some where in my cave!!!

Richard


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Posted 09 June 2017 - 03:37 AM

Good luck! From what I see it looks great. :)


My hat has a propellor.

10% faster. ;)


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Posted 09 June 2017 - 04:43 AM

I have this kit won from an eBay auction....I opened it and put it back into the box and got the Tamiya! 

 

(I wondered why I won the auction so easily!)

 

Good luck!


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Posted 09 June 2017 - 02:15 PM

i've got this in the stash as well, in my opinion its not the 6 headed ugly beast everyone makes it out to be


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Posted 09 June 2017 - 05:03 PM

That's because you have the will/talent to make a prince out of a frog of a kit!

 

Mine's relegated to test model....

 

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 04:08 AM

I actually took it out of the plastic bags and examined it...you're right, Shawn. It's really not that bad...

 

Maybe I'll build it.

 

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 07:33 AM

The most common complaint about this kit is the overzealous surface detailing - especially the rivetting, and especially on the wings. This can be toned down without too much effort I think, and deliver a decent Mustang at the end.

 

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 04:15 PM

The most common complaint about this kit is the overzealous surface detailing - especially the rivetting, and especially on the wings. This can be toned down without too much effort I think, and deliver a decent Mustang at the end.

 

Kev

Hi Kev

How would you go about " Toning " down the rivets? they are not as bad as some kits out there.

The fit of the engine cover is poor on one side so I have my work cut out there.

Richard.



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 11:56 PM

Hi Kev

How would you go about " Toning " down the rivets? they are not as bad as some kits out there.

The fit of the engine cover is poor on one side so I have my work cut out there.

Richard.

 

I would take a jar of Mr. Surfacer 1000, and paint it into all the rivet lines. Let it sit for about 10 minutes or so (you'd have to work in sections), and then take a cotton bud moistened with Mr. Color Thinner (Levelling or not), and rub away the excess. This is not a good method for eliminating them completely, but it will tone them down. You may need to do more than one application, but it's easier than any of the fill/sand alternatives.

 

For eliminating them completely, I might try some Mr. Dissolved Putty instead, or even some Perfect Plastic Putty, which can be cleaned up with water. The latter doesn't have as much "stickability", however, and is difficult to keep in shallow depressions.

 

I've got this kit in the stash (thanks, Karim!), but haven't built it yet, so my comments are speculative at this stage, and I certainly have no experience with how it goes together generally. Perhaps I'll do a build guide on it for KLP Publishing!

 

Kev


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 12:41 AM

Thank you Kev.

Usefull information!

Richard.



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Posted 12 June 2017 - 04:38 AM

I built it a little while ago as a "What If?" build and had a fun time with it. I filled the rivets on the wings using the method Kev described. I did it with Deluxe Perfect Plastic Putty. I would recommend that you seal the putty once you're happy with the way they look. In my case, they're still there but not as divot like in appearance.

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Hope that helps.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 06:38 PM

the other "gotcha" on this kit is the windscreen fitment


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:35 PM

Thanks Carl
I get the idea!
The engine covers are next up for re-work, one of those What was I thinking moments looking at them now!
Richard

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 03:25 AM

I tried using plastic putty to fill the rivets...as Carl say, they'll reduce their appearance. Plastic Putty works here because the rivets are actually quite deep -- they're almost like pock-marks. Also, my sample has a slight "grain" to the surface which gives some tooth for the putty.


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Posted 18 June 2017 - 03:07 PM

I would take a jar of Mr. Surfacer 1000, and paint it into all the rivet lines. Let it sit for about 10 minutes or so (you'd have to work in sections), and then take a cotton bud moistened with Mr. Color Thinner (Levelling or not), and rub away the excess.
 Kev


Hi Kevin.
I picked up Mr Surfacer 1000 but the LHS does not stock the thinner,is there an alternative?
Richard.




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