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Tamiya P-51D Mustang

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#586 Shaka HI

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 06:47 PM

Amazing Finish!


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:12 AM

Mark, Exceptional work!! :thumbsup:

 

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 03:53 PM

Thank you, Shaka.

 

Thank you, Barry.

 

Have been making microscopic progress.

 

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The kit comes with a fillet-less tail so I used clay to dam off the circular rivets, molded, then cast them.

 

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I was able to get the framing seated properly, but that gap still remained.  So I filled the gap with .005 sheet, gluing it on the front side only, as I needed a rear panel line, sanded the dickens out of the wing/fuselage fairing gap, especially with the cotton bud sanding stick I made, and replaced the sanded off fasteners with those I cast.  I sanded them down to translucency on 2000 grit sand paper, stuck them onto upside down tape and removed any overage with a new blade.  I used a Radu Brinson RB Productions Nano Saw to finish the panel line between the wing and engine fairing.  The blades are panel line thin.  

 

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Other side.  There was a lip between the fuselage/wing fairing and the engine fairing, so I filled the area with melted sprue then sanded to match.   I haven't finished it off as of yet.  Pencil marks for new fastener location.  There is no panel line between top and bottom engine/wing/fuselage fairing.  Shimmed, filled, and sanded the firewall to fuselage gap, giving it a bad coat of paint which I will deal with later.  I may need more fasteners.  I'll take a look at that.

 

This has been a delicate exercise.  In retrospect I never should have finished the fuselage before tying in the engine compartment.  Every time I pick up the model to work on it there is a chance of something breaking.

 

Thank you for looking, liking, and commenting.

Sincerely,

Mark


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#589 Shaka HI

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 06:38 PM

I wish I had your dedication, Mark. But after years dedicated into the build -- those gaps should be fixed.


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:43 PM

Perfect mix of dedication and skill!

 

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 01:30 PM

Looks terrific, Mark - can’t be far off the finish line now.

Jim
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Posted 10 December 2017 - 05:24 PM

Brother Bear

Simply blown away - I remember the day you started you Mustang and never could I have dreamed the level of work and detail would have reached this height. From a guy firmly on the other side of the weathering fence, I am simply amazed at the realist weathering and finish - which compliments the extraordinary detailing.Magnificent ...

Keep 'em coming

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 12:02 AM

Wow, what a masterpiece Mark! This has to be THE definitive Tamiya P-51 build on the web. Look forward to seeing you finish this one.

I was looking for inspiration and help for my own build, and this has it in spades. Masterclass all the way.

KLP Publishing...?!
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Posted 21 December 2017 - 12:38 AM

Every time I pick up the model to work on it there is a chance of something breaking.

I hear ya Mark. The Spitfire got that way too towards the end. The more you put on, the harder it is to add more detail, and the more fragile the whole thing becomes. The end result is going to be incredible though so keep at it! You're almost there eh?

Cheers,
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Posted 21 December 2017 - 04:05 PM

I really want this one, Shaka.  I've put so much into it.  There is nothing now that I won't let go.  Even those gaps.

 

Thank you, Kevin.

 

Thank you, Jim.  I'm not far from the finish line, but neither is it close.  There isn't a lot of bulk work to do but plenty of corrective detailing.

 

Brother Bear!  Thank you!  Your memory is better than mine.  I don't remember when I started, I just remember this has taken FOREVER!  Well, a really long time anyway.  I never dreamed that it would turn out as it has, either.  As a matter of fact, I had absolutely no idea how it would turn out.  I didn't know what I was going to do until I did it.  If it worked, I was lucky.  If it didn't, then I had to do something to correct the problem.  I've been doing a lot of corrections.  This has a difficult finish, and is difficult to finish.

 

Thank you, Rotodr1ver.  You give me high praise.  Thank you.  I'm looking forward to finishing this one also.  Masterclass . .  Thank you.  KLP Publishing?  That certainly is a compliment, Thank you.  But that is not for me to decide.  Personally, I don't think it matches up to what already has been published.

 

Thank you, Wolf.  I know you know.  A delicate Beauty, that Spitfire.  Thank you for the compliment.  Right now I'm taking a break.  I put some paint on the fasteners but they were not a size match so I removed them, sanded the area, broke out my other Tamiya Mustang and molded/cast new fasteners from that, used Future as an adhesive instead of CA, cleaning the residue with a damp cotton bud.  Works great.  It has a coat of paint but there are some scratches I need to deal with so I just put it away until after the Holidays.  All of that micro casting, sanding, alignment, and application was intense.  So, I am almost there, but it will take some time.

 

Thank you everyone.

Sincerely,

Mark


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 02:06 PM

Slowly moving forward.

 

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I was able to tie-in the engine fairing.  Molded and cast new fasteners from a second Mustang fuselage.  Painted, sanded, gloss coated, Raw Sienna wash.  No flat coat yet.

 

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Other side.  Decided to make this a replacement panel.  Punched a .020 clear disc, painted the back aluminum then adhered it into the gun sight opening with a spot of future.  That would be the gun CAMERA opening.  Apologies.

 

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Oil tank placed for show.  Have some painting still to do here.

 

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Other side.  Broke off a couple of fasteners.  One for the top cowling, other for the oil tank.  Will make the necessary field repairs.  Over to the left top side of the firewall/fuselage tie in you may notice a strip of unfinished green.  Along the firewall/fuselage seam there was a depression.  I painted over it with future to fill the seam.  I'll just wash it with some Raw Sienna.

 

Thank you for looking and liking.

Sincerely,

Mark


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 04:02 PM

Remarkable work
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Posted 21 January 2018 - 09:25 PM

Been waiting to see this one again.  Really love the scheme.  I dunno why, but I really like a lot of IDF Camo schemes.


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#599 chuck540z3

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 02:23 AM

BEFORE:

 

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AFTER:

 



Slowly moving forward.

 

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Thank you for looking and liking.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

Excellent save Mark!  I now looks much better.

 

Cheers,

Chuck


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 08:37 PM

Thank you, B.

 

Thank you, Gazza.  I like IDF schemes as well.  I have been more familiar with modern jet schemes.  From the Phantom and Skyhawk forward.  But since beginning this build, and researching the Avia 199 and Spitfire, I've become more familiar with aircraft from the War of Independence and Sinai.

 

'Excellent save Mark!  I now looks much better.'

Thank you, Chuck.  It could only!  It took a long and tedious time to get that right.  I could have not bothered with the fasteners, but I just couldn't let that detail go.

 

Have been inching toward the finish line.

 

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Before.  That sounds familiar.  Made a Post-It stencil to apply black chalk.  Cap 'I' for 'inside'.  Aligned with panel line as a guide.

 

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After.  That sounds familiar, too.  Since the model is flat-coated I knew the chalk wouldn't rub off.  Rubbed it down with a cotton bud to soften the edges.

 

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Other side.

 

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Some more powder stains.  Fuzz?  Dog!

 

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Other side.  Out of alignment, I see.  Will make a field repair.

 

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Muzzle staining.

 

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Other side.

 

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I painted a part in the engine compartment with Brass paint and saw it didn't match the Brass I had used to paint the bullet cartridges, so I repainted those.  Much better contrast between Brass and Copper.  Painted the interstices of the bullets in the chain mail with aluminum.  This helped a lot to differentiate everything.  I thought I had painted that over-paint Gun Metal.  I'll take another look.

 

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Other side.

 

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Finally got some work done on the propeller.  Three old, one new.

 

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Back side 1.

 

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Rotated.  Back side 2.

 

I decided to have six rockets, so I went and bought a second Armament package.  I'll be working on that next.

Thank you for looking and liking.

Sincerely,

Mark


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