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#1 dodgem37

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 12:02 PM

I don't usually show my work, except at local meetings,
but I thought I'd throw caution to the wind
and show the world a project I did for my wife.

My wife asked me to build her an airplane, so when I found these
Green Nosed Mustang decals with her name (Janet), it was only a
matter of time before I sat down and labored through the process
of building an airplane once again.

So, after over 20 some odd years of armor building, I managed to finish this:

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Painted checker board, fitted windshield. A littles silvering to 'Janet'. Oh well.

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Stenciled codes and serial number. Codes are my wifes' initials. Serial number is her birthdate (April 7, 1958).
I goofed and didn't cover the fuselage star when I did some invasion stripe touch up, or something, and removed some of the decal.
So I painted the spot aluminum. The canopy is futured. The kit national markings were from hunger. No amount of Sol
would settle them down.

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Painted fuel caps and canopy latches. I painted the flaps laquer aluminum.
When I removed the tape some paint pulled off.

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You can see where the .50's don't have covers on this wing. The other wing they do.
I didn't like the seam running thru so I sanded off the covers.
I rounded some tube and fit it to the other wing.
That wing was able to accept the covers because I did not finish the opening by sanding it 'to scale thickness',
as it were, like I did this wing.

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The rockets don't fit to their base and the aux. fuel tank brace area needs work
The struts gave me a fit. For those of you who have built this kit, you'll know. I built two of the same strut.
The tires flop around on the rims so I had to shim them so the tires would fit. I absolutely hated the way the
struts fit into the wing.

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Some detail painting. This was probably the most fun I had with the kit.
The bottom of the wing has a pebble texture. I sanded some of it off before I quit.
I think this is the cause for the light scratchy spots in the central grey area.
But maybe not.

Anyway, what's done is done. I hope you like it.
Thanks for looking.

Sincerely,
Mark

#2 LSP_Kevin

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 12:27 PM

Very nicely done Mark! I can tell from the rivets that it's the Dragon kit, but you've whipped it into shape beautifully. I'm sure your wife will be very happy with it. I would be!

Kev

#3 jeroenpeters

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 01:10 PM

If your wife is just as stunning as this bird, you're one lucky man!
Best regards,

Jeroen

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 02:15 PM

Fantastic work on that Mustang, Mark!
I like very much the special care on the weathering, subtle and well done. Personally I love strong weathering (when is recommended).
The pics a bit dark...try to play with lighting to show better that beauty.

Cheers
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#5 M. Scott Borden

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 03:40 PM

Very, very nicely done, Mark! The Dragon P-51D is a real challenge; you've made it look easy. Hope to see more of your work!

Scott

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 10:57 AM

Thanks everyone, you're very generous.
And the BEST!

Alberto-I will work on my lighting!

Sincerely,
Mark

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 03:10 PM

Mark,

Nice job on a difficult kit. Your skill shows. Youve definately created a Mustang worth admiring. Nicely done.

Best,

Geoff

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 08:43 PM

TOP NOTCH work.......very clean...
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Posted 15 July 2009 - 08:56 PM

Great Looking Model.....I really like your paint and weathering.

Texas ;) :( :ph34r:




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