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Just under the wire - 3rd completion in 2016!


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#1 seiran01

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 01:16 AM

Completion of this came in just under the wire for a 2016 build - 7PM on December 31st! This is only my third fourth completed kit this year but I'm very pleased with the outcome.

This is Tamiya's 1/32 P-51D kit depicting a #2 Sqn (Wellington Squadron) bird in the New Zealand Territorial Air Force (NZ TAF) circa 1953/1954.  Mustangs flew for New Zealand throughout most of the 1950s in four territorial squadrons.

The kit was built out of the box with the exception of the following: Appropriate propeller blades from Grey Matter, resin rocket stubs from Brian Fawcett, a resin spinner from an Aires P-51 prop set sanded to shape and drilled to accept the GM resin blades (the Aires square blades are far too large to use sadly), and Ventura Decals set #V3275.

 

This P-51 had an unpainted metal fuselage and tailplanes, and silver painted wings, rudder, elevators, and spinner.  The fuselage was finished in Alclad Polished Aluminum, with Alclad Dull Aluminum lightly sprayed in a few areas to simulate tarnishing or dulling metal. Panels around the exhaust are Alclad Dark Aluminum. The wings, spinner, and moving tail surfaces were airbrushed in decanted Tamiya AS12 spray paint. Anti-glare panel and prop blades were finished in Mr. Color 125 Japanese Cowling Color and Mr Color #58 for the propeller tips.

 

Thank you to Anthony Galbraith, who was very helpful throughout the build providing unpublished photos and additional information. The Harvard below was the first kit I completed in 2016, also with Ventura decals.
 

 

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#2 Shaka HI

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 01:17 AM

Nice and different! More picts please!


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 01:23 AM

Lovely build! I too would love to see more pics.

And congrats on getting down to the wire. My last build was finished a half hour before yours :)

Carl
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Posted 01 January 2017 - 01:28 AM

Very nice Mustang there - fantastic metal finish!


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-Patrick

 


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 02:26 AM

Very nice Mustang there - fantastic metal finish!

 

Agreed. 

 

Lovely to see an in flight build. :)


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My hat has a propellor.

10% faster. ;)


#6 JohnB

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 04:55 AM

Looks good! Nicely done but we do need more pictures. :)


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Be careful of the toes that you step on today for they may be connected to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow.


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 10:17 PM

Mike....

 

A STUNNING Mustang. 

 

I get goosebumps when I see a Mustang more than any other Warbird!. :wub: 

Good work. :thumbsup:  :yahoo:  :wicked:  :wow:  :clap2:  :bow: 

 

 

Please may I see more  pictures...  you've been stingy..now come on... :P  :unsure: 

 


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Res Non Verba .

La calma è la virtù dei forti !

Potius Mori quam foedari.


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 11:08 PM

Mike

One sweet Mustang .. terrific build

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Peter


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 11:15 PM

You guys are too kind, thank you.  It seems the consensus is to show more photos, so more have been added!


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