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  1. It's a little more complicated then grafting a P-51D nose to the B kit. The windscreens are different. I adapted my one piece cowl to the B kit windscreen/instrument coaming. Hence the reason for the cuts being made behind the coaming down through the forward wingroots. It's the least destructive manner.
  2. Sure Mike! I do have three ala'carte sets listed. One for all the clear parts, one gives you just the nose with exhausts, and prop/spinner, and the third set gives you the fuel tanks, pylons, and wheels. if there is a specific part you need, I'm happy to fill that outside of Ebay as a direct sale. One member has asked if he can buy using the classic method of check in the mail. Message me if this is your preferred manner of purchase.
  3. My nose has been engineered using a reproduction of the Revell P-51D Early upper cowl and has been grafted on to the P-51B lower nose at the midpoint of the exhaust outlets. The resin nose has a smooth featureless surface. For one simple reason. The update can not be done without rescribing the whole model. Rescribing is a very personal thing for modelers and everybody has their techniques. Me? I prefer deeper lines. Others prefer lighter. some prefer pencil. I can go on, but you get the point. I would only be frustrating the builder who would have to fill my recessed lines in before doing it their way.
  4. I did it because the kit is currently in Hobby Lobby's model aisle inventory. And given the shear number that have been sold since 1968 or 69, the kit is in my wheelhouse for good sales. I knew it had issues. Just wasn't aware how many.
  5. Exactly! I handle issues with the kit prop being in two pieces, the bagel looking wheels, the lack of under wing fuel tanks where pylons were included in the kit, the horrible clear parts with heavy pins and locator fixtures to make them operable, the over sized exhaust manifold openings, the barrel shaped cowl. included are 2 different types of exhausts, better wheels, nicer dash panel, seat, fuel tanks with pylons, both canopy styles, and for shits and giggles, a pair of main flaps. Simple kitbashing, that is perfect for novices wanting to learn resin and vacuform clear parts without breaking the bank.
  6. Nearly 30 resin and clear vacuformed parts to help bring your tired old kit new life. A second set includes a filleted tail to allow the building of modified aircraft. https://www.ebay.com/itm/303390033968 also added ala carte to Ebay canopy vac set https://www.ebay.com/itm/303394196933 Fuel tanks with pylons and wheels https://www.ebay.com/itm/303394266906
  7. It's a big modeling world and there are folks who still have this kit, and are building them. And accuracy is not so much of an importance to them. Also HobbyLobby is carrying the kit in the modeling aisle. Meaning more are picking it up. Thanks for responding!
  8. I think HobbyBoss would find a better market making vacuum cleaner nozzles.
  9. Revell 1/32 P-51B Malcolm hood. Came to me broken after modeler attempting to pose in the slid back open position. I glued the two parts together, made a mold, cast it in resin and cleaned up the break. Polished and now a usable die for vacuforming. Will be listing to Ebay soon. $10 plus shipping. Buy direct if you like. Resin die in picture not included.
  10. I am currently working on a new Emerson turret for this kit, to replace the old set I had been selling. I'm trying to make these as easy as possible for you guys. I'm taking some inspiration from Bill Koster and they way he solved the problem of the parts seam running over the top of the Monogram 1/48 B-24 turrets. I'm working on a three clear pieces ( Left and right sides with wind deflectors, and a center) that follow the actual two joints used in the real turrets. But I will be adding two inside resin formers that will make combining all three parts easier. I'll post pictures when I have all the parts ready. The one piece vac formed Emerson has become hit or miss for producing. It is a time consuming process that involves freezing before extracting the die. The failure rates were unsustainable , and I discontinued sales.
  11. I wasn't going to give up on the Emerson Turret for this kit. After a lot of trial and error, I have found the path to vacuforming the full Emerson dome in one piece. Just cut the excess sheet away and you have it.
  12. This P-51D set fixes the biggest issues in the kit. Starting with the poorly molded, unusable kit canopy. Followed by the again, poorly molded flaps with the valley like sink mark that runs the whole length of the two pieces. I include a one piece upper cowl ala Tamiya design that fixes the soft to missing engraving details found in the curve of the fuselage nose.All this fun for $20.00 plus lowest shipping. https://www.ebay.com/itm/303248689828
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