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Very nice progress on the Mustang, especially the plumbing under the Merlin.

Peter

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Good show. Nice detail work on that ammo. Don't mean to sound pedantic, but will you be putting in tracer rounds?

 

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

That's a great idea Mark. Do you know what the standard loadout was for WWII aircraft? I know we used to run APIT (Armor Piercing Incendiary Tracer) a lot on our .50s for ground operations, but not sure what they would've used in WWII aircraft.

Joe

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From Squadron P-51D Walk Around, Pg. 26, photo caption: 'Examination of the rounds in the belts show that every fifth and sixth round were tracer ammunition.' Photo is b & w, tracer round tip color is not specified.

 

Aero Detail 13, NA P-51D Mustang, photo 183, pg. 30 caption states every 5th round as a red tipped tracer round. But I don't know how historically accurate that is.

 

Loadout: Ammo bay for inner gun held 400 rounds. Ammo bay for outer pair held 270 rounds per gun.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

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From Squadron P-51D Walk Around, Pg. 26, photo caption: 'Examination of the rounds in the belts show that every fifth and sixth round were tracer ammunition.' Photo is b & w, tracer round tip color is not specified.

 

Aero Detail 13, NA P-51D Mustang, photo 183, pg. 30 caption states every 5th round as a red tipped tracer round. But I don't know how historically accurate that is.

 

Loadout: Ammo bay for inner gun held 400 rounds. Ammo bay for outer pair held 270 rounds per gun.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

Smithery, I appreciate the compliment.

 

Mark,

Thanks for the info. I'd guess the the 5th round was tracer and 6th round was incendiary or API? .50 cal tracer tip should be red and incendiary blue. In the second example that you gave, I'd say that it is pretty historically correct as 4 and 1 link is standard on most tracer-linked MG belts (4 ball and 1 tracer).

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Getting ready for paint.

 

I can't say enough how well this kit goes together, I believe you could build most of the kit without glue and it would probably hold together. The only gap I filled was a hairline gap on the wing leading edge that couldn't even be seen with the naked eye.

 

 

 

Sanded and polished the mold line in the canopy then dipped in future.

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Very nice progress... is it going to be in NM? :popcorn:

 

 

Thanks Kage, and no, this one is going to be the green and grey Old Crow that Anderson flew during the late summer and fall of '44. I do love the NMF but my last Mustang was NMF (Cripes A'Mighty 3rd) and I wanted to mix it up a little. Plus, I see a lot of Old Crows done in NMF but not too many in the green finish.

Joe

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Guest Peterpools

Joe

Awesome progress on Old Crow. Thanks for the heads up on the canopy seam, as I normally miss them, with the finish line so close.

 

Peter

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Thanks Peter, and you're right - the finish is near.

 

 

Got the pre-shade, then base, then highlight shades done. I'm using Vallejo USA grey on the underside and Tamiya RAF Green on the topside.

 

Pre-shade then base laid down top and bottom.

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Lightened RAF Green slightly with a drop of white then added a little highlighting.

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Same with undersurface, added couple drops of white to my USA Grey then added highlights.

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Man, this is sweet! I like the way your building this. Hope to see more soon......Harv :popcorn: :goodjob:

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Joe

Love the way the pre-shading is coming though. Paint work sure looks smooth as silk.

:speak_cool:

Peter

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