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1/24 Airfix RCAF Mustang IV...update 14.XI.19...decals

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Next, here is the port wheel well roof, which will be mated with the bottom of the wing. Once the two are together there is some more piping and wiring that will be done to finish things up. The starboard wing is almost done too, I'll post that when it is finished.

 

The colour of the wells was a bit of a hard decision. There is photo evidence that some of the post-war USAF and National Guard Mustangs had their wheel wells painted Interior Green, including the clamshell doors. The photos I've seen of RCAF wheel wells also shows a darker colour that can't be attributed to shadows or darkness in there. So I went with a green. A couple of the photos of this aircraft, RCAF 9253, also suggest that the clamshell doors were green, but I can't make myself do it lol.

 

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Oh dear...last post was in April! The model was put aside for the summer and fall because of a trip to Poland with my father and son, two more theatre productions and the sailing season.

 

All that is behind me, my last show finishes this Saturday, the weather has closed in and it's time to sit and get serious about finishing this. I've had a few short but relaxing sessions over the last week or so to get my hand back in, and made some more progress. I'll post some photos over the next couple of days. I'd like to finish it for the HeritageCon Show  in Hamilton, Ontario at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in March...which would be kind of appropriate considering it will be in 424 Squadron RCAF markings.

 

Richard

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Welcome back Richard!  You"ve done a beautiful job on the Mustang.  My modelling days are over as I seemed to have P...d-off Mother Nature and now all I can do is watch the progress of others.  I.ve got another of the original Airfix kits if you need.

 

Barney

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Thanks Barney! I am so sorry about the issues you're having, it must be frustrating. My eyes are causing problems too, close up work is a real strain and it's harder to do longer sessions at the bench.

 

I may take you up on that Mustang...unless Airfix surprises us all with a new tool 1/24 Mustang on Saturday with their big announcement.

 

My guess is it might be a new bomber version of the Mosquito though...

 

Anyway, more photos tonight of my progress on the Mustang. It's getting there.

 

Richard  

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Here are a few photos from the latest sessions.

 

The big ventral intake needed work. As it comes in the kit, the intake has the oil radiator right at the mouth. In reality, it sits farther back and lower, and the roof of the oil cooler forms the floor of the tunnel taking cooling air to the coolant radiator. It's not as complicated as it sounds...

 

I took a photo-etch screen from a 1/32 Mustang (which turned out to be perfect size here) and attached it to the front of a new inverted L-shaped structure. I also fashioned the strut in the front of the intake from some plastic extruded strut. The original kit parts can be seen on the left. 

 

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These are the wheel wells pretty much done, with the wings closed up. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out, and there are still a few things to install, like the landing light and hinges for the clamshell doors. The first photo is a reminder of how this all started.

 

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Thank you Shawn and Mongoose! It's an improvement over the big empty hole that was there, and by far, took up the longest time and effort in the whole build so far. Glad that's mostly behind me, although it was fun.

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