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It has begun.  Took me about a year, but finally got started.  This will be Duchess Arlene and the intent is to bring it to Nationals in Chattanooga.  We'll see if it goes on the contest table or the club table, or the Display table.  :rolleyes:

 

We all know the box:

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And here is the aftermarket of which I'll be using bits and pieces - mostly for the cockpit.  I have some duplicates (Brassin and Barracuda and tires for one) so am looking to mix and match.  Mustangs were supposedly known for having mismatched tires (although I've seen very few pictures of that).  I've already sorted through most of that Big Ed batch and won't be using any of the Engine bits (more on that in a minute) or the machine gun bays.  I have 3 options for the IP actually.

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Bases by Bill did a custom base for me and it is amazing.  The name tag actually has its own little stand as well and I purchased the appropriate medal for Lt. Williams.

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I mentioned I have three options for the IP:  the Kit, Eduard and Barracuda.  I'm going to see if I can build all 3 as kind of a comparison and will post that separately but will show some of it here as well.

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The Barracuda IP intrigues me the most, but also looks like an amazing amount of work. Hmmm...  Not as big a fan of the self-adhesive Eduard but the detail is nice.  I have the Barracuda cockpit placards as well.  MIGHT look at a combo of Eduard and Barracuda.  We'll see.  Oh, I have a piece of Tamiya tape on the Barracuda IP as I get it ready for primer.  I have already removed the outer pouring casings but not the base yet.

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I'm not going with the removable engine panels so the engine is only what is needed to secure the prop and exhausts (which don't actually attach to the engine on this kit):

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Hopefully more tomorrow.

Ciao!

Chris

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Interesting project, Chris!

 

2 hours ago, CANicoll said:

Bases by Bill did a custom base for me and it is amazing.  The name tag actually has its own little stand as well and I purchased the appropriate medal for Lt. Williams.

AShUKV.jpg

 

Looks like Bill put the wrong aircraft name on your base!

 

Kev

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2 hours ago, LSP_Kevin said:

Interesting project, Chris!

 

 

Looks like Bill put the wrong aircraft name on your base!

 

Kev

 

Thanks Kev!!  Took me a minute but that was the squadron creed.  Whew!!

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