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1/32 P-51B conversion from Revell 1/32 P-51D early

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So I dont know about you guys, but for me it never fails... with every build there is always some sort of disaster that causes a detour.


In this case, I was working on the aft fuselage windows, and ran to answer a phone call. Then I made dinner. After I got back to my desk and when I went to sit down I heard "crack".  Didn't realize the windows had fallen on the floor.   


After a steady stream of words suitable for my previous life as a Naval Officer, I got down to business.  The solution was to put the pieces back together, sand and polish smooth, and vacuform replacements.


Here is a pick with the parts backed with epoxy putty and raised to obtain a good draw for a vacuform.




And in this shot you can see where the parts were cracked






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I have a number of hardwood pre-sized platens to hold styrene sheets for this, but in this case with such small parts I made a smaller platen and used thumbtacks to hold the clear sheet in place.







So, I heat up an element on the stove, only takes a few minutes until the plastic is pliable.  Then its placed over the vac box, vacumm is turned on, and in this case a good draw was the result.








And finally, a shot of the parts with removed off the platen.  You'll note there are 4 parts here vice 2.... I ended up filling 2 spare windows I had used to vac a window with a camera opening on my P-51 Mk 1A photo recon conversion.  With the extra room I thought I may as well make the extras in case I needed them.




Hopefully I'll get more done over the holidays!  


Cheers everyone and please stay safe out there!



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  • 1 month later...

Hi all.


With grafting a 70's vintage 51B upper fuselage to a more recent Revell 51D early, then using a combination of vac canopy parts based on the Hobbycraft early 51A kits, it took a lot of work to get a decent fit for the clear parts. Lots of repetitive shaping and filling. 


The hardest part was grafting the vac Hobbycraft 51A windscreen onto the forward fuselage. Using brute force in the way of my mini grinder saved a lot of time. Took a fair bit of grinding to get a good fit.


The Trumpeter 51B kit has been criticized for the shape of the nose, but through this exercise I've also found the shape of this kits upper rear fuselage to be out of profile as well. It appears to be too "rounded" and too wide, which is why I went with the old Revell 51B kit. 


Here are some pics of the last few weeks worth of work.










Cheers and on to joining the wing to the fuselage!


Oh, and ... GO CHIEFS!



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