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P-51D 47th FS / 15th FG, Iwo Jima 1945 [TAM 1:32]


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13 hours ago, dennismcc said:

This is looking great, that engine build must have taken up quite of a bit of your patience allowance for the week, I keep saying this but one day I must build one of these Tamiya "super" kits.

 

Never mind I'm going to keep on with my current PCM kit.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

 

These Tamiya kits are incredibly impressive from an engineering standpoint, and definitely a nice counterpoint to the short-run oddballs I seem to keep buying.  The experience can be a bit intimidating though, in that with this kind of material to start with, one had better come up with a stellar result.  This is my second of these after the Zero, and I already have the Spitfire on the shelf for some future day.  I'm sure I will buy a copy of their Corsair eventually.  Too tempting just knowing it's out there.

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After a frustrating week of being too busy with work to do much, I was able to put in some time today (and it's a long weekend in the States, in honor of Dr. King, so more time to work tomorrow and Monday).  

 

IP and gunsight.

 

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Most of the center part of the cockpit.  It still needs to be flat-coated and hit with some additional weathering.  But I want to wait to have the cockpit sides, which get built directly on the fuselage sides, completed first so I can be sure to get the level of weathering consistent.

 

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I used RB Productions seat belts - quite a nice accessory, and easy to build.  The instructions had a useful suggestion to use a "glue stick" poster adhesive stick to glue them together rather than CA or PVA.  Worked great.

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12 hours ago, Gazzas said:

Jeepers that looks nice!

 

8 hours ago, dennismcc said:

That looks really lifelike.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

 

Thanks!  I hope to have a significant update later today or tomorrow with the cockpit sides completed...  Slow progress but (fingers crossed) stuff seems to be working.

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Front office starting to come together.  Just dry fit for now.

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Added the kit cockpit placard decals and a few extras from an Airscale set to match reference photos.  As usual for Tamiya this is all a super-tight-tolerance click fit, so you have to be super careful that nothing you add from scratch in any way interferes, because there's no wiggle room at all.  So far it seems to fit both sides, but I still need to check that the whole fuselage closes around it.  That test also requires the radiator ducting assembly, which I finished and which also fits with zero room to spare.

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At some point tonight or tomorrow I will work up the courage to check if the fuselage closes around that and the cockpit... ;-)

 

I also started to add in more plumbing and linkages between firewall and engine.  Some of these need to be painted black still. 

 

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Some of those will need to be teased into position to follow the engine bearers once the engine is in the closed fuselage.  I need to get that all dry fit next and see how much of the additional hardware that runs along the outside of the engine bay I want to try to build.  I know already that I'm not going to try and replicate Mark's amazing job on the propellor speed control linkage, one because I do not have the chops to do it, and two because there is no clearance between the port engine bearer and the water pump housing for it to fit.  Even Tamiya's scale engineering isn't *perfect*.  I also need to dry fit the battery box and its mount, which in this model Mustang sits in the engine bay between intercooler and oil tank.  That's going to impact routing for plumbing, and also prevent great visibility to stuff underneath it (hence I may not put anything more there). We'll see.  I want to leave no stone that I'm capable of building unturned here, but I can feel the point of diminishing returns approaching...

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On 1/16/2021 at 8:57 PM, Alex said:

After a frustrating week of being too busy with work to do much, I was able to put in some time today (and it's a long weekend in the States, in honor of Dr. King, so more time to work tomorrow and Monday).  

 

IP and gunsight.

 

pmwV6TWzj

 

Most of the center part of the cockpit.  It still needs to be flat-coated and hit with some additional weathering.  But I want to wait to have the cockpit sides, which get built directly on the fuselage sides, completed first so I can be sure to get the level of weathering consistent.

 

po7huzzCj

 

pmPKnUP8j

 

I used RB Productions seat belts - quite a nice accessory, and easy to build.  The instructions had a useful suggestion to use a "glue stick" poster adhesive stick to glue them together rather than CA or PVA.  Worked great.

What did you use to do the glass on the Ip? That is some of the best I’ve seen

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54 minutes ago, themongoose said:

What did you use to do the glass on the Ip? That is some of the best I’ve seen

It’s just what the kit provides.  The Tamiya clear parts are very good - very clear and smooth.  I applied the kit instrument decal on the back of the clear part, and then painted the back of that black to prevent light from shining through the instrument faces.

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Great show.

 

''I also need to dry fit the battery box and its mount, which in this model Mustang sits in the engine bay between intercooler and oil tank.'

The Trumpeter 1/24 P-51D has this configuration, also.  Do you/does anyone know when this started during production?

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark

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2 hours ago, dodgem37 said:

Great show.

 

''I also need to dry fit the battery box and its mount, which in this model Mustang sits in the engine bay between intercooler and oil tank.'

The Trumpeter 1/24 P-51D has this configuration, also.  Do you/does anyone know when this started during production?

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark

Hmm.  No, I don’t and had wondered a bit about it.  The kit instructions/parts give two possible placements, one behind the radio and one in the engine bay.  Variant B in the instructions, which seems closest in time frame and deployed location to the subject I’m trying to do, has it in the engine bay.  The USAAF parts manual reproduction that I just received (which is very useful in general) shows it in the engine bay as well.  It is dated March 1945, so around or slightly before Mustangs were deployed to Iwo Jima to support the B-29 raids originating from fields in the Marianas.

 

 I also wasn’t aware that there was a 1/24 kit.  I hope that it is fatally flawed in some way so that I’m not tempted to buy it... ;-)

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2 hours ago, dodgem37 said:

Great show.

 

''I also need to dry fit the battery box and its mount, which in this model Mustang sits in the engine bay between intercooler and oil tank.'

The Trumpeter 1/24 P-51D has this configuration, also.  Do you/does anyone know when this started during production?

A little bit of additional digging (https://www.mustangsmustangs.net/p-51/variants/p51d) reveals that the inclusion of the K-14 gyro computing gunsight, which is also included only in the kit variant that has the relocated battery, began with the Block 20 P-51Ds, which started production in October 1944.  So perhaps (but I haven’t found an explicit statement of this) the battery relocation happened with that block as well.

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Adding a little bit more - the Tamiya kit (which is specifically meant to be about PTO Mustangs) provides 3 schemes/variants.  “A” and “C” are a P-51K and an F-6D recon plane respectively.  They both have the battery behind the radio.  “B” is a P-51D, 45 FS / 15 FG stationed on Iwo Jima at the end of the war.  My Osprey book has an illustration of the same aircraft (46-3483) and says it is a block 20.  All of the aircraft illustrated in the book (from 15, 21, 506 FGs) are either block 20 or 25 P-51Ds.

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