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decisions, decisions... set! NAA P51B Trumpeter 1/32

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Excellent progess Paolo.  The weapons bay looks fantastic, you did an outstanding job on it.  Gaspatch AM stuff is very high quality, though I have only used their items on WWI builds.



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thanks Ernest and Maru, you are too generous with this dumb old model maker!


well, today I have not done anything because I was ordered for "a simple ride, less than 10Km". since this discussion has taken a bit of a drift like this, I put a photo of the green part of the route:



I have yet to figure out if the sweet* girl who drags me into these things is trying to get me in shape or kill me...



anyway. in the midst of this alien landscape, and without even thinking about it, I had an epiphany, and I understood why the P51's main landing gear was struggling to stick firmly in place. in fact, it is almost a week that I have placed it, but it limps, flickers, in short, it is not firmly locked in its place, on the contrary, to titillate it, it comes off, despite the use of very powerful styrene glue as flex-i-file!



AND THANKS! the landing gear bay is made of resin, and when it sticks, the styrene glue, there???

I could stay there until 2024, waiting for it to stick...



so now** I clean everything and start again with a suitable glue and then insciallah, I finally go to the cockpit.

oh, yesterday I managed to complete also the LH ammo bay.



cheers, Paolo



*so to speak :D

**now I'm going to rest my poor bones, we talk about it tomorrow, maybe:whistle:



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That looks great, those gun bays are so neat.

As to the polystyrene glue, simple mistake to make when you use it all the time.

And it must be love for you to follow the "sweet" girl, she's probably not trying to kill you.





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I have made the same mistake using the wrong glue once or twice in the past as well Paolo.  Your build is a first rate job; I am almost ashame to post my work as it is the exact same kit.  I also enjoyed the outdoors photos.  Very beautiful scenery all around!



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thank you all! :wub:

Ernest, your model is doing great, but most of all it's benefiting from your daughter's attentions, which makes it super special regardless, in my opinion!


well, finally the main landing gear has found peace, and I have carried on the last things of this troubled model.

forgive the bad photos, but I'm in debt to sleep, in the next I hope to conclude and make decent ones.

one thing that didn't convince me was the red of the wheels. I got it back thanks to a friend's suggestion to use some Humbrol enamel, which luckily I had.

in this photo you can appreciate how different the red of the decal on the nose is, compared to the nose and the wheels ... patience, I don't think I want to intervene on the checkerboard.



another reason for disappointment, but it's only my fault, was discovering the Barracuda decals sheet dedicated to the P51 stencils only after closing the fuselage.

placing the decals later was... interesting. fortunately my childhood was marked by "the cheerful surgeon", and thanks to that I still have a fairly steady hand!



dragged by enthusiasm, I installed the last cockpit's internal parts and definitively positioned the canopy. even the last external parts have been fixed, such as antenna, navigation lights, etc.



now all it needs is some weathering and general harmonization.

and a base, of course.

I am trying also to get the Nino Pizzichemi's beautiful pilots sculptures dedicated to P51, but at the moment I have not succeeded.


cheers, Paolo

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  • 2 weeks later...

Thanks to everyone, forgive the delay in answering, these are hectic days!

Ernest, the checkerboard it's not a work of me, it's just a decal!:whistle:


so, I would declare it finished, unless there are suggestions for further interventions.

I tried to take some pictures of the last details added at the end of the work, and they are worse than my usual ultra low standard.

but for the moment I'll put these on. then, if I can have a moment of peace, maybe...



look how sloppy I am, I haven't even positioned well the hatches of the weapons compartments.



the scratches, delimited by the bands of primer below, have a bizarre yield, but on the other hand if that were the real...

for the cockpit there is no way, it seems to me, to portray in a single shot all the knick-knacks that I threw in it, patience.


I have to say the transparent ones are very...transparent! maybe i should do some weathering to at least the windshield?



had we talked about the navigation lights? oh well, usually vacuform with a ball of fishing line underneath. maybe these came a little oversized, this time.



I added some bolts to the LG legs, managed to almost center the Browning's muzzle on the leading edge holes, added the hole for the camera gun missing in the kit, redone the attachments of the droppable tanks, along with the pipes and rods.

mmmmh, and I have to re-dirty the tires around the rims, I guess.



on the belly I kept light. maybe too much light.



in short, it wasn't the relaxation kit I wanted, but in the end something acceptable came out, I would say.

apart from a little difficulty in cold starts.



okay, no more ugly photos.



for the base I thought at a PSP surface, maybe good as a set for other allied aircraft, I also got the necessary, but I didn't have the time or the ability to think about it.

what else to say... the deadline for this group build is so far away, maybe I may add a subject to it?



cheers, Paolo



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