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6 years 8 months ago - 6 years 6 months ago #1 by IAN
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Not too complicated, but I always really liked this scheme and this will be the second time that I've attempted it, originally I had a go with a Monogram P-51B back in the late 1980's.... So here's the raw materials:

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And a quick shot of some of my P-51 references that I've gathered over the years:

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Again I'll be building this to go in the 'Normandy' Campaign at Modelers Alliance. What you cannot see in the pics (because I forgot to take them out of the bag), are the Eduard Zoom set and Ultracast wheels & exhausts, I think you can just about see the old MicroScale sheet I'll be using which was 'new' when I last built this model. Should be cutting plastic later this week.

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6 years 8 months ago #2 by Bishop
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Another interesting build coming up.

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6 years 8 months ago #3 by Andrew
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Nice B) not a very common variant seen built as a model. Everyone tends to do the D version

It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.
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6 years 8 months ago #4 by Tiger
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Nice Ian
Looking forward to seeing this come together :)
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6 years 8 months ago #5 by Wally
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Me too!

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6 years 8 months ago #6 by jimmy07
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Sweet! This bird looks very nice I reckon, can't wait to see some more :)
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6 years 8 months ago #7 by Kiwimav
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me too

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6 years 7 months ago - 6 years 7 months ago #8 by IAN
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OK, with the Jag finished and sitting happily in the cabinet, time to get this one to the bench. Having built a few of these kits over the years I know that there isn't too much to see once the cockpit is done. As I'm using the Eduard Zoom set for the IP, sidewalls and belts, I'll be sanding and carving the details off before shooting some paint. I'll get some pics done once the 'etch' is all in place.








Found this photo QP*J - interesting the care that's been taken masking and applying the stripes around the star and squadron codes.



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6 years 7 months ago #9 by 1/35th Battalion
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Nice addition to the GB Ian. :cheer: I need to rattle me dags and get back to my own bench me thinks. Times a tickin', tickin' away . . .
Happy building . . .

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6 years 7 months ago - 6 years 7 months ago #10 by Gary
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Where did you go then?
Ah crap I forgot to reply to your PM Dave sorry mate :blush:



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6 years 7 months ago #11 by 1/35th Battalion
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Gary wrote: Where did you go then?
Ah crap I forgot to reply to your PM Dave sorry mate :blush:


Well firstly, I hadn't been around here for a while. Doctor said ease the stress, so I took a break from a whole bunch of everything . . . :P Including here and my work bench.
And yeah, regards my PM on Monday, too damn late now mate . . . :lol: Actually it's not. If you can provide the info I was after that would be flammin' awesome Ta . . .

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Ian, Sorry for jumpin' all over your thread. I look forward to seeing that bird landing . . .

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6 years 7 months ago - 6 years 7 months ago #12 by IAN
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Thanks for all the comments, chaps. Don't worry bout 'thread-jacking', D1, I'm very guilty of it too !! :whistle: - So I grabbed a couple of hours at the bench this a'noon and this sort of 'happened'...

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What you see here is simply base colours with the Eduard Zoom set in place (love these, jus' luvvem :blush: ). weathering at this stage, will start that next week. Interesting tonal difference between the fuel cell (50/50 Tamiya Red Brown & Matt Black) and the cockpit floor (Tamiya Matt Black straight from the jar). I use the brown/black colour for tyres, invasion stripes etc... hardly ever use straight matt black.

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6 years 7 months ago #13 by Bishop
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Very nice details, wow.

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6 years 7 months ago #14 by Tiger
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Nice Ian. Looks great :)
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6 years 7 months ago #15 by IAN
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Managed to get a couple of hours at the bench after my chores this morning. In no particular order, I got this lot done:

Dry-brushed the cockpit internals with a lightened mix of the original cockpit green.

Sprayed various items with Tamiya glossy black in preparation for Alclad lacquer later on, (undercarriage legs, inside of gear doors etc, etc.). Also sprayed prop blades.

Painted tray and radio – will detail the radio later with some wire.

Sprayed the seat – I wasn’t happy with the same cockpit green as the rest of the insides.

Doesn’t sound like much but it was surprising how much time all this ‘little stuff’ managed to eat-up. Not worth taking any photos, so will put the camera to one side until I’ve oil-washed the insides added the belts & seat etc.

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6 years 7 months ago #16 by IAN
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Been movin' this along over the last few days. First I shot some Alclad onto the 'metal' bits:

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Then took a deep breath and weathered the insides of the pit - just a dirty oil wash into the recesses followed by a little dry-brushing of the highlights - 'old skool' I think it's called nowadays. I also added the Eduard pre-painted seat harness from the Zoom set:

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More in a minute, stay tuned :v

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6 years 7 months ago #17 by IAN
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A little black oil wash into the radiators made the detail 'pop':

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...followed by a little careful brush painting in the wheel bays:

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Feeling pretty pleased with my little self I put it to one side ready for final assembly. Hang-on there, don't go, got a little more to show you !!

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6 years 7 months ago #18 by IAN
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Most folks here will know that these Tamiya P-51 are just about the best cure for AMS that anyone could wish for, they really do build themselves... (Editorial disclaimer - Tamiya models do not actually build themselves, some human intervention is required). Nevertheless the construction from here-on-in was/is so straightforward as to not require any comment.

When I got to the bench this morning I was at this point:

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All built with the very minimum of filling and sanding needed. Once that was done and the plastic polished with nothing more than elbow grease and an old piece of t-shirt, I assaulted it with some Tamiya grey primer straight from the rattle-can:

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And this is where it will stay until after the weekend. Next-up... Pre-shading !!

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6 years 7 months ago #19 by Andrew
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Looking good Ian :)

What have you used to mask off the wheel wells?

It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.
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6 years 7 months ago #20 by IAN
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Andrew wrote: What have you used to mask off the wheel wells?


...erm, the gear doors :pinch:

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6 years 6 months ago #21 by Andrew
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IAN wrote:

Andrew wrote: What have you used to mask off the wheel wells?


...erm, the gear doors :pinch:

Ian


:lol: I thought it was, just wanted to make sure B)

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6 years 6 months ago #22 by Dangermouse84
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Very nice Ian. Got to give the ALclad stuff a try one day soon.

Slow is steady, steady is fast
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6 years 6 months ago #23 by IAN
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Dangermouse84 wrote: Very nice Ian. Got to give the ALclad stuff a try one day soon.


Thanks DM (and everybody else) - When you're ready to try give me a shout, I'd be happy to walk you through my Alclad 'learning experience' if you want :blink:

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6 years 6 months ago #24 by Wally
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Looks good Ian.
I really like the cockpit. I'm a big fan of "old skool" cockpit techniques.
Coming along very nicely indeed.

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6 years 6 months ago #25 by IAN
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Pre-Shading done:

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On the topsides I've used Tamiya acrylic 'Panzer Grey' and 'Chromate Yellow' on the underside Tamiya acrylic 'Field Grey'. The control surfaces are all my 'dirty black' home brewed mix. To get the nice neat lines that I was after I simply removed the diffuser tip from the brush... Great 'cheat' that I might have learned from one of the guys on the 'What If' site some time back who uses the same Iwata Revolution brush.

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Leaving this to dry for a day or so, then will mask/spray the white for the invasion stripes etc. Stay tuned.

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6 years 6 months ago #26 by IAN
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So following from the last update, next step was to spray all the white areas including the ID stripes on the stabilisers that (in-turn) would be over-painted with OD, and the nose & fin which would ultimately be over-painted in red.

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Stay tuned, more in a min....

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6 years 6 months ago #27 by IAN
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I'd decided late-on, that I'd be using enamels for the OD/Neutral Grey instead of the Tamiya acrylics I’d used on my similar D-Day P-47 from a couple of months back.

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This time I allowed the pre-shading to recede into the overall tone a little more than on the P-47. It's difficult to make-out, but you can see it in the close-ups. If you squint at the stabilisers, you'll see the overpainted ID stripes too and the 'faded' OD on the fabric covered control surfaces.

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In these last couple of pics, I've also sealed everything with a coat of Klear/Future. The hardest part of this project so far has been trying to paint the invasion stripes so they look like they were applied in a hurry but NOT like this is a badly painted model. Not certain this has worked, so whatever comments you'd like to make, I'd be happy to hear.

Next I'll add some chipping and paint-wear as it appears in the photo I posted a couple of weeks ago, then decals and a little more weathering. Stay tuned.

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6 years 6 months ago #28 by johnsnz
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Looks good. Nice to see some progress images....

That Iwata looks a lot like my Tamiya HG ... So I shall use that tip

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6 years 6 months ago #29 by Wally
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Ian, now that I am aware invasion stripes were hurriedly brush painted (and also painted around the existing markings as far as I know) I would be more inclined to notice if they were 'decal' perfect.
Yours look excellent in my opinion with some slightly rough edges plus here-and-there some very slight differences in width. All very much in-scale I reckon.
Looking real good this bird.
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6 years 6 months ago #30 by Gary
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Yeah what he said mate, looks good, I like the pre highlighting technique you've used I'm going to give it a go on something I'm building now.
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