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Eduard 1/48th P-51D-5 Mustang build
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 12:40 PM UTC


..looks great!
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 09:26 PM UTC
Hi Andy

Wow! That looks fantastic! I'm really impressed by how well the decals have snuggled into the panel lines. Did you use any decal solution?

I'm really looking forward to building one of these at some point!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 12:19 PM UTC
Hello, Andy!

A FINE JOB!!! Congratulations on a project WELL DONE!!!

Just as an "end note" mainly for the people who have been tuned in to this thread-

EDUARD will be releasing a P-51D-10 as a companion kit to this one; there has been some talk that the upcoming D-10 may very well be a "ROYAL CLASS" Special Edition. I think EDUARD would do well for themselves if they made regular production runs of the D-5, the D-10, and some earlier P-51-types, namely the Allison-Engined P-51, P-51A, A-36A, F-6 Photo Recce-type, and the RAF Mustang Mks. I, II, III, IV, and a P-51B/C, to round things out.

CHEERS!!!
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 09:06 AM UTC
Finished.
What a great kit, even for me who has little interest in the P-51, this is a superb model, easy to build, well engineered, and a joy to build.
This has to be the kit of the year, and if you have any interest in the Mustang then you must have this kit.






Thankyou all for commenting and watching.
Andy
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 07:52 AM UTC
Hi again Andy

Barring last minute set-backs, you're looking odds-on to finish this beauty this weekend! A shade over a week from start to finish for such a fine build, with a weekend lost to go to a model show - that's amazing! I'd probably still be umming and ahhing over where to make a start!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 - 01:20 PM UTC

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Nice one Andy!

It's looking excellent!

All the best

Rowan


Thanks Rowan.

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Hi, Andy!

Ahaaaa! Lt. Irving Briedeker's '51 of the 364FS, 357thFG..!

It'll be interesting to see how your build comes along. Just want to mention that many US Fighters in the European Theatre were waxed and polished in order to get every extra ounce of speed out of them. That means a semi-glossy to glossy finish for some of these aircraft...

Looks GOOD, Andy!!!


Thanks Dennis.
Probably going to weather mine a little, as I think any aircraft in camo and glossy tends to look toyish.

Anyway decals are on, including the stencils, of which most of them you can't see .

Andy



Hi, Andy!

Oh, I didn't mean for you to make your '51 look glossy, unless you might have considered that choice- I was only sharing a bit of information as a "general" thing. Other modelers might have thought about it, too...

Bear with me, Friends- When I write, I try to impart a feeling of "having a friendly conversation" with everyone...

Of course, the US OD paint being a dead-flat lusterless paint, the shine from the wax didn't stay glossy for very long. Actually, the "finish" was more of a "satin"-look, rather than a "high gloss', as seen on toys and brand-new 2019 cars. Crew Chiefs and Mechanics were pretty busy with other "priorities", so the waxing didn't happen on a "daily"-basis, I'm sure.

If you should have the time to check a few photos of the 357th Fighter Group's P-51s, you'll see that there was a high incidence of "chipping" and wear on their aircraft. This was because the OD and Neutral Gray paints were applied to their aircraft without PRIMING the metal skins before applying the camouflage paints in their combat theatre. I do know that normal maintenance of the 357th's airplanes was done at night, and lot of this painting and stripping with the change of seasons was usually done OVER-NIGHT after the regular maintenance was done, which must have made for some pretty tired Crew Chiefs and Mechanics the next day...

On another note, American 56th Fighter Group P-47 Ace, Robert S. Johnson's Crew Chief and Mechanics waxed and polished his various P-47s, but I don't know how regular this practice was. To quote from Bob Johnson's book "Thunderbolt", the airplane was sanded smooth, polished and waxed "until it shone like a new car". The book is a very interesting and wonderful account of what American Fighter Pilots went through, upon arriving in the U.K. The 56th's Pilots were mostly inexperienced, with very few of them having flown combat. RAF Pilots imparted as much of their experience as possible, but the "Yanks" still had to learn a lot on their own...

So there's glossy paint info, for what it's worth, anyway...

Your "Pony" is turning out VERY NICELY!!!

PS- I've received news today from my seller that my two kits should be arriving at their store any time now. So hopefully, I could be seeing them as soon as a few weeks from now. I requested "Standard Mail", which was about $13.00 USD less than "Priority". I'm a patient fella, so the "suspense" is really non-existent for me...
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Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 - 09:57 AM UTC

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Nice one Andy!

It's looking excellent!

All the best

Rowan


Thanks Rowan.

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Hi, Andy!

Ahaaaa! Lt. Irving Briedeker's '51 of the 364FS, 357thFG..!

It'll be interesting to see how your build comes along. Just want to mention that many US Fighters in the European Theatre were waxed and polished in order to get every extra ounce of speed out of them. That means a semi-glossy to glossy finish for some of these aircraft...

Looks GOOD, Andy!!!


Thanks Dennis.
Probably going to weather mine a little, as I think any aircraft in camo and glossy tends to look toyish.

Anyway decals are on, including the stencils, of which most of them you can't see .

Andy
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 10:53 PM UTC

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Nice one Andy!

It's looking excellent!

All the best

Rowan



Hello, Rowan!

Just stopped by the "What The Postman Brought Today" thread and noticed that you'd picked up the new TAMIYA (61119) Spitfire Mk.I kit! That kit is just amazing! You'll have fun with that one!!!

Sorry, Andy- I really didn't mean to "hijack" your thread... Have you had the opportunity to build that new TAMIYA "Spit" yet?

So, back "on-topic", again- EDUARD has also released a new 1/48 "LooK" Instrument Panel for their new '51. I plan to buy a couple of these, pending hopefully-"possible" EDUARD "BIG SIN" or BRASSIN" multi-media update sets for my kits. I'll be holding off on building my two kits, based on these hopes...

That Mustang of yours seems to be coming along "swimmingly"!!!
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 10:38 PM UTC
Hi, Andy!

Ahaaaa! Lt. Irving Briedeker's '51 of the 364FS, 357thFG..!

It'll be interesting to see how your build comes along. Just want to mention that many US Fighters in the European Theatre were waxed and polished in order to get every extra ounce of speed out of them. That means a semi-glossy to glossy finish for some of these aircraft...

Looks GOOD, Andy!!!
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 08:38 PM UTC
Nice one Andy!

It's looking excellent!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 07:05 PM UTC
Instrument panel, which is made up of a blank plastic panel part, and several P.E parts. Sorry about the pic, but I did take it at a model show, where the light wasn't the greatest.

Colour scheme applied, which does give away what scheme I am doing lol.





Next up is the decals.
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 10:57 AM UTC


Works for me!
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 07:28 AM UTC

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She's lookin' GOOD, Andy!!!

THANK YOU!!!

Have you decided which one of the six "ponies" you're going to build with the kit-supplied decals, or have you got something else in mind..?


Thanks Dennis.
Yep I have decided which of the kits schemes I will do, but its a surprise for the next update .
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 07:23 AM UTC


She's lookin' GOOD, Andy!!!

THANK YOU!!!

Have you decided which one of the six "ponies" you're going to build with the kit-supplied decals, or have you got something else in mind..?
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 06:09 AM UTC
Well as I haven't updated the blog for a couple of days I thought I had better upload some more pics.
Undercarriage bay fitted into the lower wing, great fit with only a little jiggling about.

Tail assembly done, no probs here at all.

Wings and fuselage mated, very little gap on the wing root.


Next up is spraying the main colour.
Andy
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 09:54 PM UTC

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How common was an OD camouflaged P-51D in April 45? AFAIK the general directive to abandon camouflaging was given in late 43 - early 44.



If you are referring to the P-51D in EDUARD's Instruction sheets, the 357th Fighter Group tended to camouflage their aircraft according to the changes of the seasons; camouflage of RAF Dark Green or US Olive Drab were commonly seen from the Spring to early-Winter, right up to the end of the War in Europe.

In the Pacific and the CBI (China, Burma, India), camouflage on P-51s was generally seen in the CBI, although late in the War, the camouflage was no longer needed. P-51s operating from Iwo Jima and later-occupied bases in the Pacific were generally un-adorned with camouflage because of Allied Air Supremacy, and were left in their "Natural-Metal" and Silver Lacquer-painted state...
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 06:20 PM UTC
How common was an OD camouflaged P-51D in April 45? AFAIK the general directive to abandon camouflaging was given in late 43 - early 44.
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Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 10:01 PM UTC

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By the way, that "lump" is an Oil Breather/Over-flow Outlet...

There should be a "hole" in approximately the same place in the Right Forward Fuselage-half. If you check wartime photos of P-51s in action, you'd see a trail of oil making its way back towards the Tail from being exposed to the slipstream of the airplane. Interestingly, this trail of oil follows the airflow of the Laminar-Flow Wing designed into all P-51s...


Thanks Dennis, knew it was that really, but had a brain fart and couldn't think what it was lol.
Yep just checked and there is a hole on the other side.

Undercarriage bay built, a little bit fiddly but very well detailed.


Next up, is making it look like a plane, by attaching the wings, and tail assembly.
Andy



Hello, Andy and Everyone Else!

Really LOVE the looks of that Landing Gear Bay! There is NO need for an after-market Landing Gear Bay needed here! The only extra detailing I'll be adding to my Landing Gear Bay(s) is a little bit of "obvious" plumbing...

In the meantime, for those of your who are a little bit curious, there is an "in-depth" review with accompanying photos over on "HYPERSCALE", this morning. Brett Green has said in his review that this new EDUARD P-51D's textures, attention to Interior detail and Surface details have to be the finest he's ever seen- Even better than EDUARD's latest 1/48 Fw.190 kits...

Not to say that Andy isn't giving us a GREAT "blow-by-blow" build-review here on AEROSCALE! KUDOS, Andy!

I'm really liking what I'm seeing! I've emailed my seller as to the status of my two "pre-ordered" kits; he says I should probably see them by the end of this month... Happy Days!!!
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Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 06:55 PM UTC

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By the way, that "lump" is an Oil Breather/Over-flow Outlet...

There should be a "hole" in approximately the same place in the Right Forward Fuselage-half. If you check wartime photos of P-51s in action, you'd see a trail of oil making its way back towards the Tail from being exposed to the slipstream of the airplane. Interestingly, this trail of oil follows the airflow of the Laminar-Flow Wing designed into all P-51s...


Thanks Dennis, knew it was that really, but had a brain fart and couldn't think what it was lol.
Yep just checked and there is a hole on the other side.

Undercarriage bay built, a little bit fiddly but very well detailed.


Next up, is making it look like a plane, by attaching the wings, and tail assembly.
Andy
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Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 03:52 AM UTC
Hello, All!



For those of you who may be interested-

I've just "pre-ordered" my new 1/48 TAMIYA P-38F/G Lightning at LUCKY MODELS this morning...

Brett Greene's "SQUADRON" 13-minute "in-box" video-review over at "HYPERSCALE" was the deciding factor, for me...
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 08:58 AM UTC

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Hi Andy

It's looking great. The placards on the side consoles really bring things to life, and I've got to say the oxygen hose is quite exceptionally well done for an injection moulding.


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There's a good chance that I will wait on starting to build my EDUARD P-51Ds, pending EDUARD's releasing BRASSIN and/or BIG SIN multi-media detail sets. That of course, is contingent on if EDUARD actually proceeds to do so.



Hi Dennis

I think we can almost guarantee they will. (In a way I'd love it if they didn't, because I've maybe unwisely signed up to review-build the beast further down the line with everything bar the kitchen sink thrown in. )

All the best

Rowan



CHEERS, Mate!
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 08:48 AM UTC

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Cockpit side walls are built, just need to dull coat them and weather them a bit.



All the parts for the internals added before the cockpit and fuselage are joined up.


Cockpit added.

One fuselage half needs a small panel filled, and a lump in the lower half removed, both are very easy to do.

Fuselage closed up, fit is exceptional, with very little seam work needed.

Andy



Hi, Andy!

Once again, Thanks for all of your efforts in bringing your project to the rest of us!

By the way, that "lump" is an Oil Breather/Over-flow Outlet...

There should be a "hole" in approximately the same place in the Right Forward Fuselage-half. If you check wartime photos of P-51s in action, you'd see a trail of oil making its way back towards the Tail from being exposed to the slipstream of the airplane. Interestingly, this trail of oil follows the airflow of the Laminar-Flow Wing designed into all P-51s...

Many P-51s even had a small "J"-shaped pipe or a small length of hose stuck into this hole, in order to keep too much oil from accumulating on the Fuselage sides...

Please be aware that I'm not "picking"; just trying to be helpful, is all...
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 07:18 AM UTC
Hi Andy

It's looking great. The placards on the side consoles really bring things to life, and I've got to say the oxygen hose is quite exceptionally well done for an injection moulding.


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There's a good chance that I will wait on starting to build my EDUARD P-51Ds, pending EDUARD's releasing BRASSIN and/or BIG SIN multi-media detail sets. That of course, is contingent on if EDUARD actually proceeds to do so.



Hi Dennis

I think we can almost guarantee they will. (In a way I'd love it if they didn't, because I've maybe unwisely signed up to review-build the beast further down the line with everything bar the kitchen sink thrown in. )

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 03:17 AM UTC

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So far the kit has awesome detail ! It's like a mini 32 scale Tamiya mustang .
Nice work on the painting up the pit and getting the halves closed up . One really doesn't have to add much for details in the pit . Looking forward to your next up-date .



Terri



Hi, Terri and Everyone Else!

Well, you see..? There are different schools of thought as far as the details in the Cockpit, etc are concerned. Even though my scale for aircraft kits is 1/48, I like to detail many of my Aircraft with their Cockpits as shown in the "open"-position. In other words, their Canopies are slid back, as in the cases of P-40s, Hellcats, Corsairs, P-51Ds, P-47s, Fw.190s, Dauntless', Avengers, Wildcats, etc or in the case of aircraft like the P-38, early P-51s/P-51As/A-36 etc through P-51C with the overhead Canopy Panel open and the Side Canopy Panel "open" as well. In the case of my latest TAMIYA Spitfire Mk.I, the Hood is slid back, and the Pilot's Door is folded "down", in its "open" position. P-39s have their very own "Car Doors", so the question with them is more or less moot.

All of that means is that I will detail my Cockpits to the "Nth"-degree, as far as including ANYTHING WHICH CAN BE SEEN through the open aperture of the Cockpit, without having to remove the Seats!

If I know a specific "detail-item" cannot be seen in this respect, I won't bother with it. There are enough modelers out there that will include such unseen details anyway; more power to 'em...

I will also detail the Engines of any Radial-Engined Aircraft as far back as possible, but no further back than the the "face" of the second row of Cylinders. I like to pose my 1/48 Aircraft as if they were "ready for flight", so that means NO open Engine Cowling Panels or Engine Access Panels for In-line Engined Aircraft, and NO open Gun Bay Doors, Radio Compartment Hatches, etc. I will also "detail-up" my Landing Gear Bays...

There's a good chance that I will wait on starting to build my EDUARD P-51Ds, pending EDUARD's releasing BRASSIN and/or BIG SIN multi-media detail sets. That of course, is contingent on if EDUARD actually proceeds to do so. If they do not, I MAY even resort to buying the some of the "boutique" sets which EDUARD specifically makes for the 1/48 AIRFIX P-51Ds, and then "adapting" certain of these parts to fit the EDUARD Mustang kit. Then again, if I see that the Cockpit parts are "good enough" in the kits themselves, I MAY dispense with buying all of that "extra stuff"...

Maybe I'm nuts, but that's just me...

I NEVER "look down my nose" at modelers who build their models "OOTB"... "To each, their own", as the saying goes...

VR, Dennis
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 12:08 AM UTC
So far the kit has awesome detail ! It's like a mini 32 scale Tamiya mustang .
Nice work on the painting up the pit and getting the halves closed up . One really doesn't have to add much for details in the pit . Looking forward to your next up-date .



Terri