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Tamiya P-51D "Petie 3rd" Complete!
Gunfighter
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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: September 03, 2004
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Posted: Monday, February 21, 2005 - 03:07 PM GMT
Hello all,

A couple of weeks back I posted some in-progress shots of my P-51D. Well, I actually finished it about a week ago, but then had to go out of town.

That being said, she finally makes her debut! The kit is a 1/48 Tamiya P-51D, done up with Aeromaster's "Blue Nose Bastards of Bodney" decals for "Petie 3rd". I've also added True Details wheels.

It was painted with Tamiya's Gloss Aluminum and Blue spray cans and various Tamiya, Model Master, & Polyscale acrylic paints. I've eschewed the "clean" build for the look of a plane that's seen some recent action.

As always, feedback is welcome!




cfbush2000
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North Dakota, United States
Joined: December 01, 2001
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Posted: Monday, February 21, 2005 - 03:14 PM GMT
Very nicely done Frank.

You have a great finish, I'm not sure I could do that with an air brush, let alone rattle cans. Great work!
Thanks for posting.

Chuck
newtothegame
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Washington, United States
Joined: October 05, 2003
KitMaker: 588 posts
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Posted: Monday, February 21, 2005 - 04:07 PM GMT
Looks great Frank! How did you get the blue nose so shiny?

Very nice build.
Leon
Gunfighter
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 12:22 AM GMT
Thanks guys! Your comments are very much appreciated!

As for the blue paint, the Tamiya blue from the rattle can is fairly glossy on its own. Prior to decaling, I did put down 2-3 light hand-brushed coats of Future. I put another 1-2 to seal in the decals, then weathered and coated in Future again. It was REALLY shiny at that point, too much so (but cool looking IMO).

The finish was then dulled down slightly with a hand-brushed coat of Model Master Semi Gloss coat. It may be still a bit too glossy, but I like it!
BigTon
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District of Columbia, United States
Joined: February 12, 2005
KitMaker: 102 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 03:50 AM GMT
Man, that pony was born to run...

Very nice job!
Bender
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Wyoming, United States
Joined: October 20, 2002
KitMaker: 323 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 06:12 AM GMT
WOW great work! beautiful paint, with spray cans even makes it better!!
what do you use for a camera? those pictures came out great.
Gunfighter
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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: September 03, 2004
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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 06:41 AM GMT
Hi Bender! Thanks for the compliments. I consider it very high praise given your awesome "Petie 3rd" build posted today!

The photos were taken with a Canon Digital Rebel, stock lens. I'm still learning my way around it, especially for taking photos of my model builds.
11Charlie
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Ohio, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 09:11 AM GMT
Frank,

Your bird looks fantastic! Really nice job you've done there. Makes me want to break mine out and start building her, but it must wait until another time....
Wad_ware
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Illinois, United States
Joined: September 09, 2002
KitMaker: 537 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 10:41 AM GMT
Looks great with the metal finish and another excellent contender for February model of the month.

Excellent modeling,
Wayne
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England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: September 30, 2002
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Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 09:07 AM GMT
Another great P-51, I must get mine built
Mal
PolarBear
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Skåne, Sweden
Joined: February 23, 2005
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Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 10:12 AM GMT
Very inspiring!
Gunfighter
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 12:59 PM GMT
As always, thanks for the compliments! It's nice to know that I've done something right!