[quote. As for unusual? This P51 is straight outta the box.
I think the gloss coat killed most of the variation though. quote]
JP, if that P-51 is OOB, that's fantastic. I don't have one of those in the stash.
As far as gloss coat goes, it seems to cover and hide alot of your hard work. Aside from being a protector, it disquises the mistakes one makes, and removes from the effect one is trying to create. So theres good and bad in it.
For my model, I used 'Future' as a topcoat to protect the finish and decals. Final covering was Testors Dull Coat, sprayed on with an HP-C. In my opinion, the results are quite satisfactory, although I was bonused to see my heavy weathering was hidden somewhat. To me, that was helpful in hideing my heavy handwork in overweathering, but, my efforts in a wash disappeared.
I'm nearly done, and I'm waiting for glue and paint to dry, and tommorrows daylight so I can take some photos.
I'm not an experienced modeler, but, with life and five children, I do try. The wife is in the Philippines enjoying the sun, and I got back last week from 920km north of here. I can assure you that ell is froze over.