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john41492
#442
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Malacca, Malaysia
Joined: July 20, 2015
KitMaker: 363 posts
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Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 08:30 AM UTC
Hi all,

Itís time for another update. A big thanks to Michael for extending the deadline, as I donít think Iíd of made it otherwise. Also your Mustang is looking nice!

Last time I updated was at the start of a lot of sanding, putty and more of the same. For the most part it still continues, a lot of good progress has been made. So much so that I pulled out the Testors silver and checked all the seams for cracks and the like. Not as bad as I thought, and now itís easier to see what else is left. For now I started on the port wing and am moving over to the starboard. Of note, the workload now is much easier, almost like a well fitting kit!



I can say that this kit is better than the Monogram one due to, according my references, their recessed panel lines, a bright spot in the kit design. Another would be the different variants that can be done. I picked mine up on e-bay for 21.00 USD delivered, so not a bad deal. An even better deal if you donít mind the fit issues. Be warned that there are some pretty big gaps under the wings (about 3 mm) where there is no plastic to plastic contact at all. In hindsight, I think a better dry fitting on my part could have helped. Although my chief concern was the alignment, which is really paying off. This is one sturdy and aligned monster. On my next P-38 Iíll focus on the dry fitting a bit more, the design is more forgiving than I recall, though itís been 20+ years for me!

While all the muscle building was going on, I took breaks to work on the nose. I got some plastic card and painted one side flat black and cut to be a backdrop for the camera ports. I then cleaned up the side port glass and dipped them in future. I then glued them in place with superglue and got some minor crazing, which I found a bit unusual for me, as the future usually does a good job at preventing it. Itís noticeable up close, and Iím going to have to live with it.

Next I removed part of the internal frame I think that are supposed to be the front of the nose wheel well. Wheels up, no need! Knowing the mast was doomed if it remained in place I cut it off and put it aside for safe keeping.



I glued the nose halves together and worked on the seams. Learning from before about dry fitting, I did some, and found the nose was a bit narrow. So I added a cut toothpick to act as a spreader bar. The fit is much better, and once done with the airframe Iíll make the attachment. Of course when I installed the spreader bar, the seam on the top of the nose reopened, sighÖ I also added some black painted card go behind the ventral port openings as well.



Note the kit supplied glass to the right. There seems to be what I thought were mold seams but on closer inspection might be an attempt at mimicking camera lenses. Regardless, itís not how they looked, so they will go into the despair box.

I then got some clear plastic card and cut it to shape for the underside camera ports. These are 3 x 4 mm each, and really challenging to dry fit. At this point Iím still debating putting them in now, or after the paint job. Any help in making the call is much appreciated.



Once the nose is mounted and the area cleaned I can attach the canopy, and re-scribe lost panel lines. Then finally begin to paint this rough diamond. More to follow soon, thanks for reading.

John
Pave-Hawk
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Western Australia, Australia
Joined: May 05, 2006
KitMaker: 900 posts
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Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 12:48 PM UTC
I am done!

451 SQN, France, September 1944






Images have been uploaded to the campaign gallery.
iflytb20
#501
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Kerala, India / भारत
Joined: August 25, 2009
KitMaker: 292 posts
AeroScale: 194 posts
Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 12:52 PM UTC
Calling it a day









Thanks a lot for a wonderful campaign. This is my first Luftwaffle build in more than a year and I enjoyed it thoroughly. See you all in the next one.

Cheers
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
Joined: February 22, 2008
KitMaker: 5,026 posts
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Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 05:47 PM UTC
@Lain: great job on the Spitfire.

@Raf: another good looking 109.

@John: the P-38 is coming along nicely.

Bob
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
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Georgia, United States
Joined: July 10, 2016
KitMaker: 1,273 posts
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Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 12:02 AM UTC
A couple of great birds, guys, very nice work!
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
Joined: January 19, 2008
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Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 04:25 AM UTC
Wow, nice work Raj and Iain! And keep at it John, you're getting there!

Got some stickers on the Tamiya 1/32 P-51. Both sides and the bottom. The topside will have to wait until next week.







So far, I'm not unhappy with how it's turning out.

Michael
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 05:57 PM UTC
Yes, it's looking very sharp, Michael!
bomber14
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New Jersey, United States
Joined: February 02, 2015
KitMaker: 330 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 10:06 PM UTC
well i'm done with my FAA Corsair. just have to chose a hosting sit to use.
i will try to get photos posted soon.

joe
bomber14
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 07:36 AM UTC
well, it wasn't one of my favorite builds but at least i got to test out a new trick for me. i used this build to try using the blue tack ropes to do the camo. i liked the results, it was easy if not a bit time consuming and awkward masking the areas between the blue tack.
i intended to make my own prop blur out of clear plastic and airbrush but cutting the blades off is easier.



[imgGEDC3115 by joe bombace, on Flickr][/img]
photos have been posted in the gallery


joe
Pave-Hawk
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Western Australia, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 08:19 AM UTC
That's looking pretty good Joe
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 09:15 PM UTC

Quoted Text

That's looking pretty good Joe



"DITTO" she is looking good Joe.

Michael, cant wait to see your BNBOB bird all dressed up.

Bob
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 09:33 PM UTC
Very nice, Joe!

Bob, not quite done yet but all the decals are on and sealed and the masking removed. Now for the fiddly easy-to-break-off bits!



Michael
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 11:37 PM UTC
A paint finish worthy of your name, Michael!
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:26 AM UTC

Quoted Text

A paint finish worthy of your name, Michael!






Michael
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 03:02 AM UTC
Well, here she is. The Tamiya P-51D Mustang in the markings of Major George Preddy, 487th FS, 352nd FG, late August, 1944. Considered to be the highest scoring Mustang flown by the highest scoring Mustang ace.





More pics in the gallery.

Now bring on that F6F!

Michael
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
Joined: February 22, 2008
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Posted: Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 05:38 AM UTC
Michael, the cockpit makes me want to run and hide. NICE JOB

Bob
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
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Posted: Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 12:50 PM UTC
Iain: Congrats to Your Spitfire! Looks good!!

Raj: Flawless 109. Great job!

Bob: Nicely done paint job! Blue tack worked well.

Michael: Beautiful Mustang! I really like the shiny finish. Will have to do an NMF on a bird once again.

Oliver
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 05:18 PM UTC
Some awesome looking wingthings here!!
goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
Joined: October 12, 2008
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 12:30 AM UTC
Michael:
The final result is beautifully done!
Glad You've found time to finish - congrats
Great bird, cool shape, clean & neat paint job as a real 'Cadillac of the Skies'.
Although not my scale since back to the hobby, but sure I have to get any ot Tamiya's 1/32 kits.
Could you post a pic with something aside to show the scale?
Just curious on how much space I need...

Thomas
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: May 11, 2015
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 01:41 AM UTC
Michael, that's one beautiful Mustang, congrats!
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 02:50 AM UTC
Thanks everyone! Typical Tamiya, easy to make look good!

Thomas, not sure what your preferred scale is but here's the 1/32 P-51D next to an Eduard 1/48 F6F-3. if that helps.



Michael
SpeedyJ
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Bangkok, Thailand / ไทย
Joined: September 17, 2013
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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 08:08 AM UTC
Hi. Despite a one month extra building time, I will not finish my Fokker. Lost my interest in the build. Will pick it up some day, don't know when.

Kind regards,

Robert Jan
MichaelSatin
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 07:01 PM UTC
Sorry to hear that Robert Jan, but I know how that goes.

About 10 days left everyone, get cracking!

Michael
john41492
#442
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Malacca, Malaysia
Joined: July 20, 2015
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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 08:02 AM UTC
Hi All,

Itís been way too long since an update. So at last check I was being optimistic about how the nose and canopy would go on and life would be wonderful. Well life has been wonderful, this build on the other hand has taken all the enthusiasm points allowed for this kit and some from an unnamed build later! Fit would be my criticism.

Enough whining, I did attach the nose and proceeded to fill all the joins, including the joins that didnít quite join. Then I started to fit the canopy again. After removing more of the bottom I was able to get a mediocre fit, and using Mr. Surfacer 500 and 1200 was able to remove most of the gaps. There still remains a seam between the canopy and the nose that just wonít come out, so it will be a panel.



Once all this was done I gave it a coat of Tamiya gloss black to act as a primer and a base for the PRU blue.



Apparently, the model gods werenít happy with this thing either, as mid-way through the underside painting a huge thunderstorm came putting an end to the paintingÖ



Finally I was able to finish the overall blue scheme! It does look like a P-38!



Iím doing the decals now, and some minor weathering, then this thing is going on a stand.
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 05:38 PM UTC
Very nice work wrestling that thing to the ground, John!

Michael