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john41492
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 03:30 PM GMT+7
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
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 01:10 PM GMT+7
I just found this formula for a home made acrylic retarder.

5:1 mix of water (5) to Glycerin (1)

Has anyone tried it?

Bob
Pave-Hawk
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Western Australia, Australia
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Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 06:15 PM GMT+7
Few little details to add to my spitfire and I can hopefully get some completion photos up in the next week.

Also trying to add some of the photoetch that I wasn't game to attempt on my CBI spit.
goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
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Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 04:14 AM GMT+7
LOL!
Didn't know that either...

...funny sideshow, thanks guys!

Very nice and neat work on the stripes 'n nose, Michael. Like the shade oft the silver - looks flawless.

Thomas
Bigrip74
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Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 03:24 AM GMT+7

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Ding, got it! Blue Nosed Birds of Bodney, otherwise known as the 352nd Fighter Group. Do I win anything?

Yep, it's 352nd alright. George Preddy's Cripes A Mighty 3rd, considered by at least some sources the highest scoring Mustang of all.

Michael



YEP! that's it. Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney Ive got some 1/48 p-51 kits you could choose from.
MichaelSatin
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 01:34 AM GMT+7
Ding, got it! Blue Nosed Birds of Bodney, otherwise known as the 352nd Fighter Group. Do I win anything?

Yep, it's 352nd alright. George Preddy's Cripes A Mighty 3rd, considered by at least some sources the highest scoring Mustang of all.

Michael
john41492
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 12:53 AM GMT+7
Oh Oh Oh!!!

The acronym game! Can I play too?

Bright Nasty Bludgeoners of Berliners?

Blue Nosed Bringer of Bullets?

MichaelSatin
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Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 12:26 AM GMT+7

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Michael, it will be a BNBOB?

Bob


OK Bob, you've stumped me. What does BNBOB stand for?

Michael
Bigrip74
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 02:03 PM GMT+7
Michael, it will be a BNBOB?

Bob
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 01:41 PM GMT+7
And so, some progress on the 1/32 Tamiya P-51D Cripes A Mighty 3rd. A little color on the bird:





As previously mentioned in this very thread, D-Day stripes are a pain. But I think these turned out OK. Good enough for me, anyway. And I did see the smudge on the upper port wing. It's taken care of now.

Michael
Bigrip74
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Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 09:06 AM GMT+7
Raj, great job on the 109
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 09:00 AM GMT+7
Bob: Great looking Mustang! Congratulation on this one.

John: Wow, aligning this beast seems to be a painful. Respect to Your patience!

Raj: Very nicely detailed 109. Camo is spot on!

Michael: Silver looks good. To my mind, most silver finishes look too shiny.

Oliver
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 03:16 AM GMT+7

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Michael and John: Good to see your progress, very fine work! And as Michael gave generously a (absolutely unselfish) one month extension it's nice to expect some more finished birds.
Thomas



I resemble that remark!

Nice work indeed, Raj!

Michael
iflytb20
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Kerala, India / भारत
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 09:25 PM GMT+7
Clayton
Thank you for your kind words

John
Thanks. The bench looks clean as I have just finished my annual cleaning. Just give a month an I'll dirty it up

Thomas
Thanks. I'm finally figuring out how to use my airbrush properly
goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 07:52 PM GMT+7
Michael and John: Good to see your progress, very fine work! And as Michael gave generously a (absolutely unselfish) one month extension it's nice to expect some more finished birds.
Thomas
goodn8
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 07:44 PM GMT+7
Bob: Very well done P-51 and congrats for finishing! Great efforts on your paint job - the stripes look very fine. Nice weathering too. Beautiful build.
Thomas
goodn8
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 07:38 PM GMT+7
Indeed nice paint, camo and mottling job and a good looking pit on "Assi" Hahn's 109-replica.
Very well matching.
Thomas
john41492
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 02:58 PM GMT+7
Raj,

I really like the 109! Clean and nice mottle effect. Speaking of clean, your work area is one of the cleanest I've seen lately!!

Onto my second coat of putty...

John
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 06:36 AM GMT+7
Very nice, clean work, and the mottling looks fine!
iflytb20
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Kerala, India / भारत
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Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:29 PM GMT+7
Been a while since I posted an update on my campaign entry. Thanks to my laptop going kaput I've managed to get a lot of free time on the workbench. These picture prove it





Cockpit section. I went for the PE instrument panel over the plastic + decal option.



Camo work. My first time trying a freehand mottling. Hope it look all right.



This is how far I've reached. Finished those pesky decals. Next, a clear coat to seal it in and then the weathering. Hope to finish it over the weekend.

Thanks for watching. Cheers
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 02:18 AM GMT+7
Excellent, I think my C-47 is back in the game with that! Thanks!
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 01:45 AM GMT+7
John,

I feel your pain. I do love me the P-38, but I have yet to find a kit that's easy to assemble. Probably why Tamiya hasn't done one, no way they could live up to their reputation on that one.

Executive decision time: one month extension hereby granted. But that's it, so get to work (he said to himself)!

Michael
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 01:40 AM GMT+7
I can think of worse ways to fill up a day, John! You're doing a great patient job there!
Bigrip74
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Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 04:16 PM GMT+7
John, I have the HOBBY BOSS P-38 and the top to bottom assembly is great.

Bob
john41492
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 03:34 PM GMT+7
Bob,

You're most welcome. On first pass I didn't think it would work too well, but turns out it did quite well. I think it will really help on the Hasegawa kit, as the booms look a bit more flimsy on that kit!

John