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Mustang!

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History
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission for license-built Curtiss P-40 fighters. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed and first flew on 26 October.

The Mustang was originally designed to use the Allison V-1710 engine, which, in its earlier variants, had limited high-altitude performance. It was first flown operationally by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a tactical-reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bomber (Mustang Mk I). The addition of the Rolls-Royce Merlin to the P-51B/C model transformed the Mustang's performance at altitudes above 15,000 ft, matching or bettering that of the Luftwaffe's fighters.] The definitive version, the P-51D, was powered by the Packard V-1650-7, a license-built version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 66 two-stage two-speed supercharged engine, and was armed with six .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2/AN Browning machine guns. History swiped shamelessly from Wikipedia
The Build
Once equipped with the 32515 Placards set of Eduard, I started manufacturing our from the cockpit . Here the focus was on the construction of the wooden floor which was constructed from a wood adhesive tape.I added some details in the cabin area and some wiring in the area behind the pilot's seat , where the bulky radio aircraft stands.

I continued to strengthen the engine Packard V-1650 provides the kit , adding where necessary wiring, piping and details. Interventions have also been made in machine guns , ammunition box , landing gears, pilot seat, radio, sight , cowling rails. The typical antenna type F boomerang shape on the back of the fuselage , was easier than laminate . The flaps are given incomplete , as intended for release up. So I had to add plastic to the perfect length , since we wanted to present them lowered , while metal adhesive tape used for the representation of the unpainted surfaces. Riddle turned to place the visor in place, which we managed with the help of epoxy putty Millipout very grating, and patience.

Painting, Marks,The end
The particular variant Dessert Lifecolor painted with colors , after having sprayed the primer No. 1 Humbrol. The codes are as follows : UA 091 Dark Green, UA 412 Extra Dark Brown, UA 401 Tropical Tan, UA 060 Green, and UA 021 Light Grey on the lower part of the aircraft. The new type of fuel tank , metal rails engine , landing gear and tire rims stained with the ALC-106 White Aluminium of ALCLAD.Inside the cockpit and nests landing gear stained with UA 042 Chrome Yellow Lifecolor. Also used in the X-1 Black of Tamiya, for areas where stomped technicians .

The decals printed by us in Clear Decal Film, using an inkjet printer. Finally the model was sprayed with XF 86 Flat Clear matt varnish of Tamiya. Followed wash with Raw Umber of Winsor Newton.The beautiful tires kit soiled by MIG Pigments.

I hope you will like it!
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About the Author

About Christos Papadopoulos (chrispap)
FROM: THESSALONIKI, GREECE / Ελλάδα


Comments

Christos, That has to be the most interesting looking Mustang I have ever seen! Thank you for sharing. Gaz
AUG 05, 2016 - 11:11 AM
Another outstanding build of Tamiya's incredible P-51D. You're extra detailing as needed really makes quite a difference. I'll also 2nd what Gary said about the desert camo paint scheme. Not only haven't I ever seen one, but I can't find a desert scheme in American markings, just British Mustangs at this point. Could you provide us with some more information on the aircraft you've modeled. Joel
AUG 05, 2016 - 11:42 PM
I found this book online with same paint job.
AUG 06, 2016 - 12:37 AM
Christos, once again just a stunning finish. Joel, this will be a Guatemalan Air Force Pony, judging by the blue star with the blue center for the insignia. Best wishes, Ian
AUG 06, 2016 - 01:02 AM
this is dedicated to the guatemalan air force.
AUG 06, 2016 - 03:17 AM
Absolutely magnificent build Christos.
AUG 06, 2016 - 06:12 PM
Thank you very much my friends for your nice comments.I am to happy that modelers like you said so wonderful words for me!Christos
SEP 16, 2016 - 11:17 PM