S1:72nd Scale North American P-51D Mustang 'Blue Nose'

T2B

1076 posts

I started this kit before Christmas ..........

Its a new tool kit that was released in 2012 as a Red Tail Mustang serial A01004, and has also been a starter kit with an RAF Mustang IV. This kit, serial A01004A was re-issued during 2018 with the 'Blue Nose' Decals.

On with the build but I won't bore you with too much blurb as the kit has probably already been posted and its fairly straight forward with excellent panel fit. As usual I start with the cockpit area and pilot.

For many years when building a single engined aircraft I have painted the nose sections of the fuselage and propeller before the fuselage halves are closed to prevent painting moveable parts and difficult arears later. I have continued with method even though I have now moved onto airbrushing.

   

But the build progressed quickly and was almost ready for some paint.

I missed a couple of stages during the painting and the Mustang was ready for some decaling. The build then got put to 1 side while I finished an Opel Blitz Ambulance build, and my first 1:48th Scale build, the Airfix Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.II.

The Mustang is now finished apart from navigation lights and awaiting a new permanent display spot?

Thats it for now ......... !

Paws4thot

1238 posts

Looking good.

On the subject of build-sequences, I normally build the pin for the prop into the nose, and then can remove the prop for storage and transport.

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

T2B

1076 posts

Thanks P4T 

 

If the prop shaft has a pre-moulded collar I'll often fashion a bulkhead to hold it in place within the fuselage so the prop can be fitted at the end of the build as I did on my recent Bf109 Gustav, but the Mustang has a separate collar which requires cementing to the prop shaft prior to the fuselage being closed, hence my painting first method. Doesn't work for everyone but works for me!

Aussie Jeff

54 posts

While waiting for the mising parts for my antique Catalina to arrive I decided to build this kit up to pass the time.

What a great kit! Fit, finish and detail was fantastic for such an inexpensive model. I thought this was going to be my best effort yet but a few detail issues toward the end of the build stymied that - all my fault, not the kit.

The black portside ID decal on the tailplane decided to roll up into a ball and try as I might it was unrecoverable. I also broke some of the delicate parts.  In a way it was very like my golf - enough good hits among the bad to make me think I'll have that really good round one day.

Maybe I should buy another one and have another crack.

After 45 years let's have another crack at this caper!

T2B

1076 posts

It's a good build Aussie Jeff and as far as I can see the only problem is the missing tail decal who mentioned.

 

And think I'll do another Mustang with the canopy open and flaps deployed like yours cos it does look good! And was thinking a couple of weeks ago I need to get a couple of mirrors to display my builds on to improve my finished photos. So your has made my mind up!!

Aussie Jeff

54 posts

Thanks T2B, it really is a good kit - having all those options at the price is remarkable.  I'm inspired by the efforts of many forum members, it is nice to know I've done something to make you want to build another.  I might be able to at least make up the underlined 'E' with some old decal border left over from the Catalina i'm just finishing up.

After 45 years let's have another crack at this caper!

Paws4thot

1238 posts

Join something like the Airfix Tribute Forum and you might be able to get free replacements for odd items like that from someone who did the "other scheme".

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

Kidge

19 posts

I have one of these waiting at the neighbours house to pick up when I get homeSmile Very excited as I built the red tails scheme previously and it was a dream. Unfortunately I’m going to have two P51-D’s on the shelf with the same decal scheme but different paint schemes. I think Airfix made a boo-boo and sent the blue nose decals in the red tails box.

T2B

1076 posts

@ Kidge

 

Yes they did, seems to be a whole batch problem with the Aldi Starter Kit release as it happened to a modelling friend and I, both bought from different Aldi stores. But if you contact Airfix you may get the correct decals sent out, we did and had the correct decals in less than 48 hours!

Kidge

19 posts

@T2B

@ Kidge

 

Yes they did, seems to be a whole batch problem with the Aldi Starter Kit release as it happened to a modelling friend and I, both bought from different Aldi stores. But if you contact Airfix you may get the correct decals sent out, we did and had the correct decals in less than 48 hours!

Yes i bought mine at an Aldi store over christmas aswell. Unless there is any way to remove a full decal scheme neatly im tempted just to leave it. It doesn't look perfefct (mostly that the yellow stripes on the wings are painted on) but for me it looks good enough to be proud of itSmile

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