Thursday, 8 February 2018

The things you find when you tidy up

I was sorting some crap out in the loft and re-arranging the stash of kits and built up models when I found a Revell 1/32 Fw 190D that I had finished a few years ago.
It wasn't in too bad a condition considering (I store the built models in clear plastic storage boxes) apart from the wing mounted pitot tube being bent and the tailwheel had fell off. Rather than bin it I've decided to use it as a test bed for some weathering techniques I have recently learned from these two rather excellent books;

Old models are ideal for this rather than experimenting on your latest and greatest so we'll see what I can come up with. Here's the model at the moment;

One thing that DEFINITELY needs doing is the prop as I used a silver pencil to replicate chips and scratches on it, unfortunately sometime after finishing the model I learned that the props on 109D's were wooden.....duh....
The actual kit was first issued by Hasegawa and when I first looked at the kit it was expensive back then, however Revell re-boxed it under their name, included the later squared-off tail unit and charged substantially less for it :o)

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang

The tail section was glued into place, filled with Mr Surfacer (1000 grade) and cleaned up using fine grade wet and dry and paper then a ladies nail buffer. It was VERY important to polish the plastic due to the natural metal finish I had planned so nail buffers are an essential piece of kit. Overall the fit wasn't THAT bad really and any gaps fell along natural panel lines which helps;

The fit of the main wings was a little tricky as the mating surfaces are very narrow. I had glued the areas inside where the upper and lower wings touch so I split them again to see if that helped with the fit (it did somewhat) but it all came together when fitting the lower cowling and wing section.
I used masking tape to hold it all together and ran a length from wingtip to wingtip to keep the dihedral and to help with the wing joints, which look very good actually and may not need filling.

What WILL need filling are the inserts on the leading edges for the machine guns as there are some considerable gaps;

Again care will be needed as the model will have a natural metal finish so any scratches will need to be buffed out otherwise they will show up massively.
After the experiences with the wing roots of the Hurricane it's nice to have a good fit of parts in this area and I have to say I'm quite impressed with this Airfix kit so far.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang

The fuselage has been closed up and I can now get on with the rest of the build. Airfix have done the tail as a separate assembly which is odd however if you look carefully they have moulded in an offset to port so maybe that's why they did it. Anyway dry fitting the tail assembly revealed a couple of issues which prevented it from fitting properly so after a think I decided to cut off the locating pegs at the front of the tail and the small ledges that sit inside the rear fuselage;

After this the fit of the tail unit was much better although I think I'm going to have a couple of awkward filling jobs around here as the area in front of the rear tail wheel housing isn't a stellar fit either.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang

Just a quick update to the Airfix P-51 cockpit. I resprayed the Eduard coloured etch first and using a paint brush moistened with Tamiya thinner wiped the green paint off the placards. 
I lightened the mix with some yellow and sprayed in between the panels to add some interest then oversprayed the entire cockpit with AK ultra matt varnish to deaden the shine of the Eduard coloured etch and to cover up the blobs of superglue.
I'll drop some Tamiya X-22 into the instrument dials to represent the glass and do some chipping with a silver pencil for some wear and tear, the cockpit floor will be given some brown chipping to represent some wear to the floorboards.
There are a couple more details to add yet but hopefully I'll be able to close up the fuselage soon;

Monday, 22 January 2018

Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang

Just a small update as I've been concentrating on the cockpit. I've been using an Eduard Zoom set for this and it is a pre-coloured one so most of the bits have been added after painting the cockpit colour...trouble is I hadn't given a thought to the fact it was a pre-coloured set and realised that the shade of interior green Eduard had chosen was a LOT lighter than the mix I had made..bugger!

You can see the difference better here (the Eduard bit is at the bottom and much lighter);

I still have the mix used for the cockpit colour so sometime this week I'll respray the Eduard bits then give the whole cockpit a coat of matt varnish as the coloured etch has too much of a shine for me, plus it will deaden the areas where I managed to blob superglue.
Once the matt varnish is dry I'll drop some Tamiya X-22 Clear into the instrument faces to represent the glass covers.
Of course before I do all this I need to add the HGW seatbelts as they'll be a laugh to fit and no doubt the paint on the seat will be damaged in the process.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang

I've heard a lot about this kit since it was released so when my son asked me what I wanted for Xmas I requested this as a gift. As I knew it was coming I ordered a few goodies such as Eduard Brassin wheels and exhaust stacks (both types just in case) plus an Eduard ZOOM set for the cockpit and HGW seat belts.
I wasn't really planning on starting it straight away but after seeing a couple of builds online I decided to open the box and get cracking as the last time I built a Mustang ended in failure and it went to land fill.
The very first job was to remove the moulded on seat belts and seat cushion so using a Trumpeter micro chisel the detail was scraped off, smoothed out with wet and dry paper then I run liquid glue over it, the side rails were replace with strip styrene;

The interior is quite busy due to the intake duct for the oil cooler, cockpit and tail wheel housing and it will need careful painting. The cockpit side panels have a couple of pin marks present that require filling so this was done with a blob of superglue and when set will be sanded down.
As I'm using a pre-painted etch set I'll need to match the colour then add the etch when the cockpit is painted. This bit will be interesting as there are three different colours involved such as cockpit green, black and aluminium so some painting will be required before gluing it all together such as the oil cooler intake duct and tail wheel bay.

Edit; I should add that I actually started this kit last week but even so to get the cockpit roughly painted in such a short time is unusual for me as it normally takes me weeks to open the box. Anyway I sprayed it all black first then mixed up some Tamiya XF-4 Yellow and XF-5 Green until I got a shade as near as dammit to Interior Green, the oil cooler intake duct will be sprayed with Vallejo Metal Colour aluminium tomorrow.
After this I'll smarten up the interior with some brush painting, fix the seat belts in then give it a pin wash with dark brown or similar. I should then be able to glue the fuselage together.


As well as all the other projects on the go such as the Leopard C2, ZiL-131 and E-75 tank destroyer I made a start on the Revell T.I.E Interceptor and Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang (which will be a separate blog entry), also I received a Miniart 1/35 T-55A Mod 1965 from the factory in the Ukraine to do as a build review for The Modelling News so all in all it's going to be a busy period of modelling for a few months.

The T-55 will be interesting as although it's one that doesn't feature a full interior there are still around 800 parts to deal with, the TIE Fighter I have an idea for a base to display it and the P-51 was a Xmas present from my son and after seeing a few builds online I just fancied putting it together.
Here's the link to The Modelling News;

The Modelling News