North American P-51B Mustang
by Larry Goodell
This Tamiya's 1/48 scale Mustang III & P-51B kit in 1/48 scale. The aircraft depicted is P-51B 42-106957, 26th FS, 51st FG, China. Fall 1944.
This is my first SNJ all metal paint job, and I really like the results. I sprayed the flaps, ailerons, elevators and rudder gloss black. When the black was at the tack point just before drying I applied the SNJ powder and buffed it out. The result was a high polished effect that to me really enhances the flying surfaces. I didn't buff out the wings as much as the fuselage to give the painted silver finish look to the wings. Buffing Metalizer Stainless Steel was added to several fuselage panels and also to the ammo loading panels atop the wing.
The model is out of the box, save for the Metal Tech belts and under wing stores. The "bazooka" tubes and 500lb bombs are from a Hasegawa P-51D kit. Monogram photo etch bomb arming props are from their Liberator kit, the DF loop is out of their OS2U kit and the little bump it sits on is a clear blister for a Mosquito canopy from a 1/72 Matchbox kit.
Decals are AeroMasters Fighting Mustangs P-51B/C Part II. The sharkmouth presented no problems during application. Just some small slits needed to be cut where it wraps under the chin scoop. Sol-v-set made the day here. AeroMaster is thoughtful in giving you some small strips of the colors of the sharkmouth to fill in where necessary. I only needed a little of the white to fill in at the bottom where the teeth come together. X-tra color dark sea blue was used to fill in the area just behind the props at the chin scoop. The color matches perfectly. Floquil bright silver was used on the canopy framing.
As you have already heard and probably know, this kit is a joy to build. I took it to our meeting assembled without glue just to make my point. I can't recall ever inserting the tailplanes in their slot and having them not droop, sit at some odd angle' or fall out. As far as any aftermarket items, it doesn't need them. Well maybe some resin wheels - okay!
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