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Tamiya 1/48 North American P-51D Mustang : “Blondie”

June 18, 2013 · in Aviation · · 23 · 3.2K

North American D . "Blondie", as flown by Lt Marvin Arthur,334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group.

One of 's finer kits, I think.

OOB with Eduard seat harness.
Finished with Testor's buffable Metallizer "Aluminum Plate".
Testor's Acryl "Guards Red" on the nose.
Testor's enamel wash (Black) on the bottom. It was pretty hot, even for the Future clear coat.
Topside panel lines drawn in with a black Micron 0.05 pen.
The kit decals had a hard time adhering to the model.
I suspect its because the buffable metallizer didn't provide a firm base for the Future to adhere to.
A couple tried to peel up, in places. Otherwise, they performed well.

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  1. Beautiful work...great pics...nice all around job!

  2. I don't like Mustangs... but you did a very nice job on this one!

  3. quite a beauty james

  4. First of all, that's a really pretty pony there. Very nicely done model. Next, Testor's Metallizer is nice looking NMF- IF you spray it last and don't try to mask over it. It Will peel up under any kind of stress. Metallizer sealer is made to spray over this, but I suspect it will still peel up. However I have never used this for a full NMF job because Alclad II works so well. Have you ever tried this? I use "White Aluminum" as the base, you can add Testor's flat black or white to it to vary panels. So don't feel bad, Metallizer just does not stick well, it's pretty well-known for this trait.

    • Hi Bill, thanks for the kind words.

      I used to use Alclad II all the time, but the LHS no longer stocks it. At some point, I'll get some from Sprue Brothers. I like the Testors stuff.

      I had no problem with it pulling up, per se, and I masked over it without difficulty (sealed with Future). I just had a few decals pull up after they were set with Mr. Mark Softer, and dried.

  5. James shes a beauty very well done I has problems with my decals on this kit as well it wasn't you my friend...again very nice work thanks for sharing

  6. Beautiful, neat job, James. What's the anti Mustang thing about?

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    said on June 19, 2013

    Cool P-51 James, like it 🙂

  8. The Mustang, next to the Corsair, my favorite WWII fighters. And what is really cool there are still a few flying. Living in So Cal, not to far from Chino Airport where are few flying examples still take to the air. Well done NMF finish, weathering is well done. Haven't built too many kits in NMF finish, and I have a few in the stash that will eventually have a NMF scheme. But the couple I have built, I used Alclad on both. I use the MM metalizers for the detail panels over the Alclad. Haven't run into any decal issues as you experienced as yet. Regardless I enjoyed viewing your Mustang, thanks for sharing.


  9. James I would have never imaged that this kit would be such a radical build. The painting is neat and crisp with a good NMF finish, no visible seem lines. the landing gear is true, the clear parts are crystal clear, the decals look good and of course the female figure is what any good modeler would choose as a good subject of interest. On another form,...people are spitting bullets and trading insults about the prop which would appear to be a easy fix, On the whole this is a good strong model with some good photo's. Two thumbs up looking forward towards your next build.

  10. said on June 24, 2013

    James .. a TRUE modelers' dream build .. NEAT paint job, to the cock-pit shots .. an AWESOME photography presentation all around ... all she needs now is a guy standing by with the "fire-bottle" and a pilot ! GREAT !

  11. Hi James,

    I want to congratulate you on a great model of Blondie. Marvin Arthur was married to my mother from 1991-2001 when he passed away. He was a great guy and I spent many hours talking to him about his flying experiences. I went to several reunions of the 4th Fighter group with him and got to meet some greats like Don Blakeslee and James Goodsen. I also got to meet Don Allen too who was Marvin's crew chief and the artist that painted Blondie and many other Planes in the 4th. Thanks for keeping Blondie alive with your great Model.

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