That last headline is a hard act to follow…
Reading that obituary gave me even greater respect for those heroic men who flew these in wartime.
Here is my second model plane in 40 years, a P-51D built from the 1/48 Revell 'Big Beautiful Doll' kit #85-5241. I included to in progress shots too, one trying to show the cockpit, which came out well for me and my little paint brush.
Rather than try to model the complex paint and decal schemed European versions in this kit, I wanted to try to make a replica of a P-51D seen in two old faded photos my dad took on Iwo Jima in 1945. Doing some internet research and using info found on this website too, I arrived at this scheme. The name, "Dixie Belle II" is something I made up and painted by hand. The fuselage numbers were pieced together from left over decals from my B-25 model. I also noticed in the photos there is a a small hole on each side of the plane a little above and in front of the wing. Is it the exhaust? I thought they were the pipes sticking out - anyway those two holes made a lot of stains, on the P-51's I saw in the photos anyway, so I put some holes in and added stains.
Things I am learning doing this include:
- its a great stress reliever
- "Natural metal finish" seems to be a big and deep subject - I barley dipped my toe in it but wanted it to look better than just my plain silver Testors spray paint. So I took a little Model Masters thinned black paint and went over some panels.
- weathering is an art and easy to over do. It is hard to know when enough is enough!
- A big thing to remember for anyone starting or restarting in modelling is this: The single most important tool in your kit is PATIENCE!
On to my next project...I went to the hobby shop on my lunch break today and bought the Revell Pro-Modeller 1:48 scale SB2C-4 Helldiver kit. Oh My...I got in my truck and had to peek in the box...so that's what 'photo-etched parts are! I may be asking questions on this forum as i get into this, I may have bit off more than I can chew with this 'beast'!
Thanks for letting me post and also I'd like to say compliments to all those who post here. Time does not allow me to comment on every post, but they are all great. Really!
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