Mustang P51D 1/48 “Blondie”
At first, I wanted to build a fast kit from a very cheap discount box (11€), an easy assembly Hobby Boss. That really got to me and I decided to improve the cockpit and the wheels bay, the landing gear flaps, etc.. with improvement parts of the market. This has a cost which implies to make a very successful painting, so i resorted to new metallic Vallejo (was of good reputation to me) to avoid traditional Alclad which is not easily sprayed without opening windows (it's winter, in spite of the global warming). We were far from a cheap model...
The black Vallejo primer was a disaster. Impossible to apply strips of masking tape without unstick alu coat which had an annoying tendency to peel due to primer undercoat. Advice of a friend : avoid the Vallejo primer if you want to work or weather your metal look ! After all, I decided to clean all the device and to give it a gloss black Gunze. Then, i returned to vallejo for metallic coat which kept its promises, fortunately.
In addition, a serie of carelessness came to pepper the assembly: cotton stalk dipped into alcohol rather than into water to reposition decals (a wing to be cleaned and repainted), American rosettes inverted (you know this blunder of beginner?), a broken landing gear to restick, ... Everything bad happened, i needed peace and determination to get back an acceptable model.
Two major « normal » difficulties too: insert the thick Aires wheels bay between halves wings, much sanding, and carrefuly saw the window to present it in open position.
So here is (finally!) the North American P-51D Mustang called "Blondie" (assigned to 2Lt Marvin W Arthur of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, at Debden) and so called in honour of the pilot's wife. More informations on http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/18442
I just added a rear-view mirror which does not exist on "Blondie", to avoid having to fill with putty the hollow planned in transparent part.
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