1/48 Monogram P-51D Mustang, “Petie 2nd” Lt. Colonel John Meyer, 352nd Fighter Group, Bodney England 1944
Here’s a short article about a build that I did a long, long time ago…
This one was special to me, since it was my very first attempt at using Bare Metal Foil if memory serves me correctly. It’s the old Monogram kit that was re-boxed by Revell / Monogram later. It’s nothing fancy and was built straight out of the box, mistakes and all.
I didn’t have internet access back then and strictly relied on my book collection and kit instructions. Now I know about several glaring errors, the most obvious to me is the bare metal wings. If I’m not mistaken, the “D” model Mustang had the seams and rivets filled in on the wings to preserve the “laminar flow” surfaces… There are other mistakes, too…
It has held up rather well in the display case. But if you look close, you can see that there were some ugly seams that I did nothing with, and in a few small spots, the foil has started to loosen (probably due to an application error on my part…).
But hey, it’s a Mustang !
Such is the evolution of building models… We strive to get better with each new build.
I plan on building another Mustang with these markings soon. Sort of like a comparison of sorts… but this time it will be the Tamiya offering of this kit, using the supplied decals… (as soon as I get the Werner Voss 1/28 Tri-plane completed). I plan on writing an article about the man and machine when I post up the Tamiya builds.
Here’s a link to the build log:
If you see this, I will still have a few sets of Tamiya decals left over, and I’ll send you the best of the lot.
Here’s a link to the work
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