1:32 Zoukei-Mura P-51D Mustang
This was my first build after a 25 year break from models so I figured start with the Cadillac of war birds. I picked the Zoukei-Mura over the Tamiya kit based purely on price. And I must say, this is a really nice kit. If you want to build a skeleton P-51 this is the kit for you. There are some silly details—like actually pistons molded into the engine block—but if you build this kit it goes together just like the actual plane was assembled, so you learn a great deal about these gorgeous war birds.
I'm not going to go into detail about the kit, there are plenty of articles about that out there, but I wanted to share some details about "My" Mustang. I say "My" because I decided to make myself the pilot of this particular 'Stang. Why? Why not.
I did a lot of reading about the various squadrons and fighter groups of the ETO and settled on the 4th Fighter Group, 334th Fighter Squadron. There's is a great deal of documentation about these flyers and I really liked the paint scheme of their Mustangs. So, I added myself to the ranks.
I mentioned this was my first build after a long break, so I was really learning as I went. I sprayed the entire model with rattle cans—no airbursh. The plane went through various stages of disguise under layers of tape. Overall I'm pretty happy with it. It has a little more texture than I'd like due to the rattle can painting, but oh well.
The decals are really the fun part. I found a super place, Bedlam Creations http://www.bedlamcreations.com, that prints custom decals. As I am a graphic designer I was able you create a custom sheet for my kit. These included tail numbers that are actually my anniversary date and nose art of my wife.
I'm glad I got back into this hobby. Playing with different techniques for weathering, etc. is pretty enjoyable. Problem is shelf space...
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