1/48 Tamiya P-51B
The Bebout Curtiss P-40 factory decided it was time to build another pony. Actually, I started this model as a duel build along with my P-40M Wairarapa Wildcat. However, disaster stuck as the Tamiya decals broke into hundreds of little pieces when they hit the water. To the rescue came Louis Gardner with some decals for several P-51B’s, so many thanks to Louis for his help.
This Tamiya kit has been around for some time but you can still build a nice looking Mustang from it. I did add some PE belts, and I used OD paint from Model Car World which was new to me. They have expanded their line of car finishes into both aircraft and armorer vehicles. It is lacquer so I suggest you use a primer plus a well ventilated paint booth when using it. Covers very well and it’s very difficult to produce runs while using it.
Nylon thread was used for the antenna wire, a brown Pitt Pen for highlighting the panel lines, and artist chalk for exhause stains. Aircraft is OLE-II flown by Lt William Hovde, with the 358th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter group. Fun little kit that was suppose to be a quick and easy build but you all know how that usually ends up.
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