4th FG P-51D “Thunder Bird”
Hailing from Colorado, USA. Much enjoying the website and am glad to have a place to memorialize my infrequent builds. This is my first submission here, and I would be happy to receive constructive criticism.
The markings are for Captain Ted Elvan Lines’ P-51D-10-NA 44-14570 WD-D, 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF.
I appreciate the aesthetics of aircraft in-flight. To better enable display, without drilling a hole in the model, for storage and to fly them around the house chasing my kids, I inserted a hidden magnet near the CG and then mounted the AC on an acrylic rod also sporting a magnet. In this case, I covered the rod’s magnet with a piece of felt to protect the model’s finish.
Building the Tamiya kit in-flight remedies some of the kit’s known issues, specifically hiding the inaccurate main wheel wells and the notches in the flaps.
Challenges for me included surface prep. The Vallejo metal colors worked well, I thought, although they didn’t like Mr Levelling Thinner at all–the paint and thinner in the mixing jar chemically convected vigorously and got gummy. Took to spraying them neat, with varying success depending on the color, but would like to learn what thinners work well with them (presumably Vallejo’s own).
Kit: Tamiya 1/48 P-51D 61040-2500
Aftermarket: Eduard PE cockpit set–unnecessary IMHO with the closed canopy
Finish: Tamiya AS-12 (decanted) and Vallejo Metal Color, both over Mr Surfacer 1500; Tamiya acrylics
Decals: EagleCals #48-139 P-51Ds Part One
Build Issues: The EagleCals decals reacted strongly to Microsol, producing wrinkles that could not be tamed, so used kit decals for national insignia; had trouble fitting gunsight over photoetch IP and therefore omitted the gunsight; missing single mirror (will have to source one); port side hatch on upper cowling, just ahead of the windscreen, should have been removed; should have non-perforated breather plates; uncertain about the width of the recognition markings–they appear to have been smaller than D-Day markings, and I scaled them from the profiles on the EagleCals sheet.
Photos: Informally shot with a Google Pixel 3 indoors and outdoors
Hope to do many more P-51s, including the incoming 1/48 H model. One day, I would like to tackle Tamiya’s big kit.
Thanks for having me and kind regards,
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