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George Henderson
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Hasegawa 1:48 P-51D

October 30, 2019 · in Aviation · · 24 Comments

This aircraft depicts that of Capt Ted Lines, 335th FS/4th FG.8th AF.. Capt. Lines is officially credited with ten victories, however, examination of combat reports indicates that he actually destroyed 14. These victories included four in one day. He had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters

Overall a very nice kit with the exception of the individual microscopic MGs and wing-tip lights. For the Interior Green I used a Tamiya mix of Yellow XF-3, Green XF-5 2/1. The photo shows the mix compared to Gunze Sangyo Interior Green which I was unaware I had. The exterior colours were, for the wings, Tamiya XF-16 Flat Aluminum. The moving surfaces were sprayed Vallejo 77.707 Chrome over the plastic and the fuselage was sprayed with the same paint over Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black

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  1. George: great result with this old kit. I was unaware of being able to successfully apply Vallejo metal paint on an unprimed surface. Using Tamiya Flat Aluminum for the puttied wing is a great idea, which I am Officially Stealing.

    A man can't have too many P-51s (he said, working on the new Eduard D-5).

    • Thank you Tom. I got about 1mm of paint lift on the unprimed surface but I was using blue painters tape as a fill for the areas the Tamiya tape strips didn’t cover. I had so much blue on I couldn’t finds some ends and wound up pulling on tape I didn’t want to

  2. George I have to say that your P-51 has a charm that not all NMF models possess. My problem is that I cannot explain exactly what gives me that sensation...perhaps is the metal shade used, even specific product brands, or a varnish coat, don’t know, what it’s a fact is that you did a super job with this old kit (remember when it was THE Mustang kit somewhere in 90s?)

    • Thanks Pedro. I glossed over the wings for decals and then put on a Microscale flat coat. I prefer this over Tamiya. A gloss coat of Future was also added to the fuselage, decals added and the more Future

  3. I like it George ! It looks great to me. There’s only one thing wrong with it.

    It’s not sitting in my display case !

    Well done my friend. These older Hasegawa kits are still a good model to build. Even though they’re not the newest one on the market they still are decent, just like the older Tamiya kit is too.


  4. Great work on this George!

    • Much appreciated Dale. One thing I forgot to mention in my post is that the gun sight provided by the kit is incorrect. The kit gives one a K-14 sight and a N-9 is needed. I roughed one in using the kit part and some clear plastic

  5. Nicely done George, that's a fine looking pony.

  6. stunning result george...great kit

  7. Beautifully done, woof woof!

  8. This is masterclass work George! Well done!

  9. A spectacular result! Love it.

  10. What's not to love. Great build. Great finish. Special.

  11. Glad to see this fine build. Very nice NMF!

    It is an older kit that is outclassed by newer ones, but it makes for a mostly decent looking Mustang. My only gripe is the attachment of the props.

    Just finishing mine. It's been sitting on the bench because life got in the way.

    • Thanks Dan. Looking forward to seeing your Mustang. I was working from a way too small PDF of the instructions as my kit never came with any. I thought one had to join the props to the back plate first and then add the spinner. I did this to the first blade and was frustrated. I then notice that the shaft was too long and would interfere mounting the assembly to the fuselage. I found another set of plans on line that allowed me to see that the spinner attached to the back plate and then the blades were inserted. This worked very well form me, two of the blades didn't even need glue, the just popped into a nice snug fit

  12. This came up in the random feed. Sorry I missed it the first time through. A real beauty. Love P-51s and this is special.

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