No. Three 1/32 scale P-51D Zebra Strip Mustang
My first “Zebra” model was made in 1988, then sold a year or so later. I was going to build another one real fast but that never happened, however I built one in 1/48 scale several year’s later in the mid 1990’s and/or early in the 2000 decade.
One day in 2011, I was searching my “decal spare box” and looked at my #49 decals that were made for me in 1988. I said Rodney, you have several sets on hand so try one of the decals out. I cut and wet the decal then put it on some flat white styrene stock. It laid down perfect as if the decal was made the same day, but the decal was over 23 year’s old.
I bought another 32nd scale Mustang kit and the results are shown here. As usual I used Tamiya X-1 Gloss Black and X-2 Gloss White on the model. The prop colors were also Tamiya paints.
Note how I align the prop blades. The red blade needs a bit more alignment before my white glue dry’s inside the prop hub.
Remember: It’s not how much is done to your model or how eye-catching it looks on the table: “It’s how well you have taken care of the basics like “seams, gaps, sink marks, panel lines, alignment, and make sure your paint is applied properly and don’t worry about weather or not you got the right color.”
The America FS-495A color chart for WW-II aircraft was not made until 1955, so I wonder if they got it right. Like George Lee said: They mixed all of their paint outside in the bright sunlight…so I wonder if you do the same?
I used Walmart’s blue tape for my masking material which I bought in their paint department. Their tape is cheap compared to Tamiya’s tape and it last for several years.
I cut all the tape with a new #11 blade and put it on, then took it off after I painted on the black. The model was clear coated with Future, then I cut all the decals and applied them with just tap water. After the decals dried, I clear coated the model again with Future.
Today Future come’s in a PLEDGE bottle and the word FUTURE is no where to be seen in print…but believe me it’s the same old FUTURE.
I took the finished model to a couple of model shows and you guessed it as it won the “First Place Awards.”
12 additional images. Click to enlarge.