Tamiya 1/48 Mustang
This is the well known Tamiya Mustang finished in the “clown suit” markings – no disrespect meant to the men who flew and mantained it, it is just that the flamboyant pattern applied to the cowling reminded me of a clown outfit! And it is great that Tamiya provides you with two decal options: one is solid, with the red background; the other is transparent, with only the blue diamond shapes, which precludes complicated color matching with the other red parts of the airframe. The NMF was by way of different shades of Vallejo Air metallics, which only adhere to a fully primed model. These paints look great, but are very fragile. Red was Humbrol, a shade that I very much like (but can’t recall the number right now).
This boxing of the Mustang has a few extras: a command car, two figures and paper tanks. I built the car and painted the figure of the officer standing next to it, just didn’t get around to taking pictures of them. The car is a very nice little kit, by the way.
If you’re planning to build this kit with these markings, I recomend you cut the cowling decals in smaller sections and apply them and adjust as you go, it is much easier to get a good finish and avoid silvering, wrinkling etc. For Tamiya decals, known for being thick and a little harder to work with, these went suprisingly easy.
As always, all feedback is welcome.
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