Accurate Miniatures F-6B Mustang 1/48
I began this kit only a few weeks ago, and given that this was my second go at an AM Mustang, the build went fairly smoothly, but not without some hiccups.
Firstly, I built this kit out of the box, with only the addition of Eduard belts to dress up the cockpit a bit. The IP was done using the decal behind the clear styrene, as AM intended, it it actually looks quite good, I am pleased to say. Vallejo painted used throughout the interior.
As for the fuselage, I mistakenly glued the kit provided cowling on (from an early P-51), and only realized the error after it was all together, and after I tried to fit the snorkel to the intake.. How could they botch that up? Fortunately, my high-stakes game of cut and pry allowed me to [fairly] cleanly break free the cowl from all bondings of Tamiya extra-thin.. Unfortunately it wasn’t perfect, and the spare cowl borrowed from a P-51A (which is what the F-6B was convert from) didn’t align quite so perfectly. No worries though!
For paint, I laid a light green base layer on the upper surface. After this, I pre-shaped panel lines, then blotch a light grey between panel lines on both upper and lower surfaces, before spraying a thinged an modified OD on top, with straight thinned Neutral gray on bottom.
At this point I future’d only where the decals were to be, set them with no issues, and matted the whole a/c. I then oil washed it, which over the matt coat gives a grimy look, and a satin sheen if polished enough, however great care has to be taken not to rub through the matte coat and the paint. When doing this, I accidentally popped the rear lading gear off, which required me to drill the struts and pin it through the center with super glue, just to be extra sure it won’t break free.
For the invasion stripes, I carefully masked a loose profile around the fuselage decals, and then sprayed white, then the black. After unmasking, I “roughed-in” around the decals with a brush to give a brushed look, and then added some brush strokes over the white and black for a bit of a texture variation. A slight wash was finally applied over just the invasion stripes, just enough to get the panels lines back. I wanted them to still look pretty fresh.
For the rest of the details.. the whip antennae is stretched sprue, the gun-port covers is red painted kabuki tape, and the exhaust is Tamiya weathering chalk.
I selected this bird, with full D-Day stripes, because the 107th celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2017 by painting their MI ANG A-10C’s OD with D-Day stripes, as a heritage paint scheme. I have these decals, and would love to have these two birds sitting side by side. Unfortunately, it will be a while before the A-10 will be built.
I really enjoyed this quick and easy build, ham-fists and all!
Without further ado, F-6B-1 NA #43-6046, “Little Sir Echo II”, flown by Major Russ Berg, 107th TRS, 67th TRG, England 1944.
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