North American P-51H – Modelsvit 1/48
As an addition to Eric’s recent post and lovely California ANG built P-51H, I’d like to finally share my Texas ANG P-51H, built completely OOB, with exception of the use of Eduard belts.
I began this build back in Oct/Nov, and had at the time started this build topic which documents most of the build up through about 90% complete:
After getting the finish squared away, I sat on my hands deciding about whether or not to weather it up, and how best to go about that with the somewhat unique and somewhat finicky Vellejo Metal Varnish that I sprayed over (and under) the decals. To-date, the only thing I’ve done was some light washing over the rudder, some tonal variation on the OD anti-glare, and some thinned Tamiya X-19 for exhaust and guns. Nothing more was done with the NMF.
My only big beefs with this kit were the fitment of the front canopy, and the positioning of the landing gear. Unfortunately, i feel like the gear is angled too far forward, but that was the only position were the multiple [not so positive] mounting points seemed to all align without the wheels having a bunch of toe angle. Perhaps this had something more to do with the alignment of the landing gear bay walls… idk.
The thing I enjoyed about this kit the most was detailing the cockpit, which can be seen in the build thread.
Anyway, I hope you like my build of this “ugly duckling” of the Mustang family.
16 additional images. Click to enlarge.