North American F6-D
Presented for your consideration is my build of Tamiya’s P-51 D/K Mustang in 1/32 scale. This is the first model that I’ve built in this scale since I was a teenager. Back then, to teenager me, the bigger the model, the better. Of course in those days, large scale models didn’t have near as much detail as they do now.
I wanted to do something a bit different with this model, so I went for the F6-D version instead of a “straight” P-51 D/K. My original intention was to wrap it in aluminum foil (and spray the wings) because, after all, nothing looks more like aluminum than aluminum. I did manage to wrap all of the fuselage, however the foil I was using had a grain that proved impossible for me to buff out. So it was back to the drawing board with a can of Tamiya spray AS-12 after removing the foil (which wasn’t that bad).
I had also intended to smooth the wing surfaces out and remove the rivets, but I had pushed my luck enough with the foiling attempt, so I let sleeping dogs lie.
Everything here is completely out of the box. It’s a very nice kit with an almost extreme amount of detail. For example, there’s a Packard Merlin under the hood and a complete compliment of machine guns and ammo belts in both wing bays. Although I installed the guns, I chose not to open the gun bays up, so I left the ammo belts out for a later if I should decide to go that route.
Also included in the kit was a very nice pair of 500 pound bombs, which I built, but did not display on the model, going for the drop tanks instead.
I’m mot sure if I would build another 1/32 scale kit again, 1/48 scale seems to me to be about the right size. I might try the aluminum foil wrapping on a future jet project, whatever that may be (perhaps an F-86?).
In any case, this model was a lot of fun to build and it looks good on its stand in a wheels up mode on top of my roll top computer desk.
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