Today I installed the Yahu panel and I’m very pleased with how it looks……….. The center console still needs to be detail painted. I wanted to use the kit parts here, since they looked so nicely done and were more 3 dimensional than a flat PE part is. I think this is more of a accurate representation of the real plane.
Hello again Jim !! @jimh
Thanks for posting another update on your Mustang build. It’s really looking sharp and the gloss black will be a perfect base for the next step. It looks flawless………… 🙂 Those resin parts have definitely jazzed it up some………
Also, thanks again for the information on the colors used for the wheel wells. The pictures you sent me were also perfect. I’ll be posting up a few of the latest photos I took during my last visit to the hangar in just a few. Thanks again !!!
Hello again David. @davem
I will be adding “LOU IV” to this build journal. I have always wanted to build this plane since I share the name with it……… 🙂
I have just modified the heading to reflect this change. Thanks for the support !!!
You know me well………….. 🙂 Almost nothing on the table as a single build here lately. I have a F9F Panther jet, a Me-262 and a Bf-109 as such, but all of the others are “more than one”. Thanks for the encouraging vote, and I have changed the heading to show that “LOU IV” is now in the mix as well. I don’t have a Squadron of Mustangs built just yet. So far I only have 3 of them completed in the display case……. and way too many more unbuilt kits in the stash.
This is why I have been building multiple subjects of the same plane in an assembly line manner. Otherwise, I’ll never get most of the stash built.
As far as the Yahu panel, they make several different ones. They vary by the kit manufacturer and scale. This one I’m using is specifically made for the Revell 1/32 new tool Mustang. There are about 3 more of them made for the other various manufacturers. You will have to do a little research to see which one you think will work best for your plane. Is yours a 1/48 scale Monogram P-51B ??? I have one in the stash marked as the “Ghost Squadron” along with a P-39 that has the same “Ghost Squadron” box markings. Or is yours the larger 1/32 version with clear “see through” exterior ??
I picked my Yahu panel up from a vendor on EBay. I did a quick online search and found that the mail order company “Squadron” is also showing some in stock.
Sprue Brothers does not have them at the moment. I’ll try doing a little more research for you and let you know what I find…………. Hope this helps.
This is a very cool picture I found online earlier today.
Hey Stephen @stephen-w-towle
Your observations on the main spar are spot on. I had the fantastic opportunity years ago to see an original “almost” unmolested Mustang during the tear down phase. Other than an exterior repaint, and the removal of some military hardware it was pretty much as it was when it left the factory. It had been re painted on the exterior, but the majority of the interior parts were all still original.
It just so happens that our fellow Imodeler friend Jim Harley saw it back then too. This one still had the original wiring in it for the .050 caliber MG’s. I took some pictures of it during this phase, but so far I have not been able to find mine. Luckily Jim was better organized than I and sent me some of his pictures.
In order to be fair to Jim, I’ll not post his photos here without his prior permission.
Here are some of my own photos that I have taken over various Mustang restorations. This first one is an early A-36 Apache that was restored by American Aero Services several years ago. They go through painstaking efforts to ensure their planes are properly painted using the closest color matches available. They use a camera and a computer to match the colors and have received some very prestigious awards for their work. This plane took the “Golden Wrench Award” at Oshkosh when it was completed.
This next picture I took of the landing gear and main spar.
Notice the yellowish green color used. This is typical of the earlier Mustangs. From what I have been told, the colors varied during the production runs………..
These next photos are of a later TP-51D model that was configured as an Air National Guard plane. This one also won an award…………the Grand Champion Award for restoration at Oshkosh in 2016… It’s currently on tour in the US.
Notice the different shade of green, and how the inner doors are done.
Granted this is a restoration, and not original, but it’s as close as we have available to us for references now. Hopefully these detail pictures will help someone who wants to scratch build in some of the details on their kit…………..
I hope this helps to answer your questions…………. Your comments were on the money. It varied between types and even as to when or where the plane was built.
Other than getting the Yahu instrument panel done, nothing else got done on the Mustang.
Comments are encouraged.