Eduard P-51

Started by Jim Harley · 54 · 6 days ago
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    Jim Harley said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Been threatening to build one of these for 2-3 years now. With the release of the B and its pending arrival, it’s time to get tuned up. Still not sure which one this will be, probably Cripes 3rd or Frenesi…either way I’m going all out on her. Famous last words but these kits deserve everything I can give them 🙂

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    George R Blair Jr said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Looks good already, Jim (@jimh). The P-51B and P-51C are my favorite Mustangs, and I have built several of the Tamiya versions. Looking forward to your build of the Eduard kit to tune up for Eduard's new early Mustangs.

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Excellent entry and ditto progress, my friend @jimh! Looking forward to your next steps!

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    Jim Harley said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Thanks! Trucking away at it this weekend. A friend of mine in Texas and I got in on the Eduard presale, they’ve shipped but are somewhere in Germany right now according to the tracking. Meanwhile I got the fuse buttoned up and the gear well coming together. These are such beautiful little kits.

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Excellent progress continues, my friend @jimh!

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    John vd Biggelaar said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    That's a fine looking interior, Jim @jimh

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    Jim Harley said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Back at it. Grabbing building time when I can. Got the fuse buttoned up, filled and sanded. The fit is unbelievable. I probably didn’t need to use filler but sometimes I get heavy handed with sand paper. I shaved a toothpick down to a point and applied the filler as sparingly as possible. Once sanded, it only took a couple of minutes to re-rivet the affected areas, mostly behind the tailwheel and behind the canopy. The absolute only fault with this kit is the top cowling. There are no Dzus fasteners molded in to the upper cowl. A quick thumb through the Cal Pacific Air Motive Facebook page yielded several photos of the panels. The Eduard rivet lines are, or look spot on with the 1:1. Using the photos and my Mark IV eyeball, it didn’t take long to get them punched. Masked off and painted a portion of the inner front canopy and got the gear and doors in process. The gear well is my hang up. The copper wire is a bit too stiff for some areas, so I bit the bullet and ordered lead wire. The B models will arrive Wednesday. Finishing this one first though!

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Great progress and AMAZING attention to details, my friend @jimh!

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    Jim Harley said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Thanks! @fiveten this has been an absolute joy to build. The detail is exquisite, can’t wait to tear in to the B kit.

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    John vd Biggelaar said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Those fasteners do look very good, Jim @jimh
    You're making some good progress.

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    Jim Harley said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    More progress. The next one 😬…I’ll add the gear well plumbing before putting it all together. Other than that, got most of it assembled and ready for priming. Tamiya is the new Monogram 😬😀.

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    Eric Berg said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Fast progress. Lookin’ real fine!

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Looking excellent so far, my friend @jimh!

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    John vd Biggelaar said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Very nice progress, Jim @jimh

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    Jim Harley said 2 months ago:

    More progress…I’m waiting on paint. After seeing Jan’s stunning B build, I ordered some Mr Color metallics. Broke out the B kit in the mean time and marathon’d the fuse and cockpit. What an exceptional couple
    Of kits!

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