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1:32 Tamiya Mustang Build
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2012 - 11:27 AM GMT+7
Hi all.
I've recently made a start on my Tamiya mustang which I picked up at SMW 2011. It's been,and continues to be, a very busy time for me but I'm making a determined effort to take a little "me time" and actually get some modelling done.
While I have a couple of other builds at various stages I thought I'd start a build blog for the Mustang for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, there seems to be a distinct lack of build blogs for this amazing kit on Aeroscale, expecially after the huge amount of enthusiasm which greeted its release, and secondly, if I start a blog I might get that extra bit of encouragement to actually crack on and get it done.

I'm going OOB, with only a set of seatbelts and some Grey Matter wheels to replace the kits rubber ones. I picked up a set of Roy Sutherlands cockpit decals at the same time as I bought the kit so I'll be using them as well.

What scheme I'm going for is undecided as yet, but I'd like to do something a bit different so we'll see what I can come up with.

The first few stages of the encyclopedic instruction manual cover the assembly of the Packard Merlin. Tempted as I was to add pipework etc I'm just going to build it as it comes. (I have a 1:18th Merlin to build which will get all the trimmings anyway).

Here's the engine. A base coat of my scale black (50/50 flat black and red brown mix), and some very thin filters of Tamiya smoke, Flat Orange, and various greys were finished off with a dry brushing of a few different greys and then a filter of Tamiya buff to draw it all together.









I'm very pleased with how it came out, and I've moved onto the oil reservoir/ firewall section now.

Nige
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2012 - 01:07 PM GMT+7
I'll keep an eye on this build Nige,it's also good that your at last setting yourself some 'me time'
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2012 - 05:54 PM GMT+7
Cheers Lucky.
Yes, "me time" has been very limited over the last year or so. Made a deliberate effort to have a complete day off today, and I'm certainly feeling better for it.

On the work bench, I've not only done some on the Mustang, but managed to get the preshading and underside painted on the Spit AND got a base coat of OD on the razorback!

Back to the P-51, got the oil tank/ firewall attached too!





Onto the cockpit area next.
Going to have to narrow down my ideas for the paint scheme soon as the kit includes different instrument panels and seats for different batches.

Nige
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2012 - 06:47 PM GMT+7

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Going to have to narrow down my ideas for the paint scheme soon as the kit includes different instrument panels and seats for different batches.

Nige



Nige, how about a Latin American P-51, Nicaragua, Cuba, Costa Rica and Guatamalian only problem is you'll need to speak to a certain person and ask for masks as the decals are only available in 1/72 and 1/48, also not sure about the stencils. See Aztec models for the decals
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Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 - 04:01 AM GMT+7
Nice start Nige. I'll be interested to know what scheme you choose, I will be doing Big Beautiful Doll but there are a few schemes that I would like to do

Me time becomes very precious and you are right to take a day Although I could call every day "me time" these days I have been making a point of doing no masking or DIY related stuff on Sundays for sometime now That should translate into a full days modelling when the man cave is finished


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Nige, how about a Latin American P-51, Nicaragua, Cuba, Costa Rica and Guatamalian only problem is you'll need to speak to a certain person and ask for masks as the decals are only available in 1/72 and 1/48, also not sure about the stencils. See Aztec models for the decals



Yes some interesting schemes there Luciano
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Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012 - 04:09 AM GMT+7

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Nice start Nige. I'll be interested to know what scheme you choose, I will be doing Big Beautiful Doll but there are a few schemes that I would like to do

Me time becomes very precious and you are right to take a day Although I could call every day "me time" these days I have been making a point of doing no masking or DIY related stuff on Sundays for sometime now That should translate into a full days modelling when the man cave is finished


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Nige, how about a Latin American P-51, Nicaragua, Cuba, Costa Rica and Guatamalian only problem is you'll need to speak to a certain person and ask for masks as the decals are only available in 1/72 and 1/48, also not sure about the stencils. See Aztec models for the decals



Yes some interesting schemes there Luciano



There is one country I left off this list as that's the one I intend to do when I eventual get around to do mine - Dominican Republic
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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 - 03:10 PM GMT+7
Hi guys.
Gearing up for having a few hours at the bench tomorrow after the madness of December. Hopefully I'll be able to get a bit of bench time in over the next few weeks, but not too much as it means theres no work .
I've been through lots of potential paint schemes for the build but keep coming back to this one so I think it's going to be...........


"Masters Mistress" of the 3rd Scouting Force.

Planning on making a start on the cockpit tomorrow

Nige
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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 01:53 AM GMT+7
Nice scheme Nige, where did you find the profile?
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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 05:00 AM GMT+7

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Nice scheme Nige, where did you find the profile?



It's one of Nick Kings on Littlefriends
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Posted: Saturday, January 05, 2013 - 03:40 AM GMT+7
nige, at the time of posting this i don't know how far along with the merlin you are, but due to someone i know, last september i was invited to a battle of britain memorial service at the rolls royce heritage centre. long story short i took a lot of pics of merlins whilst there! if you need any reference i can post them up.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2013 - 02:03 AM GMT+7
Hi Phil,
Yes, post the pics please, I have a few Merlins to build too

Or better still, send them to me and I will put them in a photo feature
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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 07:20 PM GMT+7
I've managed to make a bit of progress on this over the last few days.
The main components of the cockpit area are together( dry fitted) and I've made a start blocking out areas of colour ready for detail painting and weathering.









It really is a fabulous kit!

Nige
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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 01:39 AM GMT+7
I hope to start mine soon, the man cave is coming on Every time I see one of theses I want to start mine. It isn't difficult to make it look good but you have one of the best renditions of the warn painted look on the plywood floor, how did you achieve it Nige?
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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 08:56 AM GMT+7

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I hope to start mine soon, the man cave is coming on Every time I see one of theses I want to start mine. It isn't difficult to make it look good but you have one of the best renditions of the warn painted look on the plywood floor, how did you achieve it Nige?



Cheers Mal.
I thought about how to go about this for a while and it turned out to be really easy to get the desired effect.
First I sprayed the whole area in the green interior colour. This save messing about trying to mask off the floor to paint the lower area around where the control stick goes. Once this was dry I filled this area with Humbrol liquid mask and let it set.
The floor of the cockpit was then sprayed in IJN deck brown with a patchy overspray of Dark Earth and another one of Buff with a drop of Dark Earth added. I then let this dry for a couple of days so it was properly cured.
I sprayed the cockpit floor with my usual "scale black", ( a 50/50 mix of flat black/red brown) and while the paint was still wet I used a stiff brush pulled from front to back to scrape away some of the black paint. This dried very quickly so rather than respray the black and do it again I slightly dampened the brush with Tamiya Thinners and carefully removed a bit more of the black in the areas which would get the most wear.
Takes longer to describe than it did to do.



Nige
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 09:33 AM GMT+7
The King of the Speed Builds returns.
Even I was shocked to see that I started this about 4 years ago!!

Since then I've decided to change the scheme from Masters Mistress to a 357th FG D, "Ol Flak joe



As of today, this is how the Mustang is progessing.



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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 07:29 PM GMT+7
Definitely progress

I realised how long it had been when reading back through the posts I had said "I hope to start mine soon, the man cave is coming on", I still haven't started mine though
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 11:34 PM GMT+7
That's so impressive Nige.
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Posted: Monday, November 07, 2016 - 12:41 AM GMT+7
Said it before, say it again, you just can't rush perfection!

Great to see this one back on the bench, looking really good so far.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, November 07, 2016 - 05:13 PM GMT+7
Good golly miss mollie
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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 12:53 AM GMT+7
Going crazy!
I've even got the underside painted and I'm ready to mask up in order to paint the top surfaces.



It'll be done for Telford!

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Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 04:23 PM GMT+7
A few photos to bring this up to date...























It'll be done for Telford
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Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 06:57 PM GMT+7
Now that does look good