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P-51B Mustang

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Some notes about the model
The kit is the Tamiya RAF Mustang III. Eduards seatbelts, Squadron vacform canopy and Lifelike decals #48-023 were used for this build. Primary reference source was "Kidd Hofer-The Last of the Screwball Aces" by Troy White.
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About the Author

About Nigel Julian (lampie)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST MIDLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM

Restarted modelling in late 2005 after a break of over 20 years.Built a lot of armour as a teenager but now concentrating on WW2 aircraft. Some skills are coming straight back to me and Im learning new ones everytime I log on to this site it seems.


Comments

Hi Nige Nice very nice but its not a thunderbolt... you feelin alright. Cheers chris
MAY 08, 2010 - 06:12 PM
Cheers Chris, I'm fine, man cannot live on Thunderbolts alone Nige
MAY 08, 2010 - 09:35 PM
Hi Nige Lovely work! I really like the n/m finish. The only thing I wonder is whether the instruments shroud shouldn't be black? All the best Rowan
MAY 09, 2010 - 07:40 AM
Hi Nige, Beautiful job with the mount of Lt. Ralph K Hofer: Kidd Hofer - Top Ace of the 4th Fighter Group
MAY 10, 2010 - 09:06 PM
Thanks for the comments I might well change the colour of the shroud, the front part of the canopy is only tacked on with white glue so it should be an easy fix Fred, I love that painting and its on the cover of the book I used as a prime reference source for the build. At one point I actually considered building the P-51 wheels up and displaying it at the same angle as in the painting. All the best, Nige
MAY 11, 2010 - 03:03 PM
..true enough. Very elegant looking build Nige - rather gaudy looking machine isn't it. ICM do a 'Hofer' B/C boxing currently sitting in my 'imminent' pile..
MAY 16, 2010 - 06:17 AM
Beautiful job Nige, I love the NMF (what did you use there??), and the subtle weathering is super. Just wondering though, did you get the shakes spending so much time on something that doesn't have a radial and 8 x .50's ? Cheers, D
MAY 16, 2010 - 07:05 AM
Thanks fellas. I managed just enough time at the bench last week to paint the instument shroud a scale black. The nmf is various shades of Alclad and the weathering was streaked with very thin Tamiya smoke and also Tamiya Buff. I thought it was a bit overdone but once the last washes and varnish were on it worked out just right,,,bit of a moment though! Working on something without a radial?,,it was lovely to not have to add an ignition harness etc!, probably knocked about 3 days off the build Nige
MAY 16, 2010 - 02:21 PM
nice one mate! you've got this alclad stuff off to a fine art. which alclads did you use btw.
MAY 17, 2010 - 04:56 AM
Eh up Phil. I think its an Aluminium base coat and then white alli, dark alli and probably another couple of shades. Its been a while since I painted it and I dont really have a set formula for it. Just use whatever I have most of at the time for the base coat and fill a few panels in with other shades. Technical or wot? Nige
MAY 19, 2010 - 02:26 PM
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