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Eduard P-51D Mustang Shu Shu; UPDATE: 5/18/24: THE FRONT OFFICE


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EDUARD P-51D MUSTANG

Shu Shu

Maj. Norman M. McDonald, CO 318th FS, 325th FG, 15th AF

Mondolfo, Italy April 1945

The Kit

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Shu Shu

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My next project is one of the Mustangs from Eduard’s Limited Run Red Tails & Company Dual set. Initial review of the parts; the details are amazing, with masks and PE included but no resin parts as this is not a Profi Line kit. 

My build plans are for an OOB build with a NMF fuselage and lacquer painted aluminum wings. There are no rivets at all on the wings but there are the major panel lines, which I plan right now on leaving. Decals are Eduards new style and I’m planning on removing the carrier film from the fuselage but not removing it on the rest of the Mustang.

Finish is going to be a combination of Alclad and AK Metallics and Vallejo Metallics for the wings right now.

Starting work later today.

 

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Thanks John

I once saw a 32nd scale Hasegawa kit on display at the old Squadron Shop in Syosset with this scheme and always wanted to build a Mustang with this scheme. 

 

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I have the same kit so looking forward to your work, especially with the decals.  You've worked with them before to great effect. The scheme is definitely eye catching.

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THE FRONT OFFICE 

The more time I spent working on the front office and marveled at the details, I am constantly being reminded of all the Tamiya 32nd scale Mustangs I’ve built – Eduard's detail and molding is that good for 48th scale. Molded parts are crisp and detailed, enhanced with an excellent painted cockpit PE set. 

No resin is included and that’s fine. I did add some Quinta details to the office from my spares box including the seatbelts and harnesses as I wasn’t crazy about the PE ones. With PE, I prefer to glue them in place prior to painting and then would need to struggle to hand paint them. I just replaced them with Quinta’s offering.

I used a host of paints for the front office, both airbrushed and brush painted:

MRP, AK Real Colors, Model Air, Tamiya Acrylics, Ammo by Mig and AK Metallics, all were applied over a base MRP Black Primer. Loads of dry brushing to bring out the incredible details with Tamiya Sky and Medium Gray.

To help with the blacks, both the fuel tank and office floor were painted with Tamiya Rubber Black as these parts were part rubber to start with.

The IP and rudder pedal assemblies are finished as well but are to be added much later in the build.

Even though all my other Eduard Mustangs have PE frets included with the kits, I’ll be adding the appropriate Quinta sets as well.

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  • Peterpools changed the title to Eduard P-51D Mustang Shu Shu; UPDATE: 5/18/24: THE FRONT OFFICE

Thanks Rob, much appreciated.

I've also been eying that kit as well as their dual boxing set for the P-51B Overlord set.  The Royal boxing seems to be a better option as it comes with the SPace IP set, resin, foam masking for the gear bays and the medallion - all of which the dual boxing doesn't include.  I used the PE set (included in both kits) for the IP and detailing and it just isn't in the league of 3D resin sets.

  

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