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I am moving this from the Pacific GB just so I can keep on keeping on. As I said earlier, I had cause to drop out of that GB so I can build this for a friend of mine. More on the scheme later.

 

This is a way better kit than the ZM P-51. I am thoroughly enjoying this build. So far I have the pit done, the side walls done, engine done and the inter cooler/radiator done and then test fit. I monged out and tried to close up a gap behind the pit but after about 30 minutes of squeezing things together and them not fitting did I come to the realization that maybe it was supposed to be like that. Really?

I really like this oil wash technique. I am glad I finally decided to work it.

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this pic is quite a bit over exposed and grainy

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Here you maybe able to see that I wrinkled the cushion.

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thanks for watching.

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Nice one! Only seeing this build now. 

Can you get the seat belts draped some more?

I assume they're PE?

 

Love to see more. Great work.

Yes I could but they are the kits stainless and not brass so it may be quite difficult now.

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Well quite a bit of the Fuselage and the engine compartment are done. I reeeelly love this kit. Did I mention how much I love this kit?
so far seams and gaps are nonexistent and the only issue I have is from a mistake I made assembling the engine and that caused it not to line up straight. Now the top frame strap didnt follow suit so it may have some sort of a fit issue there.

right and left front frame pieces here.
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Not as many hoses and pipes as the Tamiya Spitfire kit but this time it ran fairly well for me in its assembly.
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I also had time to put the tail plane together and it fit like a glove.
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I am going to attempt the Hurry Home Honey (early) which was in the Dragon kit. I kept the decals and tossed the kit because the tail was short shot.

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Got the wings assembled and installed plus I only displayed one gun bay and ammo belt, I figured that's good enough. All through out this build I have wondered what it is like to have your best and I think with the way this kit is going so far, I may find out in out a couple of weeks.

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The wings went on pretty well with only a small gap in the fit but it still does fit like a glove. Really, Dollar signs are flashing past my eyes as I think of other Tamiya kits yet to build.

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I even feel cocky enough to attempt another figure but this time with a bit more attention to detail and not rushing to get any thing done. I could use some pointer on this guy. I still have to get the paint stripped off and re applied and filler in.

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I did a bit of an experiment with  three paints. Alclad polished alum, Vallejo Alum and Vallejo Chrome. Lets see what you think.

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The control is the base coat that I applied. Humbrol gloss black acrylic over Vallejo grey poly primer.

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I love Alclad.  Important to have good surface prep.  Your Humbrol Gloss Black base worked really good.

 

I have had success with this base:

  • Tamiya Black X-1: 1
  • Tamiya Clear X22: 1
  • Mr. Leveling Thinner: 2

 

Applied using thin multiple layers.

 

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I took my time and applied thin coats.  This is almost a dozen passes until I was comfortable with coverage.  I let mine cure for a week.

 

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First overall base of Alclad.

 

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Then various Alclad shades for the panels.

 

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Pre weathering.

 

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Flory Dark Dirt wash applied.

 

Good luck with your Stang!  Looking forward to see this.

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I really am not trying to dispute the quality of alclad Rick. I just dont have the ventilation to shoot that stuff much and I yet have been able to get such a pristine surface prep that it takes. Thats why I use Vallejo and the Tamiya weathering system to get my metal effects. I want to do one one of these days but I guess I am a bit C.S. about the whole thing.

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I really am not trying to dispute the quality of alclad Rick. I just dont have the ventilation to shoot that stuff much and I yet have been able to get such a pristine surface prep that it takes. Thats why I use Vallejo and the Tamiya weathering system to get my metal effects. I want to do one one of these days but I guess I am a bit C.S. about the whole thing.

yes, ventilation is a must with Alclad. 

 

watching for more...

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Alllllll righty then. I decided to go with the rattle can, Tamiya TS-83 for the metal finish and some dark OD for the top. I know it looks a bit bright but I am figuring after weathering it will have some sort of a "used" but not used up look to it.

the spitfire prop is there just because...

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Looks great. I always shy away from metal finishes, so kudos to you!

 

I know what you men about the Tamiya vs ZM kit. The Tamiya fits great, but the ZM needs a rake of filler and a prayer book.

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Nice work so far. If your feeling brave and your confident the decals have adheared properly I would suggest to carefully mask off the offending area in small sections at a time ie one point at a time and spray some pretty well thinned white, two bits of masking tape with no cuts and your away. Just my two cents worth..... cheers Bevan

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