D-Day Group Build Entry - P-51D Mustang 1:24 375th USAAF

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7 years 1 month ago #1 by Flying_Kiwi
So i'm building the OLD tool Airfix 1:24th offering - the "Big Beautiful Doll" boxing.

So the dry fit so pretty poor and i'm up for some filling, but i'm up for a bit of scratch building/enhancement with this one also so i'm quite keen.

So first up the nose, i'm going to spare you the details and just say i've taken the engine out and built it closed up, fill sand, fill sand. fill sand re-rivet repeat.

Next the cockpit, first the seat its not so good so into the spares box to spruce it up.



Cut the side bits off use some old lading gear struts and some foil for the cushions









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7 years 1 month ago #2 by Flying_Kiwi
So i have bought the Eduard Placard and the seatbelt set - which is worth the money as you get two full sets of seat belts. and i bought a cheapy transfer set for the instrument dials

I wanted to cut up the cockpit sides and add a bit of wire and space it out a bit. as well as scratch build a few levers etc that are presented in the kit.






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7 years 1 month ago #3 by Flying_Kiwi
Add Paint and Placards and do a bit more to the seat and floor....



Add seat belts....


And then do the instrument panel. Airfix have not got this right the full six is not represented correctly but i'm not going to correct it.


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7 years 1 month ago #4 by Flying_Kiwi
Incidentally this is the scheme i'm going to build



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7 years 1 month ago #5 by Bishop
Looks great so far. The engine could be a build in itself.

Amateur plastic surgeon!

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7 years 1 month ago #6 by Tiger
Great start. Look forward to the rest, judging by the cockpit the rest is going to be awesome :-)
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7 years 3 weeks ago #7 by Flying_Kiwi
Bit more work done....

Cockpit sides done



Glued rear fuse together and let it sit to assess nose fit as this can be horrible on some of the airfix kits, and yes it was some stuff had to be trimmed with the dremel




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7 years 3 weeks ago #8 by Flying_Kiwi
Clamps on! let it cure for a day.... so hard not to touch it.


Horrible seams of the old tooling


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7 years 3 weeks ago #9 by Kiwimav
this build looks great and time consuming. thanks for the updates as this is one of my all time favorite aircraft...actually, any Merlin engined beastie is!
look forward to seeing more. like the super detail you are adding...very well done

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Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.

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7 years 3 weeks ago #10 by Flying_Kiwi
And most of you who know this kit know the wheel bays are non existent, they are only partially there and with NO detail what so ever, so i thought i'd have a go.

Using some plastic card and various types of wire i built a close-ish representation








Mockup with wings on for fit over new wheel bay



and the bench is crowded still need to finish that bloody hurricane


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7 years 3 weeks ago #11 by Flying_Kiwi
Thanks Kiwi mav! P-51 is my fave of all time,... bar none and this is the scheme i would have if i ever owned one... pipe dreams....

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7 years 3 weeks ago - 7 years 3 weeks ago #12 by Flying_Kiwi
better view of the wheel bay before paint'





If the white was not there imagine a void, and that's the standard model...

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7 years 3 weeks ago #13 by Kiwimav
yeah I hear yah there Flying Kiwi...don't have a cool $US1.5mil sitting there to buy one...so, I guess we will have to build plastic eh...I have 5-6 in my stash 1/32 & 1/48

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Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.

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7 years 3 weeks ago #14 by Gary
Looks like a spaceship to me mate :P



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7 years 3 weeks ago #15 by Flying_Kiwi
Too many wires G1??

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7 years 3 weeks ago #16 by IAN
Looks like a lot of effort going in to this build. How are you going to handle that gap in the upper wing/fuselage joint ??

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7 years 3 weeks ago #17 by Flying_Kiwi
Concrete and aggregate ? They aren't joined yet that's a dry fit but the gap is substantial

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7 years 3 weeks ago #18 by Grant
This looks excellent. :cheer:

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7 years 3 weeks ago #19 by Gary
Nah I was refering to post #12 where you said about the wheel bay being white then you posted the picture of your spaceship thing that you were commissioned to do.



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7 years 3 weeks ago #20 by Fritz
Your detailing looks superb! Look forward to seeing more pics.

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7 years 3 weeks ago #21 by IAN

Flying_Kiwi wrote: Concrete and aggregate ?


Not certain that will do it, matey.... have you considered railway sleepers ?? :whistle:

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7 years 3 weeks ago #22 by Flying_Kiwi
Thanks to all for the comments

G1 is that spaceship pic still there it looks like the wheel bay pic to me!? Odd must be
Because the file has the same name

Ian that gap is nothing compared to the spine of the xb70. That one required an engineering report!

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7 years 3 weeks ago #23 by Gary
Thx mate, was my local browser cache trying to be "helpful" like you said it was cos of the file name.
Now I can see it, it's looking good. :D



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7 years 3 weeks ago #24 by Wally
I'm very impressed with the scratch building and detailing Flying Kiwi.
That cockpit looks brilliant and the wheelbay detail really makes a difference. Sets it off.
Great stuff on a large scale.

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7 years 3 weeks ago #25 by Tiger
Awesome :-) This is going to be a beauty
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7 years 4 days ago #26 by Tmax
Any updates on this most excellent build?
Cheers,
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