North Africa and the Desert Wars GB - Dads Army's P-51

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8 years 1 week ago #61 by Wally
I'm a great fan of excessive paint chipping and weathering myself DA. I reckon it looks just the thing.
I don't really understand about not using the yellow wing stripe decals though. Was the yellow colour not dense enough to cover the OD?
Anyhow, you're on the home straight now old son so give it hell mate ... which is probably rather what the conditions in North Africa were actually like.
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8 years 5 days ago #62 by Dads Army
Cheers Wally, I couldn't get the decals to sit "right" and decided to leave them off.

Just waiting for the topside oil wash to dry and maybe a clear flat coat after lunch ;-)

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8 years 4 days ago #63 by Tiger
Nice DA :-)
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8 years 3 days ago #64 by Dads Army
I'm going to call this one done - I had fun, learnt a bit along the way, not that happy with the final product but at least I can improve on the next one!!











Cheers for watching guys :-)

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8 years 3 days ago #65 by Kiwimav
Looks great. Like the weathering.

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8 years 3 days ago #66 by grunzter
Yeh same, like these P51's and markings, so much more mean than the bare metal bubble tops!
Looks good to me.
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8 years 3 days ago #67 by Dads Army
Cheers guys :-)

Wally wrote: DA, test your Micro Flat on something else first. It may not be worth it. I'm getting a good semi-gloss finish from mine, if you want semi-gloss.
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I had the same issue with Micro Flat, until I thinned it 50/50 with Tamiya acrylic thinners and then I got a "flater" finish ;-)

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8 years 2 days ago #68 by Wally
Interesting about the Micro Flat DA, I'll try it. I have 1 + 1/2 bottles of Tamiya acrylic thinners so this could be a good use to put it to since I use it for little else nowadays.
Is thinned Micro Flat the final finish is on your Mustang? If so, I'm surprised how flat you got it.
I reckon your Mustang looks great. Excellent painting, chipping and weathering and I love your exhaust stain.
Hope you're not hiding anything from us by only showing us the port side?
Considering what the kit and you went through I'm very glad you finished it.
Cheers
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8 years 2 days ago #69 by Dads Army
Thanks Wally :-)
The oil wash really helped to tone it down but the flat coat gave the oils something to bite into. The Micro Flat alone wouldn't have flatened it quite as much alone.

Starboard side - probably got carried away with the exhaust stain, see what you think?








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8 years 2 days ago #70 by Wally
Yep, it's pushing the envelope a bit I reckon but who knows what a particular engine mightn't have spat down that relatively new OD paintwork ...?
Damn those gun barrels look good too!
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8 years 2 days ago #71 by 1/35th Battalion
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:lol: looks like she's running pretty lean to me :evil: :whistle:

Great weathering and chipping DA. Good to see you and the plane make it to the line . . .

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8 years 2 days ago - 8 years 2 days ago #72 by Dads Army
Thanks Dave :-)
It was quite a frustrating build and I'm sure if wasn't a Group Build it probably would never have been finished. I appreciate the encouragement you guys gave me along the way


I was using this photo as a reference for the exhaust staining and although I'm quite happy with the port side I hashed the starboard side (twice) and wasn't keen on having a third go at it.



I did try to copy the rain effect which has caused the runs in the exhaust stain in the photo, but hashed that too.

I've had enough of the desert - off to a more tropical climate with a new bird ;-)

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8 years 2 days ago #73 by Glenn
Nice work DA,good to see your bird got finished.
At first I thought maybe add some black to the exhaust stain,but now seeing your B/W photo maybe add the rain effect with some olive green,would have worked a treat with some hair spray,Like a white wash on a tank :)

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8 years 2 days ago #74 by Dads Army
Thanks Glenn :-)
I had a good coat of acrylic flat clear protecting the paint and oils, then airbrushed the exhaust stain and once that dried I tried using thinners as the rain, but even with a 000 brush I couldn't get it right. I must try the hairspray technique some time.

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8 years 2 days ago #75 by Glenn
I reckon a new #1 round da vinci brush works better than a 000 for fine lines

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8 years 2 days ago #76 by Dads Army

Glenn wrote: I reckon a new #1 round da vinci brush works better than a 000 for fine lines

Wow, I just googled that brush and it looks real good, I'll keep my eye out for one next time I go to the city.

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8 years 2 days ago - 8 years 2 days ago #77 by Glenn
Its a fine brush DA
And they hold there tip if you look after them,
Here is a new one and one thats been used every day for about 2 months,


I dropped into art shop today and stocked up,Gordon harris stocks them also
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