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PostPosted: January 2nd, 2018, 8:57 pm 
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The business must have been under re-organization but is up and operating again. Watch this space.

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Next on the bench.

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Nice day on the bench. These photos are of the preliminary work in the cockpit area.

I was a bit bothered by the pilots seat and the cross hatching of the back pad. I felt also I would replace the belts as the lap belt is a separate piece mounted to the seat back. But after the original color was sprayed on, gloss coat added, I proceeded with a wash of dark brown (Testors Rubber 1183). The result satisfied me.

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The instrument panel decal worked very well settling onto the raised detailing. Note the outline separating the "Sacred Six" instruments just like the real deal.

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Port and starboard fuselage halves painted and washed with decal placards added. Still have throttle quadrant, and oxygen feeder hose to add.


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Fuselage fuel tank and radio package has to be painted yet.

So for starting out I am impressed.

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Looks a good kit Jeff and you've made a nice start too. Any fit issues at all so far?

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Thanks Iggie. I moved ahead a few steps and test fit the fuselage halves. Got a great fit. Hope to get that far later today.

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Great start Jeff - Looks like a nice kit.

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It's good to see Airfix's new 1/48th pony on the go, Jeff. I like the IP and placard decals and cockpit detail generally but I'm less keen on that cross-hatched seat, which seems to be a little overdone perhaps but then again I'm no expert on P-51 interiors! Great work so far.

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I have the cockpit prep where I want it now. Again, the only issue I have with the seat back cushion. Even a quilted look would have been better. But it is just my opinion. Overall I think Airfix scores high in this area.


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As a test fit I placed the elongated tub into the fuselage halves and things lined up perfectly.



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There is still a fair amount of work to do before glue is applied. he entire radiator and trunking plus the tail wheel bay. So that hopefully will be the next installment.

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Seat back issues aside, that is a great looking cockpit straight out of the box made better of course by your excellent painting. I've been thinking for a while that it's time I built another quarter scale Mustang, I've done the Tamiya one in the past and that would have been my first choice. Not any more!

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Ready to start putting stuff inside the fuselage halves now.

Here is the tail wheel bay.


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The radiator gills received a black wash.


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And here is the entire unit ready to mount

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That all looks very neat, and a lot of detail in that tail wheel bay!

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That's lot of sub-assembly, how well did it go together?

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Here is the state of play so far.

All of the innards are placed into the fuselage half. There is a lot going on there.


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The fuselage halves are mated together and there was only one issue with fit. There are two panels that run vertical from just in front of the tail wheel bay and no matter how I twisted, turned, re-aligned the piece would not fit without a pronounced step.

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So I filed and sanded and filled the area and am slowly getting it whipped into shape. So to answer Stuarts question, the fit has been flawless up to this point and even then a little extra muscle is taking care of it.

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So now it is on to the wing assembly. Looking forward to the change of scene.


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Great work, Jeff. My resolution not to buy any more kits this year is starting to crumble. I'm currently going through a bit of a WW II warbirds phase (most of my aircraft builds are Cold War jets) and I want one of these, I shouldn't because I've got enough kits, but I want one!

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Wow! Airfix certainly gives you your money's worth. I don't think I have ever seen a P-51 tailwheel bay with that much detail, certainly in 1/48. Maybe Tamiya did it in 1/32.
You have done a fabulous job painting and shading all the interior bits.

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