Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang

I’ve heard a lot about this kit since it was released so when my son asked me what I wanted for Xmas I requested this as a gift. As I knew it was coming I ordered a few goodies such as Eduard Brassin wheels and exhaust stacks (both types just in case) plus an Eduard ZOOM set for the cockpit and HGW seat belts.
I wasn’t really planning on starting it straight away but after seeing a couple of builds online I decided to open the box and get cracking as the last time I built a Mustang ended in failure and it went to land fill.
The very first job was to remove the moulded on seat belts and seat cushion so using a Trumpeter micro chisel the detail was scraped off, smoothed out with wet and dry paper then I run liquid glue over it, the side rails were replace with strip styrene;

The interior is quite busy due to the intake duct for the oil cooler, cockpit and tail wheel housing and it will need careful painting. The cockpit side panels have a couple of pin marks present that require filling so this was done with a blob of superglue and when set will be sanded down.
As I’m using a pre-painted etch set I’ll need to match the colour then add the etch when the cockpit is painted. This bit will be interesting as there are three different colours involved such as cockpit green, black and aluminium so some painting will be required before gluing it all together such as the oil cooler intake duct and tail wheel bay.

Edit; I should add that I actually started this kit last week but even so to get the cockpit roughly painted in such a short time is unusual for me as it normally takes me weeks to open the box. Anyway I sprayed it all black first then mixed up some Tamiya XF-4 Yellow and XF-5 Green until I got a shade as near as dammit to Interior Green, the oil cooler intake duct will be sprayed with Vallejo Metal Colour aluminium tomorrow.
After this I’ll smarten up the interior with some brush painting, fix the seat belts in then give it a pin wash with dark brown or similar. I should then be able to glue the fuselage together.

Published by andyk21

I've been a modelmaker for a verrry long time and still show no signs of growing out of it after 50 plus years. I mainly build tanks, aircraft and paint figures but generally do whatever takes my fancy whether it's historical, Science-fiction, a 'what-if' or because it has pretty colours and looks nice. I'm hoping that you find my blog interesting and useful, particularly if building a model that I have built and documented here.

2 thoughts on “Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang

  1. Hiya! After cleaning up plastic surfaces I brush liquid glue over the part to (A) smooth it out and (B) the glue dissolves any swarf. It's recommended after rescribing panel lines too


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