Christian A. (Login tourist51) HyperScale Forums 126.96.36.199
July 30 2011, 10:59 PM
...the old Revell Smithsonian edition is perfect to build 43-12102 (the bubble canopy prototype) since it has the P-51B wing with a P-51D fuselage (a LOT of work still needs to be done).
There are two cockpit photos of one of the two XP-51D's but nothing else.
...with that Revell 1/32 "P-51D" kit. Another huge problem with it is that it began life as the "Miss America" racer with a goofy, "chopped" canopy profile, and Revell never fixed this, so it still has the racer canopy. At one time Squadron had a 1/32 vac canopy for the Hasegawa kit, and I bought one, but can't find it at the moment.
My other option for that kit is to put a scratchbuilt 1/24 cockpit in it, and a Corvair or small-block Chevy V8 engine in it, build it as a 2/3 scale homebuilt replica, and put in on my model car shelf with the other 1/24-1/25 stuff.
Steel cuts flesh. Steel cuts bone. Steel does not cut steel. --Stephen Hunter, The 47th Samurai.
We will march on a road of bones. --Hunter S. Thompson.
Marty Perry (Login Martosaurus) HyperScale Forums 188.8.131.52
Bud Told A Story
July 31 2011, 1:23 PM
when he came here to give a talk on his career. He had flown over some snow covered mountains in his camouflaged Mustang and noticed how starkly the other painted aitcraft in his squadron stood out against the sylvan backdrop, and made an offhand remark to his crew chief about it after the mission. The next day he went out to his aircraft and was surprised to see it in bright, shiny NMF. His crew had stayed up all night scrubbing off every speck of paint!
I wasn't sure if the kit would have to be modified or backdated to be painted OD. Thanks for the post-war ideas as that wasn't on my radar screen! Those schemes seem to be the most attractive to me!
Hope to see some Mustang builds here on hyperscale!
They still list their 3 sheets as available. On these are included "Frenesi", "Ol'Flack Joe", "Missouri Armada", and "Passion Wagon", under the sheet titles of "To War With the Yoxford Boys" (357th Fighter Group,8th Air Force).
As already said, they were field painted, colors are generally considered British Dark Green over Med. Sea Grey.
David Hannant (Login DHannant) HyperScale Forums 184.108.40.206
July 31 2011, 12:11 PM
If you don't mind a non USAAF machine Xtradecal already have available this decahttp://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X32043 which includes three camouflaged aircraft, one each RAF, RAAF and RCAF as well as three RAF silver aircraft.
North American P-51D Mustang Mk.IV (6) KH655 QV-P 19 Sqn RAF Peterhead; KM680 Y2-B 442 (RCAF) Sqn PO A.J.Mallandine 'Edmonton Special'RAF Hunsdon May; KH755 CV-W 3(RAAF) Sqn 'Anita' Italy; All OD/Dk Grey/Med Grey. KH765 HG-R 154 Sqn Alex Forsyth RAF Hunsdon; KM138 AK-Y 213 Sqn Italy; KM232 JAS Wg.Cdr J.A.Storrer Wing Ldr RAF Hunsdon. All Aluminium. All 1945.
Ready for the new Tamiya kit.
Yes...just not with the markings supplied in the kit
August 1 2011, 2:11 AM
There were plenty of P-51D's that were painted a shade of green or olive drab over grey. Several groups, right after D-Day did so preparing for a move to the continent if necessary. For example the 357th Fighter Group. Just wait a few days and there will be plenty of after market decals available. Right now many are sold out. And new ones will be released especially designed for the Tamiya kit. So...paint away. The only question involved is exactly what shade of green to use...an RAF green shade, Olive Drab, or a US army green. Lots of debate and questions about just what shades were used...probably all three in all honesty. They just used what was handy at the moment.
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