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Airfix P-51 Mustang built for the "My First Airfix Kit Group Build"

September 26 2011 at 7:29 PM
Greg in OK  (Login Greg7AC)
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This is posted on the Airfix forum too but since it was a 1/72 scale kit I thought that I might put a related post here.

Built for the My First Airfix kit group build (MFAKGB) I redid the Mustang I first built several decades ago.

This is the old Airfix boxing of the Mustang,

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The major issues with the kit were hundreds of rivets, heavy RAISED panel lines and a cockpit that looked like two 5 gallon pails were glued inside the plane for the pilot to sit (uncomfortably) on.

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Before the heavy sanding I used the raised panel lines to help me etch in new panel lines next to the one ones.

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After that step it was time to sand, and sand, and sand, and........

I 'found' a spare cockpit (as in I stole it from the Testor's Snap-Tite Mustang, which is now complete except for the cockpit, I'll worry about that only if I get around to building it). I also installed the magnetic stand at this point.

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I chose some aftermarket decals, careful selected for a 'D' verion WITHOUT the tail filet and added some spare (they really were spare this time) paper droptanks from an Academy kit. I also drilled out the ehaust stacks.

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I fanally ender up with this....

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All in all, a very fun build!

Greg in OK

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