Previously purchased, it is difficult to buy it now. I try to build this 1/144 scale P-51D.
It might be irregular, 4 canopies were included. It’s very delicate and seems nice kit.
I can choose the pattern from these three types in beautiful Cartograf decal sheet.
I painted the cockpit and built them roughly.
Propeller need a pretty fine work, these blades to be attached to the spinner one by one. The legs have a good mold even 1/144 including wheels.
A canopy was masked carefully, aiming at clean completing.
It is red and yellow colorful spraying. The painting of such a bright body is fun.
This time I tried to use the Gaia color silver. It’s shining beautifully.
I made a mistake the order of the paint masking. It is the painting preparation for the olive-drab nose.
I used my airbrush even small areas so the paint surface became very smooth.
I attached the decals on the backside, it’s almost completed.
Left aircraft is done the inking. After all, it’s good with accents, even as it is the minimum scale of 1/144.
While the other kit putty drying, I have begun to assemble it. Recently I have had many kits on assembly stage, these 1/144 scale kit seems easy, but the truth they have many processes to complete.
It’s easy to form. However, the narrow panel line molds will be gone, even I did a small filing.
According to the manual, the body of the 47th fighter squadron has two antennas of the cockpit rear, and addition work to attach an antenna to the nose undersurface is demanded. I thought to skip because it is too careful work, but it’s easily attached by the chopped small plastic parts. And I have some extent of a self-satisfaction.
The decals of the propeller are very small and I think it gains a precise feeling.
Masking works often required a thin tape pasting on a small part.
This marking is P-51D-20NA 44-63882 “Lil Butch” 47th Fighter Squadron, 15th Fighter Group Iwo Jima, 1945.
A black belt with a yellow edge of the spinner, the vertical tail, the main wing and the horizontal tail is the squadron color of 47th FS.
I did the inking on the fuselage underside. My preference of this size is not so much weathering, in particular, silver aircraft.
A canopy should have been finished a little more neatly. I do not worry too much about the canopy when decorating it on the shelves.
The second Mustang is silver and red body.
The marking is P51D-15-NA 44-15569 “Bunnie” Capt. Roscoe C. Brown (Tuskegee Airmen) 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, Italy 1944.
The Tuskegee Airmen were a pilot unit of only blacks that have been trained in Tuskegee base of Alabama. It was called Red Tails from the feature of the marking of a fuselage.
There was still racial discrimination in a military unit. And often share a black with a white in those days.
According to a manual, Tuskegee Airmen were the military unit which is famous as the American first black squadron, and Captain Brown is the legendary black pilot who shot down Me262 for the first time in the 15th Air Force.
It’s amazing to shoot down the Me262 jet in propeller aircraft.
Because the antenna line penetrated a canopy and let it go through to the back of the seat, I made a hole in a canopy carefully. A canopy was thin and penetrated by considerably sensitive work.
I do not touch it willingly anymore after having attached an extra-fine antenna.
Surface finishing was rough.
The inking panel lines are seen well and not seen clearly depending on an angle.
Probably it is fun to line up the various markings of 1/144 size. Mustang is cool, so I’d like to make 1/48 scale sometime.