P-51D MUSTANG U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE FIGHTER PLATZ 1/144

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 BOX PACKAGEPreviously purchased, it is difficult to buy it now. I try to build this 1/144 scale P-51D.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 MAKINGIt might be irregular, 4 canopies were included. It’s very delicate and seems a nice kit.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 MAKINGI can choose the pattern from these three types in beautiful Cartograf decal sheet.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 MAKINGI painted the cockpit and built them roughly.
(30-March-2016)

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 MAKINGPropeller needs 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.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 MAKINGA canopy was masked carefully, aiming at clean completing.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 PAINTINGIt is red and yellow colorful spraying. The painting of such a bright body is fun.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 PAINTINGThis time I tried to use the Gaia color silver. It’s shining beautifully.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 PAINTINGI made a mistake the order of the paint masking. It is the painting preparation for the olive-drab nose.
(08-April-2016)

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 PAINTINGI used my airbrush even small areas so the paint surface became very smooth.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 PAINTINGI attached the decals on the backside, it’s almost completed.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 PAINTINGLeft aircraft is done the inking. After all, it’s good with accents, even as it is the minimum scale of 1/144.
(11-April-2016)

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKWhile the other kit putty drying, I have begun to assemble it. Recently I have had many kits on the assembly stage, these 1/144 scale kit seems easy, but the truth they have many processes to complete.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKIt’s easy to form. However, the narrow panel line molds will be gone, even I did a small filing.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKAccording to the manual, the body of the 47th fighter squadron has two antennas of the cockpit rear, and additional 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.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKThe decals of the propeller are very small and I think it gains a precise feeling.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKP-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKMasking works often required a thin tape pasting on a small part.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKThis marking is P-51D-20NA 44-63882 “Lil Butch” 47th Fighter Squadron, 15th Fighter Group Iwo Jima, 1945.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKA 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.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKI did the inking on the fuselage underside. My preference for this size is not so much weathering, in particular, silver aircraft.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKA canopy should have been finished a little more neatly. I do not worry too much about the canopy when decorating it on the shelves.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKThe second Mustang is silver and red body.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKThe marking is P51D-15-NA 44-15569 “Bunnie” Capt. Roscoe C. Brown (Tuskegee Airmen) 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, Italy 1944.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKThe Tuskegee Airmen were a pilot unit of only blacks that have been trained in a Tuskegee base of Alabama. It was called Red Tails from the feature of the marking of a fuselage.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKThere was still racial discrimination in a military unit. And often share a black with a white in those days.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKAccording 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.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKIt’s amazing to shoot down the Me262 jet in propeller aircraft.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKBecause 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.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKI do not touch it willingly anymore after having attached an extra-fine antenna.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKSurface finishing was rough.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKThe inking panel lines are seen well and not seen depending on an angle.

P-51D MUSTANG PLATZ 1/144 FINISHED WORKProbably 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.
(17-April-2016)

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