North American F-51 Mustang Title

Model Details

Kit:
Airfix N/A F-51D Mustang, 1/72nd scale.

Detailing Items:
"Out Of Box" with Eduard seatbelts .

Paint:
Xtracrylix, Mr Hobby, Tamiya and Alclad paints.

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North American F-51D Mustang "Korean War"
I will not bore you with the building details of this model, it is exactly the same as the RAF Mustang I built, so refer to that model for all of the building description. All that I am going to talk about is the painting side of this model, the same will happen once I get around to building the other two new tooling Airfix Mustangs in my stash.
The aircraft is really a P-51, they just reclassified them to "F" when their role was changed after WWII. The subject of this model was from the 12th Fighter Bomber Squadron in the 18th Fighter Bomber Group based in Korea during 1952. From my research, the aircraft were actually painted silver during this time, but I wanted to do something different. Using "modellers license", this aircraft is a preserved example in natural metal finish instead of painted silver. I think these birds look better in natural metal than painted silver anyhow. So, after giving the model a coat of Alclad's grey micro primer,and honey base, the whole model was airbrushed with Alclad's Airframe Aluminium and left to dry overnight. Next I picked out various panels using dark, dull and duraluminium followed by a coat of Alclad's aqua gloss clear. Next the antiglare black was sprayed in front of the cockpit and the yellow tips on the end of the wings and tail top. The decals were now added to the model and sealed with another coat of aqua gloss, with a coat of thinned matt clear over the antiglare black. Final detail painting was carried out before final assembly of the model was done. I fitted the wire aerial using the same method as on the RAF Mustang, through the canopy and tail top. As this was being a preserved example of the aircraft, the only weathering that I did was around he undercarriage gear and bays, exhausts and chips on the propeller. I felt that it would be nice to keep this model nice and clean, I will do a weather version of the F-51 when I build my 1/48th scale version.
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