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Default 1:72 Tamiya P-51D

This kit has been on the shelf of doom for years. I had bought this along with an Aires cockpit and a resin wheel well (not sure of the maker). When I started, I cut out the existing wheel well and started sanding down the wheel well until it was see through in many places. I also sanded down the wing where it was to go until it was paper thin. And it wouldn't fit - you couldn't close the wings around the well. And now the wings were ruined.

And so it sat for at least 3 years, maybe 4 until I saw a resin drop-in wing replacement from Obscureco that allowed you to drop the flaps. It was about $15 bucks shipped on eBay and so I bought it. I know I could have bought the kit new for $15 shipped on eBay, but at this point it was the principle of the thing...

And so here it is. My first serious attempt at a bare metal finish (using Alclad II of various persuasions). It has its flaws - I should have spent more time on the join between the flaps and the wing for example - but I'm really pretty happy with it. I haven't weathered it up yet and I'm not sure I'm going to - it looks nice in its shiny state. Most importantly, it's done and off the shelf. Now there's room for something else there.













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Very sharp; great job!

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I like it! I'm a fan of Obscureco, having used their F-8 Crusader wing and getting started on their A-3 Skywarrior cockpit. Can you tell us more about how you went about achieving the NMF? What Alclad colors did you use? Did you prime in grey or black?
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I primed with gray Tamiya rattle can primer as I didn't want a mirror finish. I sanded any roughness out of the surface and then looked with my optivisor for additional areas that weren't super smooth. Sanding use up to 12,000 grit for a nice polish. I used dull aluminum on the wings, dark aluminum on the wing gun panels and white aluminum on the body. In a couple places (I masked off some panels) on the body I overcoated the white aluminum with polished aluminum to vary the reflectivity. I had to go back several times to sand and respray any areas that had a little roughness.

I learned a lot and am looking forward to the next bmf model I do. I learned a lot about finishing in general that I'm applying to the x-47b I'm working on now with good results.
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