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1/48 P-51B DingHao restoration


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Hi guys, 

 

Over forty years ago, my father brought me the Monogram 1/48 P-51B as a gift. It was my third and first aircraft model. I think it kicked off my love for Mustang,(the following photo is from internet)

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He pionted out that "DingHao" on the plane meant very good in Chinese. I didn't believe him for sure, at the pre-internet time and in non-opened China, only to find out that he was right much later.

 

My father passed away on Sept.14.

 

I know I never throw that model away, but it took me several days to find it in one of the boxes in the model stash. I decide to rebuid the kit, in my father's memory.

 

Igave it a wash and check the parts. It's missing 3 of the gear doors and the tail wheel. As I want to use and much original parts as possible, my worry is that if I can clean the clear part, but I will try my best.

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As I once thought I had lost the old kit, I already started another Mustang, this time from Tamiya. I looks like the old kit will take more time to restore, I am going to build both kits simutaneously.

 

I used Aires cockpit, it took quite some time to dry fit the parts. 

The interior was painted with AK's RC028 interior green.

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It's slightly lighter that the Gunze C351, as shown in the following pic, another Mustang I am building.

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I also have AK's US interior set, there is a "yellow-green", as following on Arma's Mustang, but it looks wield, I later e-painted it with RC028.

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The Aires interior parts are painted and lightly weathered.

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The main wheel well is also from Aires, I've read that it's more like a A well than B, but I just use it as it's the one available. There is no better ways to paint the YZC ribs so I end up to hand paint them with my shaky hand, I hope the later weathering will hide the defects.

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Next is filling the panels on the wings, one is down, two to go,..

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The above is the first few days work. I hope you like it. Please fell free to give any commnets.

 

Bye,

Chris

 

 

 

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Hi guys, 

Just a little bit update.

 

The aires wheel well was a problem. When the wing was glued to the fuselage, the upper part of the wing didn't match the fuselage. I had to open the glued right wing, thinned the wheel well roof and the upper right wing part quite a lot, then glue them back together. It took me days to do the job. Some fixing and sanding is still needed.

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The recess area on the flapis wrong, so it was filled with plastic card and sand smooth.

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After checking with blace paint , the bare metal area was paimted aluminum.

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As well as other small parts...

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In the mean while, I opened the fusepage of the old kit. I forget what glue I used but luckily they didn't glue the parts to well, not model glue I think.

The cockpit detail is actually better thean I expected, so I decide to keep them. Adding a instrucment panel is mostly enough.

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I don't know what Maj.Howard had eaten that day, aka why I painted him like that...

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Thanks for watching, 

Chris

 

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Hi guys,

 

This is not really a update, we sent father to his final resting place yesterday.

 

Today I tested rescribing the panel lines. I used the raised ones as templated, it worked OK as the plastic was soft. The piece on the right is the rescribed one,

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Bye,

Chris

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20 hours ago, Geoff M said:

Sorry to hear about your father.  Prayers for your comfort.  Modelling can take your mind off things for awhile.

 

 

 

Thanks for your kind words.

Also, by doing this project, I got the chance to relive our times together.

Chris

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