Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang - by Ron O'Neal - Round Rock, Texas

Here are some photos of my second 1/32 Tamiya P-51 Mustang. I included the fabulous Barracuda Studios cockpit stencils, plus I used the outstanding build tips in the ADH book “How to Build the Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang," especially your section on the cockpit and wheel wells.
I added a lot of detail behind the seat and around the rear fuselage tank, but in the end none of it was visible.  Next time, I’ll add radio wires behind the seat and along the cockpit sidewalls, refine some of the visible details, and call it a day. 

I puttied the panel lines on the wings. It was extra work, but adds a little visual variation with the paneled fuselage. I assumed that when the ground crew removed the upper invasion stripes from Preddy’s plane, they just painted silver over the stripes.

 The fit of the kit is just remarkable, precise enough that some of the trickier areas to paint were painted first, and then attached to the model.
The finish is Alclad II over Tamiya gloss black.  Panel variation was accomplished by extra passes of the standard Alclad II aluminum, plus dark and white aluminum. Factory and field photos show acid wash along panel lines (visible along the belly scoop). This was done by hand brushing Rub 'n Buff silver.  Another detail was painting over fuselage stencils with clear amber.  When these markings were applied on the real thing, varnish was hand brushed over the stencils to protect them from fuel and oil.  The varnish quickly yellowed in the field.

Barracuda Studios products used:
ADH016 How To Build Tamiya's 1:32 P-51D Mustang
BC32010 P-51D Mustang Cockpit Stencils and Placards
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