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Tamiya 1:48 P-51K Mustang
This is the tenth build in my Mustang
series. This build represents Donna-mite, a P-51K flown by Lt. Leroy Pletz of the 353rd Fighter Group 352nd Fighter
Squadron of the 8th AAF. The aircraft carried the code SX-M(bar) and was serial number 44-11624. The P-51K was essentially the same as
the P-51D, but due to shortages of the Hamilton-Standard propellor, was fitted with an Aeroproducts item. The P-51K also had a slightly
different profile to the canopy.
Serial number: 44-11624
Pilot: Leroy O. Pletz
Kit: Tamiya 1:48 P-51D Mustang
In addition to the kit, I also plan to use the following aftermarket parts:
|(1) I’m just about ready to close up the fuselage. All of the
interior bits are installed or ready to be installed. The True Details sidewalls have
been painted and weathered with a wash of black oil paint.
|(2) I added a little extra detail to the True Details
cockpit floor. Probably the biggest was an instrument panel from an
A.M.U.R. Reaver detail set.
|(3) I really love the True Details seat.
|(4) The fuselage has been closed up and clamped. Time to walk
away and let the cement set up.
|(5) The wings and horizontal stabilizers are on and I’ve been working
on cleaning up the seams.
|(6) The whole airframe received a coat of Alclad Black Primer. Any
remaining issues with seams were cleaned up and the primer was touched up. The control surfaces
got a coat of Alclad SemiMatte Aluminum. When that was dry, the wings were painted with Mr. Color
Super Silver. On the fuselage, the area around the exhuasts received a mix of Alclad Magnesium and
Aluminum. When that was dry, all of the painted surfaces, along with a few random panels, were masked
and everything else was painted with Alclad Aluminum. When that was dry, the random panels got a coat
of Alclad Dark Aluminum and then those and the exhaust panels got a light overcoat of Aluminum to tone
down the contrast.
|(7) The Eagle Strike decals have been a joy to work with. Donna-mite is starting to
look like a Mustang.
|(8) My model of Donna-mite is complete. The droptanks are from Eduard and are painted
with Alclad Semi-Matte Aluminum.
|(9) Straight-on side view. The nav light was colored using Tamiya’s Clear Red.
|(10) I think I got the rear-view mirror atop the canopy on right, but the Tamiya instructions
do not mention it at all.