1/48 Hasagawa P-51D Mustang (RAAF AM-G)

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  1. Peebs

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    Hi All,
    Been quite a while since I've posted here, Life has transpired to leave
    me no time to build models for quite a period, but finally have
    some time to get back and enjoy this favored past time.

    After having attended the recent RAAF 100 years of aviation air show at
    RAAF Wiliams, Pt. Cook here in Melbourne, and seeing one of my favorite planes,
    the RAAF museum's P-51D Mustang, i decided it would be fun to build a model of it.

    I found this reference online:- A68-750 (AM-G) was the personal mount of Sqn Ldr Ron Susans (circa late 1946, early 1947)
    whilst at 77 Squadron, Labuan before the squadron was transferred to Iwakuni Japan where
    they seved until October 1950 when they were again transferred to Korea and the scheme was changed.

    Having done some more investigation it seems Susans DSO DFC had quite an extensive career during and post war
    flying different aircraft, and was appointed Commanding Officer of 77 Squadron in 1952, see attached link

    09 Jan 1952 - TO LEAD 77 SQUADRON Appointment In Korea

    From ADF Serials webpage :- A68-750 Type North American P-51D-25-NT U.S. serial number 44-84489

    Received 6 AD ex USA on 06/08/45.
    Issued 77 Sqn 12/11/45.
    Served in Japan with 77 Sqn.
    Returned to Aust in Nov 1948 and issued 78 Wing (Williamtown) 01/12/48.
    On 30/11/50 allocated to School Land/Air Warfare.
    On 15/03/51, approval given for conversion to components after removal of the engine.
    History Card says intent was to use parts of the airframe as a target.
    On 1/4/52 balance issued to DAP for disposal.
    The real A68-750 is stored in California USA, pending restoration.
    It did have the registration VH-POB reserved but that is now available for allocation.
    The aircraft flying as A68-750 is really A68-170.


    so it would appear the RAAF museum's P51 is A68-170, painted to represent A68-750

    again from ADF serials:- A68-170 type CA-18 Mk.23

    Delivered 1 AD ex CAC on 23/02/50.
    Issued 78 Wing 20/07/50.
    Had an engine failure and belly landed at
    Williamtown on 30/09/1951 (repaired). Issued No.2 OTU 04/04/52.
    Issued 23 (City of Brisbane) Sqn 02/11/53.
    To 3 AD on 12/03/56.
    Transferred to ATC on 07/03/59.
    Was at Toowoomba QLD on display in 1964.
    To RAAF Museum Point Cook
    Named Duffy's Delight
    Underwent 10 year restoration to airworthiness
    Registered VH-SVU 28/08/95
    Flown marked as A68-750/G-AM .
     
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    The Kit:

    P51D001.jpg

    P51D002.jpg
     
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    Was a bit disappointed to find the aussie decals 'sharkmouth' was black where as the RAAF museum's example has a
    red 'sharkmouth', but then I found Ventura Decals that has it in red. The eyes with the ventura set are black were the actual
    plane they are red, but Aussie Decals has red eyes, so will be a bit of a mix n match to get what I want!

    P51D003.jpg

    P51D004.jpg
     
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    Great info and awaiting the build. Just finished Tamiya's P-51 and I'm curious to see how this builds up.

    Geo
     
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    The blurb form Ventura Decals Suggests A68-750 was fitted with an uncuffed
    Hamilton Standard propeller On examining the Kit prop blades and comparing them with
    photos of the RAAF plane i find that they are cuffed or sometihng totally different
    whereas the RAAF plane is indeed cuffless, so I now have a Red Roo models
    "DeHavilland Australia 'Cuffless Paddle' Propeller Blades for CAC Mustang' set coming my
    way.

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    A question for you learned gentlemen out there, here is a few photos of the plane in
    question from Airlines.net, the aircraft is NMF but obviously not 'polished and Shiney'
    like a lot of P51's you see in model or real form, suggestions on paint?

    AMG002.jpg

    AMG003.jpg

    AMG004.jpg
     
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    Nice Peebs, here's a period photo mate.
     

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    Good stuff so far. The 'modern' silver finish is a coating, not nmf, but as far as I now, aircraft in service were bare metal, apart from, of course, the wing, which was puttied, polished, and painted silver.
    If you want to replicate the 'modern' finish, or even the 'painted' wing, then a drop of gloss white added to silver should do the trick.
     
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    And another scan of the image above... found viat the net.

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    Fuselage defiantly looks like it's unpainted in the period photos. I'll also be interested in how the Hasegawa kit compares to the Tamiya
     
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    Hi Guys,
    Thanks for the info, especially the period pics which I hadn’t come across before.
    Haven’t decided to go for the modern finish as per the RAAF Museum’s aircraft
    or go with the NMF of the period.

    Had some time over the weekend to make a start. For the cockpit floor I first hand painted it
    Tamiya XF-60 Dark Yellow with a larger brush with pretty rough brush strokes to try and give it
    A grainy appearance, then covered it with flat black, left it a few mins to partially dry then rubbed
    It over with a Q tip to simulate some wear and tear.



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    Nice worn wooden floor.

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    Not bad so far...
     
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    Good work so far!
     
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    Finally some spare time after work commitments took me interstate for 10 days..

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    Hasegawa innards paint up nicely.

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