Dirk's 1/72 Academy P-51A Mustang Captain Paul Hexter's "Razzle Dazzle" Mustang

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  1. dirkpitt289

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    Everyone know about the P-51 Mustang. The Mustang is the most famous aircraft of World War II and arguably of all time. We've seen the mustang in all types of dress such as Olive drab to the shinny NMF and even the flashy racer models after the war. My goal is to do something a bit different. In 1942 USAAF Captain Paul Hexter designed a black and white dazzle camouflage paint scheme reminiscent of a WWI warship. While it was moderately successful, the application and maitenance of the scheme was labor intensive and ultimately not adopted.

    The P-51 Mustang was used to test a paint scheme to confuse an opponent's perception of the aircraft's orientation in flight. The pattern was painted in black and white and was identical on both sides of the fuselage. The upper surfaces of the wings, tail and fuselage were painted in olive drab. A single US insignia was painted on the upper port wing.

    The Razzle Dazzle Mustang

    This is our subject before the dazzle was applied

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    In flight

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    The Kit

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    More to follow

    Thanks for looking
     
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    Gonna be a interesting scheme
     
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    I had the same idea some time ago, and I will build it one day.

    And it will be very interesting to see how this actually may be made.
     
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    Very cool subject!

    Would not the direction the plane was flying in kinda hint at it's orientation?
     
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    Thanks guys

    @ Tim, I love the odd and rare schemes. Stay tuned for my Brewster Buffalo coming soon. depending how I feel I might do them as a twin build.

    @ Marshall, I hope I can do it justice. So far I've only seen one model made and it was a 1/48 scale kit. I'm not trying to be rude or condescending but there is a bud difference doing this paint scheme in 1/72 vs 1/48.
     
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    You are right, I too think that this paint scheme will be harder to do in 1/72 than in 1/48.
     
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    I just hope I can do it justice.
     
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    All your models have been VERY impressive so far, this one will be a stunner as well I'm sure.
     
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    Very kind of you to say Harrison :oops:
     
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    Wow, that is a wild choice for that bad boy.

    I have a buffalo in the build pile, but intend it to be a silver prewar bird!
     
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    Looking forward to this one Dirk. It'll be a sod to paint, but worth it in the end !
     
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    You will do it justice Dirk, I'm sure!
     
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    Go for that Dirk. I'm looking forward to the camo scheme on her. :thumbright:
     
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    As big a Mustang fan as I am I've yet to build one so if anyone has any tips or information I could use Pryor to the start feel free to post it. I'm trying to restrain myself form going cockpit wild. Just want to get a decent oob office as the focus will be the exterior paint.
     
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    My uncle built this model and the canopy can't be displayed open without some careful surgery. Otherwise he says highly recommended.
     
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    WOW ! That's going to be a LOT of work in the paint department Dirk!:shock: You are more that capable though.:thumbright:
     
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    Thanks Hawkeye, I have all those sites
     
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    Started the build by laying out all the parts and painting the interior green parts first.

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    Next I assembled the wings.

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    The schedule is pretty busy again this week so I'm not sure when I'll get back to this.
     
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