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  1. Do you guys think P.E. and other media detail kits are worth the investment? If it’s cockpit or areas that will be displayed I think yes but seems like there is a lot that gets covered up.... is it just the fun of building and knowing it’s there or do you use pics to preserve the existence? I’m trying to decide if I should detail out the Revell B-25 I have.... plus are there special tools or anything I need to get if I decide to do it?

  2. So, there are a lot of assemblies that connect to the main cockpit frame, the cooling ductwork and exchangers, the tailwheel housing etc. Due to a big screw up on the instrument panel decal I am now at a work stoppage on this one too... I didn’t have any decal solvent or setting solution and this decal just would not conform to the instruments and was lifting... I read on the old internet that you can use acetone as a setting solvent...... NOT!! Man it dissolved it as soon as I touched it with the wet brush..... heart kind of sank but I found a Eduard cockpit detail set (FE 1074) for $13 but it’s gonna take a couple weeks to get here. I also did a preliminary painting of the cockpit sides but need to wait for the detail set to move on.... wellllll....... I am learning a lot and that was the intent of these builds so......





  3. Thanks Lou, I started by painting the floorboards in front a medium brown and after it dried I painted 

     the black over it, then I took some isopropyl on a brush and exposed the brown paint, mixed in some light tan and yellow highlights and used a dry brush technique to blend them till it looked like a worn down plywood floor... I didn’t know P-51’s had a wood floor till I started doing research for these builds, I read somewhere that they were painted with flat black paint mixed with sand for a non skid surface, so that’s what I envisioned.....

  4. So this is my second foray into plastic aircraft, I am trying to get some skills with plastic and paint so I can build the 1/24 Airfix Typhoon. This is in conjunction with my P-40 build on here as well... Started with the cockpit, this one has the belts molded into the seat, came out OK. Man! I don’t know how anyone could fold and make PE belts look that good! Know I know the P40 belts are way too big these things are tiny! Probably 1mm or even less!! Instrument panel and try some wiring on the radio stack up next....




  5. Started with the cockpit, this one has the belts molded into the seat, came out OK. Man! I don’t know how anyone could fold and make PE belts look that good! Know I know the P40 belts are way too big these things are tiny! Probably 1mm or even less!! Instrument panel and try some wiring on the radio stack up next....



  6. Thanks guys, I have been watching all kinds of vids on it and our own James H. Did a step by step build for a modeling book on typhoons and for Scale Modeler International’s mag, got the cover of both! I found a copy of the book plus some other great resources on a subscription service Scribed.com - that guy can build!!  I am waiting again for stuff for the P40 so I am going to start the Airfix P-51 till I get the mr.surfacer and masks I got for the P40.


  7. Man! What a nice kit this is! I can’t believe how everything fits together, light years different than the stuff I used to build.... very little filler needed and all the seams matched up really well. I am amazed at how the wing roots, fillets and fuse to wing joints were just a pleasure to fit and fair. I might just be swayed - might have to try a new release armor kit too! 😁🤯. Here’s a few shots before I spray it with primer - all my mistakes are right out in the open....





  8. Thanks Lou, yeah looking at some other builds online I’d say they should have been 1mm wide but as fiddly as the little wire buckles were at 2mm I would probably still be doing them at 1mm. Appreciate the good word though, maybe on my next build I’ll try something smaller or PE... I’ll have a 1/48 eduard set by then - I can probably make them work on the P 51 I have waiting...

  9. Well the C-Vi must be taking its toll on Amazon too, I just got word that my seat belts are delayed and the 1/24 Typhoon got lost somewhere between the model shop and USPS.... so I had to re order it and now it won’t be here till next week or the week after. I decided I have waited long enough for the P40 harness so I tried my hand at making some out of asking tape and annealed wire. They are a bit out of scale (unless they were made wider than I think they were) but they look ok for my first attempt... and this is my learning mule after all! Here’s some pics .....



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