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Done: Accurate Miniatures 1/48 A-36 Apache

It has been a while since I finished something… Mainly because I have three projects on the go that take their time, and, to some extent, test ones resolve. So, in order to get a break, I picked another quick build from the stash.

AM’s A-36 is a very nice little kit with some small imperfections. Straight out of the box it builds into a beautiful model that captures the lines of an early Mustang pretty well. Some areas can be refined, as with any kit, but it’s up to you if you are willing to invest the extra effort.

One thing that is rather easy to fix is the missing armor plate behind the pilot’s seat. Some thin plastic sheet, a couple of swipes with a sanding stick, and you are done. Adding some cables to the radio set behind the cockpit pays off, because that area is very visible through the side windows. And finally, if you want to pose the canopy open you need to cut the clear part. Be careful, as the clear plastic is brittle and tends to crack if you apply too much pressure.

Apart from that I used Ultracast’s seat and wheels, the antenna mast was replaced with a whip antenna, and brake lines were added from thin copper wire. Painted with Tamiya and Gunze acrylics, weathered with oils.

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Done: Hasegawa 1/48 P-51D Mustang “Lou IV”

This kit has been in my stash for some 15 years, with decals yellowing and getting brittle. After getting myself the nice AeroMaster sheet “Yellow Nosed Mustangs of the 361st FG Pt.2” it was finally time to build it. As my boxing was of a P-51K, I simply had to use the collared prop blades and the earlier canopy (thankfully both included in the box) and cut away the extended stabilzier on the spine.
Before starting the build I had not been aware of the ongoing discussions regarding Lou’s paint scheme. After reading through all the arguments I could find pro and con blue camouflage, OD vs. Dark Green etc. I decided to stick what seemed somewhat logical to me. I used Tamiya XF-65 for the Dark Green and Gunze H52 to overpaint the invasion stripes. The NMF was painted with Testors Metalizer Aluminium Plate.

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