1/48 Tamiya North American P-51B Mustang (part 1 - cockpit)


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The cockpit from the kit was acceptable but not Tamiya's best. The floor should be wooded as in all P-51B C and D variants. The kit's appeared to be represented as metal with rivets everywhere. To remedy this, I opted for the aftermarket Resin cockpit from Verlinden (#1182). It showed to be very detailed and accurate per my reference, however, it tried my patience since a lot of sidewall sanding and tweaking was needed to make it fit. The instructions were lousy to boot. The instrument panel has great raised detail and I was pleased with the drybrushing and detail painting. All can be seen here.

Another view of the installed cockpit. It was painted in a custom mixture of Model Master Enamels dark green and chromate yellow which seemed typical of early Mustangs.  The molded on seat belts were nicely done by Verlinden. I choose to paint them in lieu of my usual masking tape method. A wash brings out the detail even more. The radio wire, which Verlinden supplied, can be seen here. I couldn't find any reference to its correct routing so I improvised.
Same as Pic 1, pick the better of the two (I think 4 is better).
A dry fit of the fuselage and wings. As usual with Tamiya, no glue seems necessary and the fit is perfect. A slight trim of the seat bulkhead and instrument panel corner was needed to get the fuselage to close properly around the cockpit.
A front view of the dryfitted Mustang. Stay tuned for more.......... 

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