1/48 Tamiya North American P-51B Mustang (part 2 - bare metal finish)


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Here is the result of my first attempt at an Alclad II finish. This stuff is awesome.  It dries rock hard and looks super realistic.....not to shiny or dull. Considering my unfortunate luck with Model Master Metalizers in the past, the $8.00 price was worth it. I first primed the plane with Alclad II primer, which also serves as a "micro filler", to check the seams.  This stuff is also wonderful and will hide all unwanted scratches.

I first started with Alclad Duraluminum as a base coat due to its somewhat "worn aluminum" hue. I wanted this bird to be an operational P-51 as opposed to a shiny "airshow" example.
Next I taped the wing gun trays and sprayed down Alclad Magnesium which is noticeably darker than Duraluminum.
All NMF Mustangs had this darker metal panel at the exhaust pipe area and should be represented thusly.  This area was taped off and sprayed the same Magnesium hue as well.
After the Alclad was sprayed, the Olive Drab antiglare panel was taped off. The panel lines were pre-shaded with Flat Black then shaded in with MM Olive Drab. I then went back with a slight shading of Faded OD to simulate sun fade. Once completed, the front black band was taped off then sprayed with MM Flat Black. Research revealed that the wings on the NMF P-51 were sprayed a solid polished silver paint to help with airflow, however, the fuselage was left unpainted. To show this, I taped off various fuselage panels and sprayed Alclad Dark Aluminum and Semi-Matte Aluminum to simulate the non uniform appearance of aluminum. It turned out fantastic. Conclusion..... Alclad really does take away all your NMF fears. Stay tuned for decals........

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