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Mustang Internals and a Tuskegee Airman

It’s been an off week for building. My wife has had a hectic work schedule which meant more time with my daughter which means less time to build. I’ve been putting some time into the project, but it just doesn’t seem like I’m getting anywhere. I had hoped to prime the model by this weekend, but it just hasn’t happened.

Here’s what I have done…

Both the interior of the Mustang and the pilot got a sludge wash of oil paint thinned with odorless paint thinner.

I then clearcoated the parts and gave them a drybrushing with oil paints to bring out highlights and assembled all the parts that make up the interior of the cockpit and underbelly intake/exhaust system.

After a few days I decided my pilots face, which I had worried about being too dark before the drybrushing was now too light, so I mixed up another shade of brown and re-drybrushed it:

Now it seems a bit too orange, but I gotta stop somewhere or the paint is gonna get too thick.

Having glued the fuselage together around the cockpit, I now turned my attention to cleaning up the control surfaces which I had cut out earlier, and filling in the gaps where I had cut off the rudder and ailerons:

And since I’ve always got time to complain, here’s a shot of some of the not-so-great parts fit I’m dealing with. I know I’ve been spoiled by the Bandai and Tamiya kits I’ve been building, but still, I don’t need this kind of stuff on a speed build:

Here’s the Mustang all glued together. I’ve since applied putty to the seams, but have yet to sand it off. In a few placed the parts fit is far enough off that I’ll have to sand bits of the surface off and re-scribe surface detail. Yay.

I’ve also been doing a bit of work on the Citroen and its inhabitants. The vignette calls for the Germans to be getting out of a car that they would probably assume is about to be strafed. The problem is that the German figures that come with the car are just casually standing around.

I decided for the Luftwaffe officer in back that this would be OK. Call it nerves of steel or fatalism or say his piloting experience made him realize that the Mustang’s angle of attack was wrong for a strafing run. Maybe he’s just too amazed by the Mustang’s Black pilot. Here’s the pilot. I changed the position of his left arm so it would rest on the Citroen’s door and used Magic Sculpt to fill in the gaps:

The driver is tougher. I had originally imagined him cowering under a tree or running away in a crouch. The problem is that non of the figures is in a posture anywhere near that. But, I found that by taking one figure and putting different arms on him, and changing the angles of the arms, I get a pretty decent figure of a guy who just jumped out of the car and is trying not to let the door hit his ass on the way out:

The feet look kind of static, I may reposition one of them to look like he is about to break into a run. Both figures have their heads stuck on with sticky tack since I won’t glue them until I work out the positioning of the figures and make sure they are looking in the right direction.

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