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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #689 - Sep 11th, 2021 at 2:19pm
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Marc,

Thank you, sir.  It's greatly appreciated.
  
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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #688 - Aug 28th, 2021 at 6:00am
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She's looking real good. Your doing the ultimate panel line job!
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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #687 - Aug 19th, 2021 at 5:42pm
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Thank you, sir.
  
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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #686 - Aug 19th, 2021 at 3:37pm
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Looking great! Keep up the great work! Smiley
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #685 - Aug 19th, 2021 at 10:47am
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Final result.  It takes lots of patience and knowing how much to rub and where to rub the foil as the wrinkles are being worked out.  This is especially true along the curved portion of the surfaces and even more so along compound curves.

It's going to be a shame to paint over all this nice metal finish, but that's what will happen to the nose as the nose of Big Beautiful Doll has a black and white checkered pattern. 

I still went ahead the went through the process of adding panel lines and latch marks anyway.  This is because I know the paint will allow the markings to show through and help give the nose (& Mustang) that additional "bling" of detailing.

The added benefit of the checkered pattern paint will also help cover up some of the imperfections however small or unnoticeable they may be.  Sometimes it's just one of those things that gets away. 

Thank you for looking in.

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #684 - Aug 19th, 2021 at 10:36am
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Here are the steps taken to apply the nose portion of the Flite Metal covering.  As you can see, it starts out by simply laying down the piece of foil over the exact area desired.  This is not easy as it looks.  Just the slightest touch of the foil over the surface results in it sticking almost like glue.  The adhesive is that strong.  Like the rest of the covering, it's really a delicate balance of trying the minimize the sticky backing from touching the surfaces as I line up the piece and at the same time, also minimize the sticky tension between the foil and my fingers without pulling my fingers away and creating wrinkles.  I've had to throw away several pieces as the result of either encounters.  This is where practice (usually) pays off.

The first picture shows a few wrinkles from the foil as a result of pulling away my fingers.  This is acceptable and I can rub it out as seen in the second photo during the early stages of rubbing the foil onto the surface.
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #683 - Aug 19th, 2021 at 10:29am
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Here are the results of both the lines and latches.  I tried to follow the outlines and latches as reasonably close to the full size Mustang
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #682 - Aug 19th, 2021 at 10:25am
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Here, I'm using a tool designed originally for plastic models.  It's basically a smaller version of using s brass tube sharpened at the end to make small latch marks.

I've updated this post to illustrate the small latch tool available for plastic modelers.  As you can see, they're quite small. I used their biggest diameter. For this purpose, it serves me very well.
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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #681 - Aug 19th, 2021 at 10:24am
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Next up was the use of a flexible ruler for guiding my curved lines.
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #680 - Aug 19th, 2021 at 10:20am
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Good morning.  I trust all is well and in good spirits.

Today I'm posting the nose covering.  The main distinction is the use of a special tool for making small latches instead of rivets.  This segment of the full sized P-51 makes plenty use of such latches for ease of maintenance for the Merlins or Packards.

I started off by cutting out a small section of Flite Metal to fit the nose area as close as possible with the rest of the foil covering.  From there I added lines using a fine black ball point pen.

I used the exhaust to help me with references as it plays a prominent role in the paneling.
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #679 - Aug 16th, 2021 at 5:53pm
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Flite metal is coming along very nicely. 

Thank you for looking.

Cheers,
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #678 - Aug 16th, 2021 at 5:51pm
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Using a burnishing tool to tuck in the Flite Metal around the radiator outlet.
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #677 - Aug 16th, 2021 at 5:48pm
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The next panel of Flite Metal.....
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #676 - Aug 16th, 2021 at 5:43pm
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Applying Flite Metal.....
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #675 - Aug 16th, 2021 at 5:28pm
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Riveting is accomplished using a pounce wheel.
  

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