Big Ed set for Revell 1/32 P-51-25 - Part 3 Masking and Canopies

Published: June 9th, 2018     
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Reviewed by: 
Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard
Price: $80.00
Product / Stock #: BIG3388

Part 3:  Exterior set, canopy mask

(Again, no preamble this time; only building reports. )

The exterior set contained one item overlooked by many; behind the set of holes on the cheeks of the chin scoop is a set of interior grating;  What this is FOR, I have no clue, but it's there, and the fun part of hogging out plastic on a small rectangular part is, well, not there.  But it's mandatory, and I've put it aside for now so I can finish up the rest of the other review items I have lurking in the "to build" pile.

The final item provided in the Big Ed set is a set of canopy masks.  Now, mind, I will remind myself to check in the future, because this is not your ordinary set of masks.  No.  It includes the interior masking!  So, after I had dutifully fitted half the INTERIOR mask around the EXTERIOR of the bubble canopy, I realized there were not two sets of masks for the sake of providing them, but were specifically called out as interior and exterior.

I felt pretty dumb.

Carefully peeling (not "PEALING" as in a bell making noise, but PEELING like a grape or apple or... well) I remembered the really forgiving nature of kabuki tape.  I was able to reapply the masks to the interior of the canopy, which saved a lot of extra work.  Spraying both interior and exterior in flat black, after which I carefully polished the flat paint to a gloss, then applied Tamiya Bare metal silver over that.  Let all dry/cure, then  remove the mask and clean up any underrun (of which I fortunately had none).  GREAT idea. 

Unfortunately I had hand-painted the interior of the windscreen assembly with interior green and installed it permanently, so there is a little bitty discrepancy in the two interior bits.  Let's just say the crew chief had a bad night and painted accordingly.

This concludes the Big Ed Portion of the Revell P-51D-5 saga... Part 4 of my missive will cover the use of SAC landing gear for this kit.

  • Undercarriage Fret
    Undercarriage Fret
  • Cockpit Fret
    Cockpit Fret
  • Seat Belt Fret
    Seat Belt Fret
  • Masking Set
    Masking Set
  • Exterior Set
    Exterior Set
  • Inside Masked and Sprayed
    Inside Masked and Sprayed
  • Outside Masked and Sprayed
    Outside Masked and Sprayed
  • Canopy Interior and Exterior Masked
    Canopy Interior and Exterior Masked
  • Unmasked
    Unmasked