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1/48 Monogram P-51B  Ding Hao!

by David Galli

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This is the old Monogram P-51B Ding Hao 1/48 kit.  It's a very nice kit, but it comes with raised panel lines, so I had to re-scribe them all.  I had to make a lot of modifications on this kit. Some of them are: 

  • Cut off the flaps to reposition them down.

  • Re-scribe all panel lines.

  • I modified the cockpit radio.

  • Scratch made seat belts.

  • I cut the canopy in six parts, because it comes to leave it closed.

  • The shocks from landing gear were replaced for hypodermic needles as well as the cannons.

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I painted the model with Model Master paints, using pre-shading and post-shading techniques.  For the upper side I used a mix of Olive Drab, Military Brown and some drops of Black and Red.  The lower fuselage was painted with Neutral Grey.  I decided to use the kit's decals to make the Ding Hao version.  Weathering was made with acrylic washes, and with chalk pastels to represent smoke.

Hope you enjoy it.

David

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Photos and text by David Galli

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