I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with the state of “internet” model building, but it has something to do with panel lines. I draw them in using a pencil, which has always been an acceptable method, but nowadays this is frowned upon. “Frowned upon” is the perfect expression of forum disapproval. You post it and it doesn’t get a response. Nobody knows what to say. It’s too “different.”
Cool kids use “panel line washes.” We don’t know what YOU’RE doing. But it’s weird.
The paint job in the canopy can be “upgraded” at any time. Any time I feel like taking a toothpick or a chisel made from a piece of sprue (whittle it to a point–you either get a chisel pointed sprue chunk or a weapon you can use on the other chimps at the watering hole) and scraping along the frames I can “clean up” the paint job and improve the canopy.
Vac canopies tend to be made of a plastic that practically repels acrylic paint. This is a GOOD thing, because it allows you to use a pointed object to “clean up” the lines. Try it.
This may be the only Monogram 1/72 P-51B on the interweb that has the proper dihedral. Look at that baby. The wings on almost all WWII fighters should swoop up at the ends. This was intended to help avoid having the aircraft go into a flat spin and improve stall characteristics.
Yeah. That’s what it did.
Anyway, it has to be there to be “authentic” and once you know what it looks like you can’t un-see it.
I added black lines to the control surfaces using an .005 Prismacolor pen. These pens are useful for all kinds of stuff. Get them at Dick Blick.
Dick Blick. Dick Blick. Dick Blick.
I’m going to go real light on the weathering to match available photos of Hofer’s aircraft. I’m still deciding on bombs or drop tanks.
I think this idea of making an “in flight” model worked really well. I wish all kits came with pilots and stands as good as the Monogram ones from 1967.