Work on decals begin as I was bogged down with another case of the gloss coat messing up with the finish. I had to strip and redo a few panels on the port side of the fuselage. In any case, it means I’ll have to avoid showing that side. The patching isn’t that great.
The AURI Mustang has a sharkmouth that has a unique Balinese flair to it. The colored decals all come as a 2 layer affair so some aligning needs to be done. Otherwise though, they prove to be easy to use even with my clumsy hands. They can take some handling and react well to Mark Softer.
I still managed to tear some of the decals due to the shape of the nose so I’ll have to go back to touch-up with paint once everything cures.
AURI (Indonesian Air Force) flew P-51s in the late 1950s. This Mustang will be in F-338’s markings, which is one of the few AURI aircraft to score an air-to-air victory: it shot down a B-26 piloted by a CIA agent during the Permesta rebellion.
The nose was masked and sprayed and the prop was painted separately. It’s nicely attached to the fuselage with a polycap. This particular Mustang had a unique bent antenna on the spine which I scratchbuilt with 0.5mm placard.
The decals are from a local decal maker Cap Jempol Metal (literally meaning ‘metal fingerprint’). The instructions also includes details of the bent antenna and stencils for the pattern on the nose which I transferred onto masking tape. The nose pattern was sprayed with Black Grey.
Using this kit to join a Groupbuild on ARC for the first time. Also hoping to finish this one by 17 August which is Indonesia’s Independence Day. This build will also hopefully kickstart my foray into aircraft flown by the Indonesian Armed Forces.
This P-51D will be wearing the colors of AURI (Angkatan Udara Republik Indonesia aka Indonesian Air Force) from the late 1950s. Markings will be of F-338 piloted by Ignatius Derwanto who shot down a CIA B-26 over Ambon, Indonesia. Decals are from Cap Sakgelemedwe, a local decal designer here in Indonesia.
Only one minor detail needs to be scratchbuilt for this one, all else will be out of the box. Details are quite nice for the scale which unfortunately can’t quite be seen anymore once everything is closed up. Interior was painted, given a dark gray wash and drybrushed with silver. Seatbelt straps is a decal.
Closed this up in no time and the fit between the wing and the fuselage is very good. Perhaps this will be one of those mythical ‘shake and bake’ aircraft kits.