Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New video: The Hasegawa 1/32 P-51D Mustang scale model is completed!

Amazingly, I have finally completed the Hasegawa Mustang! It's been my only modelling project since I started it on 2nd April, so has taken four and a half months. I'd love to say it has been a pleasure, but in truth it has been a bit of a bastard of a kit every step of the way. 

The finished result.

As you'll hear me explain in my video, I like to take old kits and bring them up to modern standards. Well, this is a 1960s kit, so it doesn't get much more old-school than this. But what I have found eye opening and frustrating in equal measure is the fact that after spending hours and hours adding scratchbuilt detail to those rather sparse 1960s elements like the wheel wells, or the engine bay, or the cockpit, it kills me that a modern Tamiya 1/32 Mustang kit has all that stuff straight out of the box, and if I'm being honest, it does look better.

Interestingly, if you view my blog post from when I started this back in April I wrote on this exact subject:
"This all boils down to this: I am going to have my work cut out for me bringing this ancient kit up to modern standards. Luckily, this is an aspect of the hobby I really enjoy. Bloody hell, I wouldn't put myself through all the scratch building and updating if I didn't, I would just buy the latest and most expensive 1/32 Tamiya Mustang kit. But I like the improving, the thought that goes into improving an old kit. Masochistic. I know."

Yeah, I'm reassessing that masochism... ;)

I'm glad to have conquered it, but it's definitely time to move on to a new, very different project.


So here's my video. She's never going to win a trophy, there are some pretty fundamental flaws, but I'm very happy to have a Mustang in my stable of 1/32 fighters now.

Video is embedded below, but in case it doesn't work here is the link:
Completed 1/32 scale P-51D Mustang model (Hasegawa)



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