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The P-51 was developed in 1940 and would serve in over 28 countries. With more than 15,000 built, the final P-51 would be retired from military service in 1984 from the Dominican Air Force.
It would be the Allies answer to high-altitude dogfights with the Luftwaffe’s fighters. Reaching altitudes of 15,000 feet meant that this high-speed low-drag fighter would be the U.S. answer to fighter support until the adoption of jet fighters.
NATURAL METAL FINISH
Milan D. brought this iconic Mustang to life by reproducing Lt. Richard Baggett’s P-51 from May of 1945. Named for the pilot’s daughter, the “Nancy” flew out of Germany.
He used aftermarket decals for his one-of-a-kind build. The metal finish was achieved through Alclad II. This is a paint that contains tiny bits of aluminum that gives your model a natural metal finish, or “NMF”. There really is no better alternative for giving your model that look.
HOW TO USE ALCLAD II
Using Alclad II for the first time can be intimidating. It requires patience and attention to detail. First, the model must be sanded. Any blemish or imperfection tends to stand out with this technique. Finishing with a 2,000-grit wet sanding isn’t unheard of. Apply your primer.
Secondly, you’ll want to paint the model in high-gloss black paint. Airbrushing this coat is the best way to get the job done right. Guess what? You’ll need to sand again. Any globs or drips from this step can mess up the final look.
Finally, you’ll want to airbrush on the Alclad. Several thin coats are better than a single thick one in this case. Finally, a clear coat so you can apply decals.
I highly recommend practicing beforehand. Many modelers use the back of plastic spoons. It’s a cheap alternative to messing up your build.
Don’t forget to check out Milan D.’s other builds here!
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