“Prodigal Son” has almost returned…

I described by struggles with the decals on my P-51D last week. This week, things are looking up. Here’s where the model stands right now:

Note the absence of most of the panel lines on the wings. I filled and sanded them, as on the original – this was done to enhance the laminar flow across the wing. Of course, the ammunition trays were left open, so there is still a bit of visual interest.

The nose art and kill markings are from that much-despised AeroMaster sheet; the codes came from the SuperScale Sheet, and I’m applying small data markings from a new Xtradecals sheet. The anti-glare panel, ID bands and nose are all masked; underneath is the olive drab, black and blue that the plane will wear in the end.

I have yet to paint the flaps, gear doors and canopy, so the model’s completion is still a week or two away. But, since the decals actually seem to be sticking to the model now, it’s looking much better than just a couple of weeks ago.

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