A Simple Build, Part 5

Fuselage & Bomb Assembly

The big event for the day was getting the fuselage halves joined.


Everything lined up well, but there was a slight warp in the halves.  So clamping was necessary.

IMG_9269Actually I had to add one more clamp after this photo was taken.

My time was limited tonight, so the only other thing I got to was assembling the 500 lb bombs that will be under the wings.

IMG_9270I’ll have to do some seam clean up when they’re all dry.  This kit comes with a choice of the bombs or 108 gallon paper drop tanks.  Since the tanks weren’t used in China where this Mustang was based I went with the bombs.

So short session tonight.  I expect the fuselage will need a little tidying up tomorrow.



About atcDave

I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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2 Responses to A Simple Build, Part 5

  1. Ernie Davis says:

    This is something I find interesting when I think of how I modeled as a teen. A lot of this comes down to several things. Stuff I didn’t have, like clamps (rubber bands often filled in), stuff they didn’t make (if I did have clamps they would have been metal C clamps) and stuff I did have, more free time.

    It’s also fun to read about how much research informs a project. Scaling color is something that never occurred to me. A black wash was something I did rarely, only on special builds. Fogged clear parts was the bane of my existence and one major reason I did more armor and vehicles than planes.

    • atcDave says:

      Being able to buy the tools I want Is definitely a big difference in modeling now vs as a kid. There’s still choices to be made sometimes about specialized gadgets I might only use rarely, but its a whole different economy than when I was 12!

      Clear parts were a big part of the adult learning curve. I never mastered them as a kid, and when I started up again 20 years again I made a real effort to figure out what I was doing wrong. At this point I really enjoy doing them, I guess its the whole hard earned skill thing.

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