1/144 Mini Hobby P-51D Mustang and 1/144 Academy F-16

Gallery Article by S K Loh on Dec 28 2020



A very Happy New Year to all fellow ARCers.

The P-51D Mustang is the 1/144 Mini Hobby kit that I built with enhancements and modifications using scratch-built parts. I created the cockpit and added the seat and pilot. Drilled a 0.3mm hole towards the rear of the canopy to run the radio antenna cable through to the fin tip. 

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Decals were self-made to depict the famous Red Tails, an all black American unit from 100 Fighter Squadron, 332 Fighter Group operating out of Ramitelli Italy in 1945. This particular Mustang number "7" was flown by Capt Roscoe Brown, CO of the Squadron who was credited with two Me262 kills. Only the roundels were from the kit.

I used AK Polished Aluminium for the bare metal finish. There is no thinning required just shoot straight from the bottle at about 15 PSI. As the kit was pretty small, I decided to forego the pre-shading or black basing approach just to see how it turned out. I must say I was pretty impressed with the outcome.

Applied a thin coat of Future prior to decal application. Applied another thin coat of Future to seal the decals after curing time of 1 day. The Future coating did not seem to affect the shine of the bare metal finish. Then I used water colour pencils to highlight the panel lines as well as the gun smoke and exhaust trails.

I decided to pair the P-51D Mustang with a F-16C from 100 Fighter Squadron, 187 Fighter Wing Alabama ANG. On 13 September 2007, 160th Fighter Squadron was inactivated while 100 Fighter Squadron was reactivated, taking over its aircraft, equipment and personnel. Some of the F-16s bore the special red tail markings to reflect that legacy.

I used the usual 1/144 Academy F-16 kit as the base kit to modify it to a F-16C block 30. The usual add-ons and details were as with most of my previous F-16 build using the Academy kit. Decals were self made to depict F-16C Block 30 #87-0217.

I then had both builds mounted on a display base. Enjoy. 

S K Loh

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Photos and text by S K Loh