Halinski Mustang P51-D

Discussion in 'First Impressions Kit Reviews' started by dansls1, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. dansls1

    dansls1 Member

    Woot - the mailman brought me a package today! Inside, not one but 2 perty Halinski kits to add to the growing build list!
    I've seen a few recommendations for this kit, and while the metallic paper is a little scarey, I figured I had to have it for when I'm ready to build it.
    The kit is standard Halinski size. It has 4 pages of parts - all printed on glossy card stock. There are also 2 pages of formers / templates. In addition to the English instruction insert, there are 5 pages of computer-drawn build diagrams to assist in the build.
    This part doesn't appear to have quite the piece count / details of the other Halinski kits I have, but the glossy print is gorgeous and I'm sure it makes a striking model when done.
    This kit does make me wonder about using standard white glue or trying on of the options that might adhere to the glossy paper better.

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  2. dansls1

    dansls1 Member

    and the last picture:

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  3. cgutzmer

    cgutzmer Guest

    That is an awesome metallic sheen! My only suggestion is if you want to try out new glue do it on a couple other models first so you can get used to its characteristics. I wouldnt want to cut into a halinski book to be my first trip into new glue territory :)
  4. dansls1

    dansls1 Member

    That is a very valid point. One of the things I like about some of the downloadable kits is that very concept - being able to test things out and not worry about ruining a nice 'printed' kit. Luckily I have a few of those in mind for builds along the way to use for those tests.
    I do wonder a bit about the gloss for the cockpit in this kit. I have a feeling it's going to look very much like a brand new plane on the inside due to the gloss. Nothing wrong with that - just a little different than many cockpits.
  5. rlwhitt

    rlwhitt Active Member

    I'm also not happy with the gloss in some of the parts on this one (I have it too, drool...). But I can see WHY they did it - to keep the same paper throughout to save paper. My idea is I'd probably work from scans on regular paper for the stuff that should not be glossy, like interior stuff.


  6. dansls1

    dansls1 Member

    That's not a bad idea - if I can figure out how to scan and print and maintain the exact size.
    Has anybody taken any of these printed kits to places like Kinko's and tried to get either color copies to cardstock or scans since they have to have better equipment for doing such than I have at home? I just wonder if they'll play 'copyright police' or not.
    And I also see maintaining the same glossy paper for the inside pages, but in this case I think I'd have been happier if they printed the cockpit parts on the inside of the back cover. I suppose it may be a costing or layout issue - but they could have given us the exact same amount of pages and had the 'dull' finish for some parts that way.
  7. rlwhitt

    rlwhitt Active Member

    I've wondered about in-store copying as well. I called Staples to inquire about what they can do and they will copy a Legal size page to card stock in color for $1.09 a page. But they might balk when they see what it is, and I would not blame them. It would help to have a friend in the copy/print business! :)

  8. Nemesis7485

    Nemesis7485 Member

    Would spraying the parts that aren't suposed to be shiny with Dull Cote woirk?

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