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  1. After the P-51D/K Eduard is to release 1/48th North American P-51B/C Mustang kits Source: https://www.eduard.com/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2022/info-eduard-2022-10-special.pdf V.P.
  2. My last Airfix Mustang in the stash. I found some goodies too. Although the red-tail markings are attractive, I once fell for the luxorious design of these Exito decals, and I somehow need to motivate that expense, so this will be the choice this time: It’s a P51D-25-NA operating as long-range escort out of Iwo Jima towards the end of the war, and since I have 5-, 10 and 15-NA since before it complements the collection. Some tweaks will be needed, regarding radio equipment (I distinctly remember they had a different set of boxes, not to mention the different set of antennas) and tail-warning radar. I now have one week to find that vac form canopy and Quickboost exhaust stacks I remember buying but cannot find. I now understand how squirrels feel.
  3. Hi all. Dooleybird is finished, taken straight from the 1/48th Airfix P-51D kit; stickers and all. It's a very clean build but this one is for my mum who passed away on the 20th of October last year. Her maiden name was Dooley so it was an easy pick. I've got another one that has her name associated with it but that'll be later in the year. Apologies for the lack of build photos but this one was neat and tidy and a pretty quick build. Vale mum. All the best Mick
  4. This is the early ICM (Tamiya knockoff) 1/48 P-51D Mustang, marked as "Miss Marilyn II". As and early ICM kit, there were a number of challenges, HUGE sink marks, short shots, incorrect detail parts copied from other kits, and a canopy that looked like it had been removed from the mold with a shovel! I used an Ultracast seat, and the sliding canopy is a spare from an Airfix kit (suitably reshaped). The front windscreen is from a scrapped Monogram P-51, that had to be reshaped, shortened, and polished to fit. Wheel well was opened to the aft spar, brake lines added, and the radio, battery and drop tanks wired, and plumbed. Decals are ancient Superscale (that tried to shatter on contact with water - to the point that some codes were masked and sprayed), and the paints are all Tamiya acrylic. Thanks for looking, Colin
  5. Next Kovozávody Prostějov - KP (http://www.kovozavody.cz/) 1/72nd kit is a new tool North American P-51B/C Mustang - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/SAMEditor1 V.P.
  6. ThreeD-Wild Miniatures (link) is to release a (1/48th ?) 3D printed aircraft kit in 2024. Obviously a single engine fighter aircraft with a propeller. But what ? Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/906471069393540/posts/24651795694434411/ V.P.
  7. Source: https://www.zoukeimura.co.jp/sentiment/oyajiblog_134.html Zoukei-Mura 1/32nd projects for the coming years. Guess the types. P-51A/B Mustang or A-36 Apache and T-28 Trojan? V.P.
  8. After the P-51B/C (link), Arma Hobby is to release the 1/72nd North American P-51D/K Mustang bubbletop versions. Source comments: https://www.facebook.com/ArmaHobby/posts/4796445153719137 V.P.
  9. In the Czech Modelforum it's mentioned that after the 1/48th MiG-21, Spitfire and Bf.109 families, Eduard has as long term project the North American P-51 Mustang in the same scale. Wait and see. Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&start=5865 V.P.
  10. Revell is to release in 2017-2018 a new tool 1/32nd North American P-51D Mustang kit - ref. 03944 Source: http://www.kitreviewsonline.de/revell-neuheiten-fuer-das-jahr-2017/ V.P.
  11. Hello all, Here’s my rendition of the venerable 1/48 Mustang from Accurate Miniatures. Mostly OOB except for some Eduard seatbelts from the spares box and decals from Aeromaster, which worked great. I found this one refreshing after a series of difficult builds. I always liked the look of the early Allison Mustangs. The AM kit holds up, and is fairly effortless except for the canopy. The fit is not good unless you saw open the door as I did. My model depicts a P-51 Mk. Ia in Anzio, Italy, in 1944. As luck would have it, I was able to catch a flight demo of a restored Allison Mustang at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA, just as I was wrapping up this build last weekend. Thank you for looking!
  12. I am leaving my workbench for university! I will be studying Aero-mechanical engineering at the university of Strathclyde. These two models will be my last for a while... I actually started these years ago (B in 2020, D in 2021) but got bored of them, recently came back to them and fixed them up. Without further ado, here they are: P-51B 42-106750 and P-51D 44-15648 P-51B 106750 Historical photo from 1945 in Italy P-51D 44-15648 Historical photo of the aircraft from Italy during the second world war. Thanks for looking! I will definitely be staying active on the forums despite not making models, I do hope I can make something again soon.
  13. hello to the board! here comes pictures of my build of this nice Mustang. Kit from Eduard ProfiPack 82103. The kit is nice with very nice decal sheet. My choice felt on "Genie" the aircraft N5-X serial number 44-14659 from the 111th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 69th Tactical Reconnaissance Group of 12AF. The prototype: Enjoy it:
  14. Another ML-KNIL (RNEIAAF) model I recently finished is this Tamiya P-51D. It was used at a photo reconnaissance squadron in 1946, 121 Squadron. The droptank is modified to house 2 cameras, one facing forward and one downward. Erik
  15. Arma Hobby is to release in 2021 a 1/72nd North American P-51B/C Mustang kit. Source: http://armahobbynews.pl/en/blog/2020/12/30/arma-hobby-new-kit-announcements-for-2021/ Sprues design & 3D renders V.P.
  16. Source: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2231688117100227&id=1854784001457309 V. P.
  17. Academy is to release a new tool 1/48th North American F-51D Mustang - Korean War - ref. 12354 Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235117457-academy-2023-releases-newsletters-1/&do=findComment&comment=4622755 Top prize Creativity & Originality for this type choice... V.P.
  18. Merry Christmas! Greeting from Chinese mate! My friend is building an Academy 1/48th P-51 kit-- reboxing of classic Accurate Miniatures. He is about to paint but has some issues for discussing. 1) Camo colours As theme here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235013910-p-51-mah-sweet-eva-lea-137322/ Whether upper camo was OD or Dark Green/Dark Tan ? I feel the former is right. Seems like 2 coloura but does not correspond to any camo schemes. IMHO ground crew rubbed off some dust around markings. 2) Yellow "blotches" In the past some modellers regarded them as paint chipped, now proved not approciate. Is it a "roundel" or a "logo"? Or a silouette of Texas ( 68th OG birthplace)? Then, why several A-36A carried yellow blotch ? Looks not identical to these on P-51.
  19. Halberd Models (https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/halberdmodels) from Ukraine is to release on September 20th, 2022 three Mustang resin kits - ref. 001-345 - North American XP-51 Mustang - ref. 001-355 - Rolls-Royce Mustang Mk.X - ref. 001-355 - North American Mustang Mk.I Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid0YpfivSysCSibsr7q7Z2XTWBrxp8hAWcEYTavbxCrVif4rDJ7kkPdfkizFzJaeJG9l&id=100064057054695 V.P.
  20. Found this short video of Horbaczewski's Mustang Mk.III PK-G probably taxiing on an RAF airfield during the D-Day landings. It sports a full suit of D-Day ID bands on the rear fuselage and wings (with the fuselage ones being irregularly painted). The aircraft is also carrying two bombs under the wings. Does anyone know if this P-51 flown by Horbaczewski flew as a pure fighter (no bombs, just the external fuel tanks) over the skies of Normandy?
  21. A 1/48th N.A. P-51D Mustang. More tomorrow. Source: https://www.facebook.com/officialairfix/posts/10154504386816271:0 Oh no. I would have preferred... (blablabla) For the record: Meng soon to release new tool P-51D: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235009127-148-north-american-p-51d-mustang-by-meng-box-artcads-release-2016/ Eduard 1/48th Mustang family in project... http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234974169-148-north-american-p-51-mustang-family-long-term-project-by-eduard/ HobbyBoss recent easy assembly Mustang: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234922415-p-51d-mustang-iv-hobby-boss-148/ etc. https://www.scalemates.com/search-solr.php?fkSECTION[]=Kits&q=North+American+P-51+Mustang+P-51D+1%2F48 V.P.
  22. RAAF PR CAC CA-18 Mk.22 Mustang Conversion Set (RRR48185 for Eduard) 1:48 Red Roo Models During WWII the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) manufactured 200 North American Mustangs under licence as the CA-18, and of these a small number were converted to Photo Reconnaissance variants that carried two F24 cameras vertically and obliquely in the rear fuselage. There were various differences between US-built and Australian airframes, and the PR variant diverged further, having bespoke fairings for the camera apertures that aren’t readily available in mainstream kits. The Set Red Roo specialise in Australian aircraft and provide modellers with conversion sets and upgrades that allow us to make more accurate models with all of the time-consuming research already done for us. Their sets aren’t ostentatious, usually arriving in a Ziploc bag, but the contents and instructions are concise and absolutely suitable for the task at hand. This set is no different, including thirteen resin parts in another Ziploc bag, and a sheet of custom decals for the included example airframes that can be found at the rear of the six-sheet A4 instruction booklet that is stapled in portrait form. The parts are as follows: 1 x CAC Moulded plywood pilot seat 2 x CAC 8-spoke wheels 1 x Spinner front 1 x Spinner back plate 4 x DHA Cuffless Propeller Blades 1 x vertical Camera Port 1 x Oblique Camera Port 1 x Decal Sheet The instruction booklet is essential to successful completion of the conversion, as it is verbose in describing the various alterations that need to be carried out on the base Eduard kit. Some scribing of access panels will be required on the fuselage sides, which have diagrams showing the location and size of each one on the sides. The two camera ports don’t need any alteration to the kit, as they are designed to be applied to the surface, using gloss black paint to represent the optical lenses, although the underside lens can be modelled covered over by a retractable shutter by overpainting it fuselage colour and installing a short rod in a slot that replicates the locking stud. There were three crosses painted on the port wing that when matched with crosses on the canopy glass would ensure that the camera was pointing in the right direction when pressing the shutter release. The Xs on the glass can be replicated by scraping with a pin then rubbing acrylic black paint into the grooves and wiping the remainder away before it dries. Additional notes can be found after the initial instructions that detail the localised radio gear, alternate battery location and the CAC wheels, as well as some corrections and information as to the configuration that Mustangs were typically parked in by their pilots after a mission. The back four pages give guidance on applying the decals and profiles of the decal options that are included on the sheet from both sides, while the standard top and bottom view are found on the last of the pages above a photo of one of the real airframes, although some smaller photos near the profiles are also included. The decals are in good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion If you want to build an accurate CAC PR Mustang in 1:48, this set will be essential to get the details right, helped immensely by the comprehensive instructions. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. P-51 C Mustang Mk.III (70039) 1:72 ARMA Hobby Originally developed to fulfil a British requirement for new fighter aircraft, the unmistakable North American P-51 Mustang famously went from drawing board to first flight in just 178 days. It went on to become one of the most famous and successful aircraft of the Second World War. Transformed by the addition of Rolls Royce’s legendary Merlin engine, the Mustang went from strength to strength and was eventually developed into several variants. Even though the D model is the most recognised the earlier models were still great aircraft. The B & C were the first to use the Merlin engine which gave better performance over 15000 ft. They were known in RAF service as the Mustang III. The B models were built at Inglewood and the C models which were identical were built in Dallas. The RAF decided that the original hinged canopy did not offer enough visibility for operations and the British corporation R Malcolm & Co designed a sliding bulged canopy for the aircraft which then became known as the Malcom Hood. The search for better all round visibility would lead to the later P-51D, however some pilots are said to have preferred the Malcom hooded P-51B/D than the later P-51D as it was lighter and had better handling, one of the downsides was only 4 guns as opposed to the D's six. Exiting the B/C in an emergency was also said to be easier than the D. The Kit This is a new tool kit from ARMA Hobby which seems to have garnered good reviews. It really also was time we had a new tool B/C in 1/72. The kit is a rebox of the P-51B/C which we reviewed here but here comes without the PE and masks of the earlier kit. The kit arrives on two main sprues, a clear sprue, a sheet of decals. The quality of the parts is first rate, all surfaces feature fine engraved panel lines, there is a great deal of moulded in detail in the fuselage and main wheel wells. There are two choices of tail featuring the small fillet tail, and the one with no fillet. Bombs and two types of drop tanks are provided for the wings. Due to the different options being provided from the kit its worth while checking the instructions for these before starting work. Construction starts in the cockpit. The frame for the seat is added to the floor and the seat is fitted. Belts are provided as decals. The fuel tank is fitted behind the seat with the radios going on top. The control column is added in front of the seat and then the instrument panel and its coaming are built up. Instruments are provided as decals. Work then moves to the inside of the fuselage parts with more decals being added. The main radiator is made up and this can be installed in the right fuselage half, along with additional controls and the tail wheel parts. More parts are also fitted into the left fuselage half. Once done the tail wheel and cockpit can be installed and the fuselage closed up. Moving onto the wings the wing spar part is installed along with parts for the wheel well. These are added into upper wing, and the two wing parts can be assembled. The separate flaps can then be installed. The wings can then be mated to the fuselage. At the rear of the fuselage the tail and sailplanes can be added, a finless and filleted tails are provided for the different decal options. The main landing gear can then be made up and fitted. At the front the chin intake, propeller and exhaust are added. Different plates/vents are provided for the lower engine cowl. For the spine different antennas are also provided for the different options. Different canopies are provided for the model. If the normal canopy is to be opened then the modeler has the option for this. A slightly larger Malcom hood is supplied for the slid back option. Lastly bombs or drop tanks can be fitted to the wings as needed. Markings There are printed by Techmod so should pose no problems. 2 marking option are provided for the kit; 42-103532, FB382/PK-G, 315 Polish Sqn RAF, Coolham June 1944 42-103258, FB328/GA-S, 112 Sqn RAF, Lesi Nov 1944 Conclusion It is great to see this important aircraft being kitted by a new manufacturer. The kit seems to have been very well received by modellers. Very Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. I posted this information a few days ago. I understand that my post may have been permanently deleted. It was posted here as I was looking for stencils to use in the P-51D Mustang main gear bays. I followed the original post up once I found the decals, see attached, in case anyone else was looking for them. Someone responded with what seemed to state that the stencils were never used on wartime Mustangs. I was told to refer to "Building the P-51 Mustang" book by Michael O'Leary and 'reformulate' my question. I replied that I had the book but was building Latin American Mustangs (which may have been rebuilt). A third person then posted that I was in the wrong forum as it should be Post War (or Cold War), so I apologized after removing my content. Looking at the aforementioned book, I see the stencils clearly on the bare aluminum of the Mustangs on the production line in several photos. I would refer the reader to page 103 where the stencils are clearly seen between the puttied rows of rivets on a P-51B and page 105 where they are clearly seen on several panels to include the fuel tank cover panel, main landing gear wheel covers, and other skin panels. On page 145, bottom left, we can clearly make out the stencils on a P-51D upper wing. These are the clearest examples of the stencils in use during wartime production. The decals which have these stencils are only available in 1/32nd scale from Fundekals, reference number 32001: The red stencils are in the rectangle to the left of the upper 'Star and Bar' which is horizontally oriented. I hope this is of use to someone. Regards,
  25. I’ve had a pair of almost-finished Mustangs - one P-51 B and one D - on my shelf for a couple of years. I tried to finish them in a KUTA a year (or two? time flies ) ago but failed miserably. Now, when new better kits are arriving, I have to finish these or I never will. They’re actually around 95% finished but somehow I have spent years not managing to get the last decals up and do the final grooming. There is even a thread: The unfinished ones are Swede’s Steed and Short Fuse Sallee. They both lack one set of exhausts, Swede’s steede has a knocked off antenna and Sallee has her bombs gone missing. None of them have landing gear doors. I’ve no idea where to find any of the missing parts. Also they need some painting/weathering.
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