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  1. And Bronco Models is the most original 2019 kit prize winner with... No, it's not a joke. Bronco Models is to release a new tool 1/48th North American P-51D-25-NA Mustang " Red 3" PLA Air Force - ref. FB4010 Bronco and Mustang Sources: http://www.moxingfans.com/new/news/2019/0809/6153_2.html http://www.moxingfans.com/uploads/allimg/190809/1_190809163831_9.jpg V.P.
  2. Hi all, The Australian Capital Territory Scale Model Society (ACTSMS) here in Canberra runs an annual competition called "The Kittyhawk Cup", where all participants must build the same kit, out of the box. This year, the kit selected is the series of Airfix 1/48 Mustangs (any of the boxings). Kits must be built OOB, with the option to utilise other decals. I haven't entered the competition for a very long time, and have no real idea about Mustangs (being mainly a WW1 aircraft guy), but I decided to enter anyways. Not only that, but I also foolishly decided to build not one, but two Mustangs, both at the same time.... eek! I selected their P-51D and Mustang IV. The Airfix kit really is lovely, with few vices. The cockpit and wheels wells are a treat out of the box. The complex fuselage / inserts presented no problems. I had some problems with the fit of the undercarriage bay, which messed with the fit of the under-nose / inboard lower leading edge piece; this was probably my fault, but it did necessitate the use of some filler, some sanding and some re-scribing. The let down with this kit are the wheels – the diamond tread stops well short of the centre of the wheel halves, and this area requires a bit of clean up and re-scribing (which I did a rubbish job on). The only other slightly odd thing in this kit is the canopy – no amount of mucking about could get it to sit right, so I settled for “good enough”. Anyway, the two ponies are now across the line! Onto the final results… The P-51D was originally going to be an OD / Grey camouflaged machine, but eventually was built to represent “Contrary Mary”, 44-474251, flown by Lt.Col Roy Blair Caviness, Commander of the 78th Fighter Group, Duxford, England, August 1945. The decals came from the Lifelike Decals set 48-052. These decals were fantastic, conforming nicely and responding very positively to decal softener. All of the checkerboard markings were masked and sprayed… though I now have a new-found appreciation for compound curves, the result was less than perfect, but it’ll do. The NMF was attempted by using Alclads (6 or 7 different shades in total), which looked lovely, but various clear coats dulled them down a little so it all now just looks ‘silver’. Oh well. There is only one known photograph of this machine, and it wasn’t heavily weathered, so I kept it relatively clean. The Mustang IV was built to represent KH745 “BAE”, flown by Group Captain Brian A Eaton, previously of 3SQN, Royal Australian Air Force. This was his personal aircraft while the head of Number 239 Wing, based in Cervia, Italy, April 1945. He flew this aircraft frequently with 3SQN, RAAF. This machine carried the perforated engine grills, similar to US machines. The decals came from the Freightdog Models “Keeping the Peace Pt.I” set, FSD48009. Again, these decals were lovely. NMF was again Alclads. The pictures of this machine also show relatively little weathering, so I dirtied her up a little, but not too much. So, the two ponies are done. Apologies to all of the Mustang aficionados out there – I know very little about Mustangs so there is no doubt I mucked up plenty of things. I feel the need to paint something drab now…! Thanks for looking, and all feedback welcomed! Cheers, BC
  3. Hi all, It's been a while since I started new project and have already made some progress but decided to share build process here. Hope you will find it interesting. My plan is to build nice and shiny fourth generation Ford Mustang from mid '90s. I made my mind long time ago and want to have it in bright yellow with black and white interior. Something like this: So this is what we have to start with - quite simple and descent quality kit from Tamiya. Nicely moulded body with some minor issue required a bit of sanding. Model can be build in two ways hardtop or roof can be cut off to get convertible version. Large sprue with bumpers, chassis and interior parts: Smaller one with suspension, exhaust and some other parts: Really nice tyres and wheels. The are not too shiny - exactly as it should be. Sprue with clear parts and yellowed decal sheet. Luckily there are only couple of emblems and dashboard required so won't be a big problem. First of all I did a dry test assembly to see how all parts sit together. A bit worrying about huge gap between body and rear compartment. Hope it will be hidden with window installed. Obviously this is not the top quality kit from tamiya so some work on removing pin marks and putty needed. Also I decided to glue fenders. Looks much better to me. When I started sanding and preparing body Usually I prefer to re-scribe panel lines as deep as possible but in this case body has mirrored panel lines at back side which caused extra headache. First thick layer of primer to see imperfections: Painted exhaust and suspension parts: The most annoying part of the build so far was masking and painting chassis with engine imitation: Thanks for watching.
  4. Hi all, The Australian Capital Territory Scale Model Society (ACTSMS) here in Canberra runs an annual competition called "The Kittyhawk Cup", where all participants must build the same kit, out of the box. This year, the kit selected is the series of Airfix 1/48 Mustangs (any of the boxings). Kits must be built OOB, with the option to utilise other decals. I haven't entered the competition for a very long time, and have no real idea about Mustangs, but I decided to enter anyways (and I also needed a nice OOB build after my last build, the Lindberg Bristol Bulldog, here -https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235070808-148-lindberg-bristol-bulldog/). But not only that, I also foolishly decided to build not one, but two Mustangs, both at the same time (insert recipe for disaster here). I've selected their P-51D and Mustang IV, and will build a USAAF and RAF/RAAF machine respectively. So far I have been very impressed with Airfix's engineering. The parts fit together nicely (including the separate vertical stabiliser), and the cockpit seems nicely detailed. I am not sure how accurate the seat back or seat belts are, but as this is an OOB build, there's not much I can do. I have followed the painting guide in the instructions, so I make no apologies if I have the colours wrong somewhere (did I mention I pretty much know nothing about Mustangs?). Here is where things are at right now - the cockpit is painted up and ready to go. The instrument panel was done with a combination of decals and dry brushing, and I applied a splash of white glue on the dials to represent glass faces. I think i'll be able to get away with fitting the seat / seat back and radio boxes after painting is done (to aid with masking with the canopy off). here are some pics: The interior colour was Gunze Interior Green, with a bit of dry brushing. Humbrol Leather was used for the seat back as per the instructions, and the wooden floor was done with oil paints. Next step is fitting the interior, radiator / coolers and getting the fuselage together. It looks like this should be relatively trouble free from my test fitting. Anyone have any tips with building the Airfix Pony? All comments and feedback welcomed. Cheers, BC
  5. P-51D Mustang Canopy Set for Revell Kit. 1:32 AeroCraft Models There was little doubt that once the new Revell 1.32 P-51D is a great kit, however one of the areas that lets it down is the overly thick canopy. Ali has worked on this with a new resin canopy. This new canopy is very thin for a resin one, and this reviewer at first thought it was vac form. The canopy is thin and as distortion free as it can be while still keeping all the lines needed for masking. Indeed for masking internal support will be a must. The caopy shown here is as it comes and the clarity is good, but will no doubt be improved with a light polish, and or dip in your solution of choice. Review samples courtesy of
  6. P-51H Mustang (4817) 1:48 ModelSvit The P-51H was the final production version of North American's famous fighter, and probably the least well known. Designed with all the experience gained with the production and experimental aircraft,, and powered by the new V-1650-9 engine it was the pinnacle of the types development. Compared to the more famous P-51D as well as a more powerful engine the H had a longer fuselage with larger tail to reduce the tendency to yaw. A new radiator served to streamline the aircraft, which as well as being lighter enabled to aircraft to reach 472 mph. Access was also improved to the guns and ammunition storage from lessons learnt during war time operations. 2000 of the aircraft were ordered, however due to then ending of WWII the orders were cut back. While some were issued to operational units none saw combat in WWII. 555 Aircraft had been produced before production was stopped. The aircraft would eventually be used by many Air National Guard units and would not even see combat in Korea. Even though it was a better aircraft than the P-51D, the D was a combat proven aircraft and a know commodity for the USAF, this along with the fact that there was a large number of available aircraft, spares and combat trained pilots would ensure the P-51H would not see any combat action at all. 1 Aircraft was sent to the RAF for evaluation. Even though not a successful aircraft its legacy lived on in the fact that North American were able to use many of the aerodynamic advances made in its development in its development of its new jet aircraft. Certainly the FJ-1 and the initial non swept wing prototypes of the F-86 can trace its linage back to the P-51H. Kit This is the eagerly awaited new kit from Modelsvit. The kit resembles a high quality shorter run kit with fine surface details. While the parts resemble some more main stream manufactures in appearance they will no doubt need more care in the assembly. In the box we get 8 sprues of grey plastic, a clear sprue, a PE fret, masks, an instrument panel film; and two decal sheets. Construction starts in the conventional way with the cockpit. The seat is made up with PE belts supplied. The sidewalls get a variety of parts and the area behind the pilots seat gets armour and other parts. The instrument panel is a plastic/PE/Film sandwich. The complete cockpit can then be put together and the seat installed, Moving on to the main fuselage, the exhausts are added at the front, then the rear wheel well is built up as the rear exit for the radiator. Once these are done the cockpit can be installed and the main fuselage closed up. Once this is done a few parts are added to the front and the gun sight is added. Construction then moves to the wings. The flaps and ailerons are built up and put to one side. The main gear well is then built up into the lower one part wing. Once this is done the left/right uppers can be added along with the rear parts which cover the flap areas. The main and tail landing gear is built up at this time, with the rear being added into the fuselage along with the rear scoop for the intake. The ailerons are added to the main wing and then this is attached to the fuselage. Then the tailplanes and their control surfaces are added as well. Now we are on the finishing straight. The flaps are fitted, along with the main landing gear and the gear door. The propeller is assembled and added. Next up the canopy is fitted. Here Modelsvit proved a one part canopy if you want to model the aircraft with it closed, or a two part if you want it open. The prominent aerials are then fitted. Lastly drop tanks and rockets are supplied if the modeller wishes to use them. . Decals There are 4 schemes provided in the kit; the decals are well printed with no obvious flaws, there is one sheet with most of the colour on, and ten another with all the black codes. From the box you can build; 44-64561, 182nd FBS, Texas ANG (as per the box art) 44-64347, 101st FIS, Massachusetts ANG 44-64351, 132nd FIS, New Hampshire ANG KN987, Evaluation aircraft provided to the RAF Conclusion It is good to see a decent model of the P-51H available, this should build up to make an eye catching model if care is taken with the build. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. This thread on building and comparing Airfix P-51 kits really got started in the P-51 STGB just finished this year, where I managed to complete 'Fool's Paradise IV' using the first tooling Airfix kit. I have continued on but since I intend to keep this WIP thread going for some time, I'll include this first build here as comparisons will be made later. For 'Fool's Paradise IV', I've got the Red Stripe Bag 'boxing'... The kit comes in silver-grey plastic, only 30 parts. Raised detail outside but absolutely zero detail inside the cockpit area, other than two pins for the pilot to perch on. That said, the pilot has gone AWOL so I'll need to set up an 'office' that will tempt him back. All the gen on the 'North American P-51D Mustang' - I fancy doing a check on how this lines up with the wealth of reference material made available here. Ditto for the colour scheme given for this particular aircraft... Stand assembled (!) - needed the holes in the base drilled out slightly to get the pins in. Prop spindle into the rear of the spinner/prop (meant to be the 'cuffed' version?) - looks like a much larger hole but if you push the spindle in, it seems to locate into a smaller hole inside. Checked for 'spin' in the dry fitted fuselage halves, of course. Main wing halves assembled and I will be doing this wheels up so undercarriage doors fitted - pins at the top of the doors (there for location if wheels down) were removed as per the 'locate and cement' instructions. Also, the 'strut' across the inboard edge of the wheel wells needs to be removed to let the large inner doors mate up. Stabilisers fitted to the fuselage halves. Large undercarriage doors fitted to the fuselage halves - curved corner forwards to match up with the cut-outs in the wings. Dry fit of the wings was very good. Exhaust stubs fitted to the fuselage halves - they seemed to be along one edge of the 'carrier' plates and I put these so they are along the lower edge of the raised area on the fuselage Drop tanks assembled - I'll need to check that 'smooth' tanks, i.e. without the horizontal seam, are correct. The canopy will show up the yawning hole beneath once the fuselage halves are together so doing something about that will be the next job The 1974 tooling should get mentioned - I managed to lay my hands on one of those as well, 'Cripes A'Mighty'. Cracking on with the ancient kit, I really had some great fun creating some of the missing detail: There is a hole for the tailwheel but no well for the doors. The tailwheel will be up so I cut out the space for the kit doors and glued them in each fuselage half. Will save me making a mess of scribing. For the airscoop, I thinned out the intake mouth and cut in a bit under the fuselage to create the idea of separation from the fuselage underside. For the exit from the airscoop, the aircraft will be in flight, with the moveable exit door 'closed' (so I'll scribe in) but there is still an exit hole which does not fully close up - all part of the 'jet' exit assisting speed, I think. Internal surfaces / rad etc. made up from plastic card. There is also an oil cooler exit underneath 'the doghouse' so I cut a hole in (from looking at the details on some of the excellent build threads in this GB) and put some internal surfaces in using plastic card. Once the fuselage is together, there is a bit of surface shaping detail to go on. Empty coaming area at the front of the cockpit formed from thin plastic card. Floor, seat with cushion and IP made up from plastic card - In a moment of inspiration, after cutting the provided seat pegs off the fuselage interior, I trimmed one of them to act as the seat headrest. Assorted gizmos attached to the sides of the cockpit, hoping some of them look like throttle and flap controls. Radio deck behind the seat made up from plastic card and block. Fuel tank filler (?) is courtesy of a q-tip shaft - looks massive. I think the IP may need to come forward a bit so the pilot can see the dials but hopefully some paint will lend a bit of credibility to this lot. Stick and gunsight will be added later. Paint applied to the cockpit with some red and yellow thrown in to make it more interesting. In the background, 'Cripes A'Mighty' is keeping pace. Why didn't Airfix put the drop tank joins on the sides rather than the top and bottom? I had a brainwave to put seams on the drop tanks using thread - the thread held in place then extra thin cement run along it to soak through and stick to the plastic - one done and let's see what it looks like under paint. The cuffs on the propblades weren't too prominent - it just looked like big thick blades hitting the spinner. I used a file to try to show a change in curve / boundary where the prop blades enter the cuffs and where the cuffs come down to the spinner, as in the pic below. I'll work on this as things progress. Wings, tanks and aerial mast are on and seam filling well advanced! I've built up the coaming at the front of the cockpit so that will need more shaping when it is completely dry. On the underside, I've put in some plastic sheet to try to get some better shape around the main air intake and the oil cooler outlet. Humbrol 14 'French Blue' is on the spinner and nose but will be masked back and either 66 or 155 Olive Drab put on the anti-glare strip. For the NMF, I'm trying brush coating 191 'Chrome' - looks good in real life and I'll try Silver on the control surfaces to give a bit of variation. Canopy frame painting is in progress, stick is ready to paint and a pilot has been found. More painting in progress on the ancient P-51D - got the Olive Drab anti-glare strip masked off and using Humbrol 155 (a bit greener than 66). Canopy frame, pilot and stick painting in progress and I've done the rudder in 11 Silver since it is a fabric covered surface - thankfully, you can see a difference in shade to the rest of the fin which is my version of NMF. Those old transfers have been given a coat of Liquid Decal Film so fingers crossed..... Pilot and stick are in and I added a rudimentary gunsight using a piece from the kit sprues. Canopy frame painting is complete. Prop blades have their yellow tips. I dotted in the fuel tank filler caps on the wings and port fuselage in red and there was an adjacent detail on the port fuselage which I think is perhaps a coolant or oil filler cap (black). I scribed in a channel behind the cockpit to represent the rail on which the 'hood' slides back. Canopy is now on and this gives a good view of all the key transfers - all behaved beautifully except for the star and bar below the starboard wing. Matt Cote on the prop, spinner, anti-glare strip, exhaust stubs and gun barrels and Satin Cote everywhere else. Wingtip navigation lights were 'dotted on' with the flat end of a small drill bit. I wasn't sure at first but to the naked eye, the Humbrol 14 French Blue is a pretty good match for the blue of the decals. Starboard side view.... The Humbrol 191 has done a decent job of masquerading as NMF. You can't see it here but I had to 'draw in' the front air intake below the spinner with a thin black marker as no detail was provided by Airfix on this kit. Exhaust stubs were given a dry brush with darkened bronze to give a hot/burnt look. The shrouds around the stubs could have been given a darker shade to distinguish from the NMF of the surrounding cowl panels. View of the underside with recognition lights under the starboard wingtip. I also put some black on the intake grilles under the nose - Airfix just have a set of raised dots there rather than holes. No oily stains or sooting around vents or gun barrels on as yet. One of the wing tanks has picked up a bit of grit while the paint was wet but I can give that a smooth off later. Engine run! I think I can call this finished now. I really enjoyed this one and it was engrossing getting into all the P-51 details. The P-51 really is a clean looking aircraft - I'm a confirmed fan, now. While the paints were out for 'Fool's Paradise IV', I took the opportunity to keep 'Cripes A'Mighty moving along. Should be able to get the fuselage closed up now but want to do a bit more detail around that 'doghouse' exit again - I'm sure it doesn't fully close while the aircraft is in flight. More progress on Cripes A'Mighty - looking underneath the fuselage, again, there is no radiator and oil cooler outlets - there are some handy panel lines to work to though and there is the newly arrived 'new tool' kit to compare with. Prop and spinner assembled and fuselage closed up with stick and pilot in. Stabilisers and wings on - good fit all round. Tempting fate by putting on the radio mast at this stage - its broken once already when coming off the sprue. I'm fitting the bombs rather than the long range tanks, just like the box art. Bombs in Olive Drab but requiring some red bands? Exhaust stubs painted and on - makes painting the surrounding shrouds a bit easier for me. Fuselage seams to be sanded and those big grooves along the top flap/elevator joints maybe need some filling. On the underside, I carefully cut out the doghouse exit - I've seen film now of P-51's in flight with the rad door fully closed and there is still an open outlet showing so I'm confident with this mod. However, I managed to cut and make the moveable rad outlet using the plastic already there. Some plastic card fitted inside to fill the gaping hole exposed. Also, card and small bar inside the wheel wells which lack any sort of detail. The rad inlet is molded properly this time showing separation from the underside of the fuselage. Insides painted - used Interior Green in the wheel wells before I remembered that most modellers are doing this in silver - must check this out. I have done the inside of the undercarriage doors in silver. Here's something interesting, I compared the canopy from the 1974 kit with the one on Fool's Paradise IV which we thought was giving that kit the 'cartoon' look - it's the same length but not so tall and with a smaller windscreen section, I think. Looking at the two kits side by side, the subtly lower canopy on Cripes A'Mighty does look better. There are two canopies supplied with the 'new tool' kit so one of them might end up on Fool's Paradise IV. Insides of the wheel wells repainted in Aluminium and part invasion stripes applied to the underside. I've also added in an oil cooler outlet again, trying to follow the 'panel lines' on the kit. Came out a bit oversized but at least it is there. Got the invasion stripes painted on on the fuselage underside - 18" in real life so used 6mm masking tape. Filled the large channel where the upper wing sections locate to the lower and the wing and stabiliers join to the fuselage. Last look in the cockpit before the canopy goes on. Masking in place for the spraying of the NMF. NMF is sprayed using Rustoleum Metallic Silver and leaving to dry before taking the masking off - hopefully no fingerprints!!
  8. Hi guys and girls I'm back again this time with a mustang. I wanted to do one in a British livery and also try out some metallic paint for the first time and opted for the AK xtreme metal range. I used the black base, polished aluminium an aluminium left it about a day and a half. It was dry to the touch so picked it up to carry on and after a few seconds the paint seemed to start to go soft thus ruining the paint job, so rubbed the areas back and tried again. All was well until I tried to mask off panels for the variation and ruined the paint again. After about 4 attempts I have a finish that's ok if you dont get too close haha. I snapped the port side tailplane off twice and the antenna was just a blob of flash and was unsalvagable so was whittled out of a match stick. The aftermarket wheels which stated, they were for Airfix didnt fit as they have small round holes and the kit legs have a block shape which snapped when the wheels went on. To be honest the whole undercarrage part was a struggle for me, I have clubbing off the fingers and it's a challenge I can tell you. Anyway enough with the things that went wrong, fun build, it'll stay in the display cabinet as long as it holds up lol. One word on the Xtradecal X72131, either they are wrong or I have messed up. The roundels on the wings state to have the small ones on top and the large on the bottom. Hopefully I'm right. Here it is..... Thanks for having a look, Stay safe. Dave.
  9. In the Facebook comments about a future P-51H kit (Link), Modelsvit team has also announced that a new tool 1/48th North American F-82G Twin Mustang is also in the pipe line. Source: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2231688117100227&id=1854784001457309 V. P.
  10. Started a couple of weeks ago building my Favourite Xmas gift, Eduard Royal Class P-51D. Like you probably know this Edition always comes with 2 complete kits, and this one also spares to build a third if you have the wings and elevators available in your stash. So it’s also a dual build, the goal is to complete both a D-5 and a later D model (with fin) at the same time.
  11. 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.
  12. P-51D 110gal & 165gal Fuel Tanks (648531 & 648532) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Mustangs used a few types of drop tanks when they were accompanying the bombers or ranging far and wide during the latter stages of WWII, and although some were made of compressed paper, others were stamped metal. We’ve got two highly detailed resin sets here. As is now usual with Eduard's smaller resin sets, they arrive in the new shallow Brassin cardboard box, with the resin parts safely cocooned in bags, and the instructions folded around acting as padding. P-51D 110gal Fuel Tanks (648531) This set contains two tanks (one for each wing. Shocker!), plus four anti-sway panels all in resin, with a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) circular valves to replace the moulded-in resin representations that may or may not get obliterated during the removal of the casting blocks. Eduard even include a scrap diagram with distances in case you completely sand them away, allowing you to replace them easily. The tanks fit onto the kit pylons with a brace on each side that fits into a slot in the tank, plus a short piece of 0.6mm wire from your own stocks to portray the feed tube. A small sets of decals are included for stencilling, and you can see the paint and decaling instructions on the front of the booklet, using Gunze codes for the paints, as usual. P-51D 165gal Fuel Tanks (648532) Ostensibly the same in terms of construction as the set above, only larger to accommodate the increase fuel load and with different seam lines. There are no drain valves on the bottoms of these tanks though, so no PE parts are needed. The seam runs vertically around the tanks too, and has a different layout of the stencils, which is visible on the front of the instructions again. You’ll need some 0.4mm wire to play the part of the hose too, so remember to get something in stock before you begin. Review sample courtesy of
  13. I need a bit of help with the depiction of the name on Bud Anderson's P-51D 'Old Crow'. Was the name - and the engine cowling - repainted when the plane was changed from camouflage finish to bare metal? These are the only photos I've found in books and the web; This has already been discussed on the P-51 Mustang STGB IV Chat page. But due to the problems with the only low-res photo of the camouflaged plane, no conclusion could be made. @gingerbob and @Toryu have been very helpful, and Michael provided me some useful background on the plane's history; The side view above is also presented in Merle Olmsted's 'The Yoxford Boys' with the following caption: "... It was received at the 8th Air Force depot at Wharton in the first week of September, 1944, just off the freighter from Newark N.J. It would have arrived at Leiston a week or two later, where it was apparently immediately painted in RAF green and Anderson flew it like that until winter came on, when his crew stripped it back to bare metal. It was eventually scrapped in November, 1945." When the paint was quickly removed in late 44/early 45, it would make sense that they'd have left the name. Why bother stripping the paint and the name? And from what I've read it was done in a hurry overnight. But the individual characters of the name look 'fatter' on the camouflaged plane, and the SuperScale decals I've just got provide two versions stipulating to use the 'slimmer' one on the NMF plane. Photos can be deceptive, and although the name looks 'fatter' on the camou photo, this may not necessarily be the case. Its very low resolution and the white of the name may have 'spread' due to the size of the pixels. And exposure and printing can make a difference to how things look in photos. Does anyone have access to a better photo? Any thoughts or advice gratefully received. I have one week left to complete it! Cheers,
  14. North American P-51D "Yoxford Girls" (ED48008) 1:48 Exito Decals Polish company Exito are fairly new to us, and have launched their brand from their website where they also sell general modelling "stuff" such as kits, tools, books and so forth. They have sent us this new sheet for the P-51D Mustang operated by the 357th Fighter Group fro RAF Leiston. They were known as the Yoxford bouys after the nearby village of Yoxford, and this sheet is a play on that with aircraft suitably adorned with female nose art. No kit is mentioned but the should fit any of the readily available kit.s They arrive in a slightly larger than A4 releasable bag that is stiffened by a large piece of card, a sheet of paper front and rear, with the decals hiding in the back, and a set of side profiles on the front advertising what's inside. Inside are the decals of course, plus a page devoted to each option, which is printed on heavy glossy stock on both sides, with three-view profiles, a photo of the aircraft in question, and other information that may be of use to the modeller. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. There are sufficient national decals on the sheet to model each of the three options (which is a good idea), with a dotted line encompassing each option. From the sheet you can decal one of the following: P-51D-5-NA, 44-16391 "Passion Wagon" flown by Lt AJ Roberson 362nd FS, 357th FG Autumn 1944. P-51D-5-NA, 44-13712 "Reluctant Rebel" flown by Capt RW Fory, 363rd FS, 357th FG July/Augist 1944. P-51D-20-NA, 44-63629 "Shady Lady" flown by Lt JA Miller, 363rd FS, 357FG Spring 1945. Conclusion What a professional and attractive package this makes. As well as some cracking decals, you get profiles of all the options that are of such high quality that they could be framed or incorporated in the display of your finished model. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Hi guys, Going to enter with the Eduard Chattango Choo Choo model. It seems a nice kit, but I have noticed the landing gear seems off. So any advice there will be appreciated! Pictures will follow very shortly, I've managed to break my phone's camera so have to use the DSLR and transfer it all over. Anyway, the main attraction which is the markings. In the kit there are six markings, five of them nmf and then one OD and NG. I'm leaning towards the OD and NG but I also like the miss Steve marking! Choices choices! Waffling over and let's crack on! Thanks for looking Any comments, suggestions or criticisms are welcome! Joss
  16. Good morning everyone I’ve recently joined Britmodeller and this is the first of two recently completed 1/72 scale builds - well not really ‘builds’ as they were more ‘restoration’ projects! A friend gave me the (Revell I believe) P-51B Mustang without propeller, canopy and landing gear, and in olive drab camouflage. I used a spare Malcolm hood and a set of Techmod decals to recreate this Mustang III flown by Squadron Leader Eugeniusz Horbaczewski of 315 Squadron, RAF in June 1944. The second aircraft is a restored Republic F-47N (P-47N until 1948) Thunderbolt of the 198th Fighter Squadron (Augmented), Puerto Rico Air National Guard, 1947-53. This model (probably Revell too) is a P-47M and also came in olive drab with a damaged undercarriage, missing canopy and propeller. I used Blue Rider Aircraft decals, a Quickboost propeller and a Falcon canopy; I also used the project to experiment with Tamiya AS-12 Bare metal silver finish. On a note of historical accuracy the subject aircraft - ‘Wild Hare’ 44-89425 which resides in the Peterson Air and Space Museum, Peterson AFB, Colorado - is a ’N’ version with slightly longer wing span (to hold more fuel for Pacific missions) while the kit I restored is an ‘M’ version. Thanks for looking! Mike
  17. P-51D Upgrades (for Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Brassin We’ve got Eduard’s new P-51D Mustang at the top of the heap in 1:48, and they’re filling all those remaining holes for the super-detailers with additional sets of Photo-Etch and masks, plus resin sets, which I’ll detail in a separate review. P-51D Upgrade Set (481000) This fret of bare brass contains detail parts to upgrade the kit in the cockpit and around the airframe. Starting with the aft compartment with skins for the boxes, additional parts for the sidewalls, rudder pedal skins, a new brass seat to optionally replace the tubular framed kit one, or to upgrade the bracing struts at the sides and top. In the gear bays there are additional hoses and clips to retain the bay doors when closed, with more hoses and oleo-scissors on the legs themselves. In the radiator bay there are new skins for the radiator cores and an additional internal structure with oval grille, with a new cooling flap at the rear. In the nose there is an insert that fits into the two options for the grilles under the nose, either mesh or perforated. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1021) STEEL seatbelts are etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. Tface Masks (EX663) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy both inside and out, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels and formation lights, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Decals (D48033) If you need some extra National Markings for your US P-51D then Eduard supply these as a separate decal sheet. These are printed in house by Eduard and should pose no issues. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Is there anything definitive on the colour of the sides (outer) of the P-51B Mustang radiator flap? The vent that lowers at the rear of the fuselage. Searching on the web and BM have drawn a blank. various possibilities occur to me; Same as the underside (neutral grey for the plane I'm modelling). Zinc Chromate, either straight (yellowish) or mixed (interior green). Silver, either NMF or doped. Cheers,
  19. P-51D Wheels 1:48 Eduard Brassin - For Eduard Kit Kit Wheel Sets Arriving the envelopes we normally see the PE in, Eduard have gone to town providing different tread pattern wheels for their new kit. All are well cast with separate hubs, each set includes a new tail wheel, and masks (not shown) . 648511 Diamond Tread 648512 Rhomboid Tread 648513 Pointed Cross Tread 648514 Grooved Tread 648505 Block Tread 648504 Cross Tread 648503 Oval Tread Review samples courtesy of
  20. Hi Folks, Probably a simple question for the Mustang experts out there (maybe @gingerbob?)... Should the top engine cowl have a panel line down it? It would be good to know before the paint goes on. Many thanks, Oops - I meant to post this in Mustang Chat, but got it wrong! Can you move it for me please Patrice? @TEMPESTMK5
  21. P-51D-10 & P-51D-15+LööK Panels 1:48 Eduard - For Eduard Kit LööK Sets Arriving the envelopes we normally see the PE in, each set of 3D panels is accompanied by a set pf PE seatbelts as well . P-51D-10 P-51D-15+ Review samples courtesy of
  22. P-51D-5 Mustang (82101) 1:48 Eduard ProfiPACK Kit The P-51D was developed by the North American Aviation company as a possible fighter for Great Britain, but due to the poor performance of the engine initially fitted it wasn’t all that good. Luckily they strapped a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine into the airframe and it brought out the best of its design, which included the energy efficient laminar flow wing that gave it the potential to escort Allied bombers all the way to Berlin with the addition of drop-tanks and a lean mixture when not in combat. It was flown in this guise as the Mustang III in British service, and as the P-51B/C in US service, then as the P-51D with the bubble canopy and cut-down aft fuselage, with an additional fin-fillet added later to improve stability that had been reduced by the new shape and fuel tank location. This is the Mustang that most people think of when they hear the name, unless they’re more of a petrol head. Kit This is the eagerly awaited new kit from Eduard. It is a new tool with everything you would expect from a new tool Eduard kit in terms of excellent quality. Construction starts in the cockpit, and as you would expect there is quite a lot of detail straight from the box. The seat is first made up with PE seat belts being added. This is placed on the cockpit floor along with the control column. Behind the seat the radios are added. The sidewalls for the cockpit are separate and these have small parts added before these are put into the fuselage sides. The instrument panel from PE is then added. Also added into the fuselage sides at this point are the backing plates for the exhausts and rear tail well. Construction then moves to the wings. The main wheel well is built up with a representative main spar at the front. The rear wall and all the cross plates are separate pieces. Once the main well is in the top wings can be added to the lower wing. At the font the guns are provided as insert parts. Separate ailerons are then added. The wing can then be joined with the fuselage. At the rear the tailplanes and their control surfaces are added along with the rudder. All these have realistic moulding for the fabric covering. On the underside the tail wheel is added along with the intake lip and engine vents if used for your marking option. Its then time for the flaps and main gear. It would appear the flaps are only in the lowered position so if you are going to do an "in flight" model you will need to do a bit of extra work. For the gear the wheels are in two halves with separate hubs and a three part leg. These are added along with the outer door. The inner doors can also be added at this time. Going back to the main fuselage at the front the exhausts are added, these are different ones depending on the marking option being used. The propeller and spinner are assembled and then added. The main upright aerial is added. The canopy can then go on. Eduard seem to be moulding these thinner at present, while these look good the downside is that they come off the sprues. In the review sample and kits which have been purchased there are clear parts off all the sprues. Masks (not shown) are provided for painting. Lastley for the underside both metal and paper droptanks are provided. . Decals These are in house from Eduard and should pose no problems. As well as the markings there is full stencil data, and information about which areas were left Natural Metal, and which areas were painted. There are markings for 5 different aircraft, but 6 schemes as Cripes A Mighty 3rd is shown with either full invasion stripes in June 44, or partial ones it wore later on. The options are; P-51D-5 1/48 - s/n 44-13318, "Frenesi" flown by Lt. Col. Thomas L. Hayes Jr., 364th FS, 357th FG, 8th AF, Leiston, England, June 1944 (Box art) P-51D-5 1/48 - s/n 44-13321, "Cripes A Mighty 3rd" Flown by Maj. George Preddy Jr, 487th FS, 352nd FG, 8th AF, Bodney, England, August 1944 P-51D-5 1/48 - s/n 44-13321, "Cripes A Mighty 3rd" flown by Maj. George Preddy Jr., 487th FS, 352nd FG, 8th AF, Bodney, England, June 1944 P-51D-5 1/48 - s/n 44-13321, "Devastating Dottie" flown by Capt. John M. Simmons Jr., 317th FS, 325th FG, 15th AF, Lesina, Italy, August 1944 P-51D-5 1/48 - s/n 44-13606, "Louisiana Heatwave" flown by Capt. Claude J. Crenshaw, 369th FS, 359th FG, 8th AF, East Wretham, England, September 1944 P-51D-5 1/48 - s/n 44-13859, flown by Lt. Walter Mullins, 55th FS, 20th FG, 8th AF, Kings Cliffe, England, September 1944 Conclusion It is good to see another new P-51D Mustang kit available, and this is everything you would expect from Eduard. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. P-51D Gun Bays (648517) 1:48 Eduard for Eduard Kit This set contains 38 resin parts & PE to fit gun bays to the new Eduard kit. The set contains parts for the gun bays. As well as the bays there are the guns and ammo belts. Decals are provided for the loading instructions inside the doors. Some surgery to the kits wings is needed, through note a lot, mainly just removing the panels. This set should get good results and would suit some kind of loading diorama. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. I'll jump in with the Lift Here Models 1/72 Piper Enforcer, which started out as the Cavalier Mustang, an aircraft created for the COIN or counter-insurgency mission. It began as a creation of Dave Lindsay, owner of Cavalier Aircraft, but as his company was too small to mass produce the design, it was sold to Piper Aircraft around 1970. Not to be confused with the earlier Cavalier Turbo Mustang III, which used a Rolls-Royce Dart 519 engine, the PA-48 Enforcers used the Lycoming T-55-L-9 turbo. While never accepted for manufacture, they were still 19% ACTUAL Mustang, and they looked like a Mustang! As of now the fuse halves and cockpit stuff have been sawed from sprues, soaked in Green Stuff cleaner, and primed with Alclad II grey primer. They await December 14th! Ed
  25. P-51D Cockpit Set (648522) 1:48 Eduard Brassin - For Eduard Kit Cockpit Set Arriving in the now normal (more eco friendly?) black box is this new brassin set for the new Eduard P-51D. Inside are 28 resin parts, a coloured photo etched fret, a small film sheet, and a small decal sheet.The photo etch parts are for the multi part instrument panel, seatbelts, and the area to the rear of the cockpit under the canopy,as well as a few smaller parts. In resin we get a new cockpit floor with the instrument housing at the front, control column, pilots seat complete with head armour, two fully detailed side consoles, gunsight & coaming, main canopy frame, and the radio area behind the pilot. The decal sheet provides cockpit placards. Review sample courtesy of
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