by Phil Hastie
82 Sqn. Royal Australian Air Force
1/72 scale F-51D Mustang is available online from Squadron
This model is built straight from the box using the
Tamiya 1/72 Scale F-51D kit with nose art decals from the Ventura P-51D
RAAF/RNZAF sheet, roundels and numbers from Aussie Decals and the
Aircraft Identification markings were painted on by hand.
The subject aircraft is depicted with a black
diamond marking in “Mustangs of the RAAF and RNZAF” by Peter Anderson. I
believe this is what Ventura based their decals on, but later research
has shown it to be red in colour. A picture on page 29 of this book
shows the diamond to be a different tonal value to the black serial
number. Recently the newest P-51D warbird restoration in Australia has
been painted with these markings but with the Squadron’s “FA” codes in
front of the fuselage roundels.
The wing panel lines were filled, sanded and
painted with Humbrol 56 Aluminium to give the look of the NACA wing that
was fitted to the P-51D.
fuselage was painted with Testor Model Masters Metallic Polished
Aluminium and sealed with Johnson Super Stride (the Aussie equivalent of
Future). Super Stride was also used as the gloss cote all through the
The silver colour scheme was referenced from the
book “The Modeller’s Guide To The RAAF Mustang” by Gary Byk. This book
is a great reference book for any P-51 modeller.
The Ventura decals started to crack on me during application due to
their age and this is why I had to use the Aussie Decals for the serial
numbers and roundels.
I discovered after making nice little strips of
black decals for the aircraft identification markings and applying them
that they should have been red not black, and I then had to carefully
hand paint the red over top of the black decals.
The kit goes together really well with no major problems that I could
find and the panel lines whilst needing to be filled for correct
interpretation of the NACA wing are not to deep. I found the seatbelt
decal whilst not 3D was still effective in this scale.
The kit also includes the correct blades to build a
P-51K. This model is the best 1/72 scale kit around is reasonable value
at around USD$14.00 in Australia
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