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Tamiya's 1/48 scale
P-51D Mustang

by Brian Bourdon

North American P-51D Mustang



This is Tamiya’s quarter scale P-51D.  I would consider this an OOB build, even though the cockpit benefited from the addition of Eduard’s Zoom set as well as a few odds and ends.   The canopy rails and the gun sight were repurposed from an ancient photo etch fret designed for the Monogram Mustang.  And, as I didn’t fancy fussing with Tamiya’s two piece sliding canopy, I replaced it with a more user friendly version sourced from my spares box.  



The exterior was painted with a mix of XF16 (aluminum) and X11 (Chrome) in equal amounts as per Tamiya’s recommendation.  I’m not sure that this exactly replicates the waxy finish of the real aircraft, though I suspect it is close enough.   



I find Tamiya decals difficult to work with and so the artwork for Lt/Col John C. Meyers’ colorful ‘Petit 2nd’ was borrowed from a Hasegawa sheet. 

The stencils and national markings are vintage Super Scale.

Model and Text Copyright 2021 by Brian Bourdon
Page Created 14 May, 2021
Last Updated 14 May, 2021

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