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Plastic 1/48 P-51B Mustang Airplane from Tamiya.
The first Allison powered P-51's were good airplanes but lacked the high
altitude performance to be effective bomber escorts. That changed when the
basic P-51 airframe was mated with a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine to create the
P-51B. Tamiya's rendition of the Mustang builds up into an impressive, highly
detailed 1/48th scale replica with accurate interior and exterior detail. High
quality water activated decals are included for three aircraft.
Highly detailed 1/48th scale plastic kit for static display.
Approximately 60 parts in medium grey and clear with fine recessed
Accurately captures features of P-51B: wings, gear doors, canopy.
Multi-part canopy may be posed open or closed - Malcolm Hood
Main wheels have separate hubs for easy painting.
Highly detailed cockpit with accurate instrument panel, seat, control
stick and rudder pedals, bulkheads, and sculpted pilot figure.
2 styles of exhaust stubs, optional position flaps, drop tanks.
Detailed pictorial instructions.
Single sheet of InvisaClear decals by Scalemaster. These decals are
very precisely printed so that the clear carrier layer is kept to
a minimum and does not show on the completed model.
1: 336th FS 4th FG Capt. D Gentile "Shangri La".
Top: Olive drab; Bottom: Neutral Grey; Spinner: White w/red
2: 358th FS 355th FG Lt William Hovde "Ole II".
Same as A: except; Spinner: Cream.
3: 339th FS 504th FG "Bonny Bea" S/N 210933.
Fuselage: Bare metal w/Olive drab anti-glare panel; Wings: Silver;
Spinner: White w/red stripe (decal); Nose: Red and white checked.
Paints Required: Colors are all flat except where indicated:
Detail colors: Interior Green, Black, Silver, Yellow, Red, Blue,
Khaki, Tan, Buff, Gloss Red, Semi-gloss Black, Flesh, Green, Brown,
and Gloss Blue.
One 1/48 P-51B Mustang Airplane
Paint: (see MARKING OPTIONS)
Cement for plastics (TESR3512)
Nice-to-have tools: Needle File Set, Sprue Cutter, Airbrush and
Wingspan: 9-1/4" (23.5cm)
Fuselage Length: 8" (20.5cm)
As exquisite as the cockpit detail in this kit is it does suffer from
a small accuracy problem. In the original Allison powered
Mustangs the cockpit floor was actually the top surface of the wing
, resulting in a curved surface. The change to the Merlin engine
require modifications which made the fuselage taller.
Consequently, a flat wooden floor was installed in all P-51's from
the B model onwards. However, this kit has the curved floor
appropriate to an early Mustang. It's easily fixed with some