Academy's 1/72 scale P-51B
by Glen Porter
3 Sqn RAAF, Fano, Italy, Winter 1944/45
1/72 scale P-51B is available online from Squadron.com for less than
images by Brett Green
Here is Academy's 1/72 scale P-51B Mustang built as an RAAF Mustang
I finished this model about 7 or 8 years ago. When I saw the current
theme on Hyperscale, I asked Brett to photograph it for me and submit
it. He suggested we put it in the Gallery as well, so here goes.
Academy's 1/72 scale P-51B Mustang goes together very well and seems
reasonably accurate. The only major fault is the canopy/windscreen which
is too long in the windscreen and therefore too short in the rest. I
chose to use the open kit example, (it also comes with a closed one and
a Malcolm hood), because the fault is less noticeable and I don't like
using vacform canopies.
While painting the interior I broke the seat so I took one from a
Hawkeye Designs P-51B interior set which has the belts moulded on. Very
The only other modification was dropping the flaps, something Academy
offered in their not so good P-51D but haven't bothered with in
the B/C or A kits. This was before I realised that the inner end of the
flap sat up under the trailing edge of the wing root fairing.
The flaps are on both the upper and lower wing mouldings so it was a
simple matter of cutting them out, gluing them together and then gluing
some plastic tube along the leading edge. Some filler at either end
completed the job.
The rest of the kit is built straight from the box, painted with Model
Master enamels and I used markings from Aussie Decals' Mustang set.
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