P-51B "von Mustang"
North American P-51B
1/48 scale P-51B Mustang is available online from
These markings were from the new Cutting Edge sheet
featuring captured aircraft in service with JG 200, AKA "Zircus
Rosarius". I fancied building it right away as the colours on this
particular P-51B jumped out at me.
Tamiya's 1/48 scale P-51B Mustang was the kit
chosen for the decals.
This model was such a simple build that it hardly
seemed like any effort to get together. I can highly recommend this kit
to anyone with any level of ability and guarantee a respectable result.
It took a grand total of an evening to build and that included painting
and weathering the cockpit.
The only details that I added are the really superb
etched/pre-painted seatbelts from Eduard.
I used Alclad for the metal finish and I really do
love this gear. I found an old bottle of "shade" in my paints box and
find myself wondering why on earth they no longer offer this colour. A
strong hint to the producers MAKE MORE AVAILABLE NOW I'M RUNNING LOW.
That is what I used to shade the lines on the metal surfaces and as you
can see it's great stuff. The rest was your standard and always reliable
This sheet is up to Cutting Edge's usual standards
and went on with no effort, requiring little or no microset and very
little microsol to settle down.
I confess that I felt a bit gutted when I looked at
the finished model as I thought that the big black cross on the fuselage
takes away from the lines of this beautiful aircraft.
Still it's an interesting subject and stands out in
the case at the shop alongside all of the other guys American ones!
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2004 by Jay Laverty
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