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Mustang Mk.IV

by Randy Lutz

 

Mustang Mk.IV

 


Tamiya's 1/48 scale P-51D Mustang is available online from Squadron.com

 

Introduction

 

Here are some images of my 1/48 Tamiya P-51D Mustang.

It is finished to represent a NORTH AMERICAN MUSTANG MK.IV of the Experimental and Proving Establishment while based at Uplands Air Base in Ottawa, Ontario during June 1951.

There are two things about this subject that really appeal to me. The first is the simplicity of the scheme and markings. One is not overwhelmed by a preponderance of stripes and colours and the second thing was how part of the fuselage had been highly polished where the original USAF markings had been removed.

 

 

It is believed that this particular Mustang was the only RCAF Mustang to sport the short lived red/blue tactical markings. It also has a black interior instead of the more commonplace Interior Green.

 

 

Construction

 

In keeping with the majority of my models, I performed minimal enhancements to the basic kit.



Fuselage

  • perforated cowl vent panels drilled out

  • antenna wire made from stretched sprue

  • all lift points and vent holes drilled out

  • exhaust pipes replaced with Ultracast parts

  • Ultracast seat added

  • AN/APS-13 tail warning radar added from fine wire

 

 



Wings

  • raised rivets in the area of the landing gear above and below wings removed

  • landing light replaced with MV Products lens



Landing Gear

  • oleo torque links drilled out

  • shock portion of strut covered with metal foil

  • tow rings drilled out

  • wheel hubs drilled out



 

Paint and Decals

 

The airframe was painted with various shades of Alclad II.

 

 

All markings are from SMP 48-038.



 

References

 

  • photos of actual aircraft obtained from the DND Photo Lab

  • Aero Detail No. 13 North American P-51D Mustang

  • Model art No. 401 North American P-51 Mustang

  • Squadron Walk Around No. 7 P-51D, by Squadron Signal

  • P-51 Mustang, by Squadron Signal


 

 

Additional Images

 

Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:


Model, Images and Text Copyright 2003 by Randy Lutz
Page Created 02 December, 2003
Last Updated 17 March, 2004

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