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Airfix 1/72 scale P-51D

By Walt Fink
Published: November 5, 2012

Airfix's all-new P-51D Mustang plastic-model kit includes optional parts for raised or lowered flaps and extended or retracted gear. Posable items include the rudder, canopy, and radiator belly-scoop-outlet door.

Airfix omitted a few details in the kit’s beautiful scribing — the elevator mass balances and the dzus fasteners along the length of the upper cowling weren’t present — but otherwise the detail on all the parts was executed with finesse. To attain such detail, the sprue gates are a little thick; I recommend detaching all the parts with a razor saw. The interior is sufficient without being superdetailed, using a decal for the instrument panel. I added masking-tape seat belts for the kit-supplied pilot figure when he mans his aircraft.

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