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1/32 NA P-51D (early version); Kit no: 03944
Topic Started: Dec 9 2017, 11:42 PM (90 Views)
peebeep
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North American P-51D
(early version)

Let's skip the blurb about the P-51D, there's countless books, magazine articles, web pages etc that you can refer to if you need all the gen, I think what you all want to see is the plastic, so I'll get on with it!

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OK, a box shot to start off with, here's the runners:

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OK, that's the plastic, let's try and draw some salient points from it. First off detail is done in incredibly fine panel lines with rivet and fastener detail as appropriate. Personally I like the less is more approach, but if you want more rivets you'll need to invest in a pounce wheel set. The lower engine panel has separate inserts for no louvres, grilles or perforations, so it would seem there's more P-51D issues in the pipeline (more anon).

The separate wing spar and one piece top and bottom wing halves should ensure your P-51 never suffers from wing droop. The gear bay correctly depicts the spar as being the rear boundary to the bay. There are a number of pilot holes in the wings, some required for equipping the model with drop tanks, others that presage future releases. Alternative flap parts are provided for retracted or deployed positions.

The separate moulded side wall parts will be a boon for those who want to load their model with resin, but are perfectly adequate for those who don't. Cockpit detail generally is perfectly adequate, whilst a few well chosen accessories or sets will elevate it to outstanding, particularly the sort of self-coloured panels that are now common and fabric type seat harnesses.

The rudder has moulded rib tapes that should look good under a coat of paint. Separate rear fuselage pieces without the fin root fillet would indicate a 'late version' release as a near certainty. Drop tanks, weapons and wheels are all nicely done, as are the windscreen/side screens, but the canopy itself has visible flow lines and distortions. the latter is a big minus mark on what is a focal point for most aircraft models.

Decal research was done by Barracuda Studios, if you've ever had any dealings with Roy Sutherland you will know just how OCD he is about getting things right. The sheet itself is beautifully printed and for me the schemes are well chosen. There are already numerous aftermarket sheets available if you don't like them

Notwithstanding the canopy grockle this is a very well done product in terms of engineering and detail and Revell should be feeling pretty pleased with themselves. There's no doubt that further issues based on this set of mouldings are in the pipeline, as well as later fin root fillet production the wing pilot holes would point towards a Korean War era F-51. In terms of accuracy and without resorting to references I'd say it looks pretty well on the money. The model featured on the instructions fly sheet (also on display at Scale Model World) looks fabulous.

Now, for the $64,000 question, how does this stack up against the fabulous, but expensive Tamiya kit? In terms of bang for buck I'd say it's hitting the spot. You can't really say it exhibits all the finesse and exquisite detail you get with a Tamiya kit, but at the price you're getting a very complete and well detailed package. With the addition of some PE and/or resin it should look exceptional and your outlay will still be less than the price of a Tamiya kit. As an option for those modellers who would like a well turned out 1/32 at an within a budget that doesn't break the bank, this ticks all the boxes. Watch out for a full build log in the very near future. With an RRP of GBP 36.99 it's difficult not say anything other than highly recommended

Review sample courtesy of my wallet.

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Edited by peebeep, Dec 10 2017, 01:59 PM.
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Mark M
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Thanks Paul, having built the tamiya and hasse kits this year I'd say this is a good second to the tamiya, but as tamiya price themselves out of the game for most modellers this will be the go too kit for most
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Simon G
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I will be building mine shortly too. I think the seperate leading edge wing inserts also hint at a possible P-51B from essentially the same moulds. With so many possible colour schemes I'm very glad Revell seem to have nailed this one.

My own only real gripe is the insistence of referring only to Revell paint colours (and mixes thereof), to be fair it's not the hardest scheme to research but it would have been icing on the cake not to have had to.
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Mark M
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mine will be up soon as well, however mine will continue the RAF Wetham build line
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Olde Farte
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It does look to be a nice kit so I'll look forward to seeing some of you do your magic with it.
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peebeep
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Mark, I completely agree, with an RRP of under forty quid in the UK (shop for deals, I got mine for 32.50 posted from a well known Facebook trader), it's a no brainer if you don't want to spend big bucks on a Tamiya kit. With careful construction and some well chosen accessories you're going to be pushed to tell the difference if the models are standing side by side.

Simon, I share your frustration with the paint guides, especially when it comes to mixing paints when you know full well somebody has an off-the-shelf-one-pot-solution. We just have to live with the fact that Revell want to promote their own products and you can hardly blame them for that.
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jelly071
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one is going to added to my growing 32nd stash
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