Thursday, December 17, 2020

Tamiya 1/72 Mustang Mk. IVa 442 Squadron RCAF

Tamiya P-51D with a QuickBoost Aeroproducts propeller and Xtradecals decals to build the CO of 442 Squadron's personal aircraft on their last op of the war. 442 Squadron was tasked to cover the invasion of the Channel Islands on May 9, 1945. No action was encountered and the Islands were retaken peacefully. The model was built for a display at the Museum of Flight and I ran out time to paint the yellow prop tips and replacement cowl panel. I'll do that when its time in the display is over and it returns to my hands. I know it is nice kit, but I struggled with it. Still not really sure why. Having build the Airfix, Tamiya, and Hasegawa P-51Ds, I'd say that they each have positives and negatives and their is no clear winner. That being said, I'd choose the Airfix for my next P-51D. (Thanks to John Miller of Model Paint Solutions for taking the photos.)

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