Trumpeter's/Hobbycraft's 1/24 scale Mustang may be ordered online from Squadron.com
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||1/24 (Length 410mm, Wing Span 470mm)
|Contents and Media:
||288 parts; metal aileron and flap
shaft; photo-etched fret; 3 x resin figures; 1 x acetate sheet
(instruments); rubber tyres and engine wiring detail.
||High quality moulding; good detail;
crisply engraved panel lines; plenty of options (propeller blades,
ordnance, clear or solid engine cowling); nice resin figures included;
best 1/24 scale Mustang (probably the best 1/24 scale aircraft kit
straight from the box) available today.
||Recessed rivets all over; mould line
on lower front cowl; a few sinkmarks on minor parts; clear part of main
canopy separate to frame; minimal stencils on decal sheet.
by Brett Green
As unlikely as it might have seemed a few years ago, we now have
a third 1/24 scale P-51D Mustang on the market. It is also quite clearly
In contrast to some of their braver choices of model subjects to
date, Trumpeter's debut 1/24 scale release is a safe bet. The Mustang is one of
the best recognized aircraft in history, and plastic versions of all scales have
their own successful sales history with Monogram, Hasegawa, Tamiya and many
Trumpeter's 1/24 scale P-51D Mustang is highly detailed, as
befits its large size. It is also very cleanly moulded, with only a couple of
sink marks on the bomb racks. The only blemish on the main parts is a soft but
noticeable mould line on the lower engine cowling. Could this suggest an Allison
Mustang in the works? Regardless, this "L" shaped line will need to be filled
The "Mad Rivetter" of the 1960s and 1970s, who was
famous for burying wings and fuselages under lines of rivets worthy of a
battleship, has been displaced in the year 2002 by the slightly more
restrained "Recessed Rivetter". Most of the airframe is covered with
thousands of fine, recessed rivets. They are less obvious than those on the
Airfix 1/24 scale P-51D; and will be further obscured by a coat of paint. The
recessed panel lines that run the gauntlet of the rivets are very crisp.
Control surfaces are depicted as fabric.
Detail is quite good in the engine, cockpit and wing gun bays. I
liked the plastic ammunition for the wing mounted .50 calibre machine guns. The
separate wing formation lights are another nice touch. Even so, in this very
large scale there is plenty of scope for more work, and any extra detailing work
will be rewarded with a highly visible result.
The clear parts are thin and free of distortion. My only
complaint is that the big clear section of the canopy is provided as a separate
part to the canopy frame. This means that the clear part must be glued along the
entire length of the join between the frame and the clear section. This almost
guarantees visible glue marks between the frame and the clear plastic. I would
have preferred to see a single clear moulding. In that case, the clear section
could simply be masked off and the frame painted without any risk of glue marks.
A range of useful options are supplied with the kit. These
include the choice of metal or paper style drop tanks; bombs, rockets, clear or
solid engine cowls and different styles of propeller blades. I am a little
suspicious about the shape of these blades, but I will do some more research
before drawing any conclusions.
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Three resin figures are also included.
A full-colour A3 marking guide accompanies the 16 page
instruction book. The decals (markings for one aircraft) look good, but there
are very few stencil markings provided.
Owing to the modular nature of the kit it is difficult to make
any authoritative statements about accuracy. Fit is another unknown issue at
The initial impression of this big Mustang is good. If future
releases in this scale maintain this standard or continue to improve (as
Trumpeter's short history would suggest will be the case), we are all going to
have to buy much bigger display cases before too long!
Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Brett
Page Created 17 December, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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