Airfix 1/72 P-51D Mustang finished and decalled as USAF F-51D Mustang

F-51D Mustang, USAF Korea circa 1950

This Mustang was one of the pair I purchased from Aldi (see previous blog post SAAF F-51D) and was built alongside teh SAAF version.

Decals came from the same sheet as the SAAF decals. As mentioned before, I was a little disapointed with the Print Scale decals. They are very thin, which is useful as they look good once applied, but boy were they a pain to use! They would fold at the dropof a hat, in fact a couple could not be used as they just curled up in to a ball! Also, the registration/line up of the USA ‘bars and stars’ was out, so had to purchase some extras from MicroScale decals.

It is a shame about the decals, as Print Scale do some very interesting sets, but I personally will not be buying them again. Still have a couple of options left on the sheet I purchased (72-300), which I will attempt to use in another build, espcially the RAAF version.

Print Scale Decal sheet 72-300

The actual build of the Airfix kit (A68208) was quite easy, no real issues to name. The under carriage seems a little fragile, but this seems to be the case with most smaller 1/72 kits.

Painted the aluminium using Tamiya XF-16 Flat Aluminium thinned with Tamiya X-20A Thinner which I have to say, sprayed perfectly for me. Will be moving over to Tamiya paints when I need to buy replacements. For the black areas, I used Vallejo Model Air Black 71.057, which I actaully find sprays OK.

Anyway, lets see the finished article…

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