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Tamiya 1/72 Mustang, ARDU RAAF

Postby David E » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:34 pm

Adding a couple of 1/72 Airfix Mustangs to the cabinet recently has piqued my interest in this aircraft and I was interested in seeing how the Tamiya kit in the stash compared.

First impressions - crisply moulded, nice details, no option for dropped flaps, machine guns not staggered, silly divots to show countersunk rivets and an inaccurate wheel well. My boxing was the F-51D version with uncuffed chisel bladed Hamilton Standard prop and underwing rockets.

I knew of one Citizens Air Force Squadron that flew Mustangs long enough to have them adorned with Kangaroos in the fuselage roundels, but when I saw a photo of a similarly marked ARDU Mustang I was intrigued. An added attraction was seeing this aircraft with flaps tucked away and toting a modified drop tank as a baggage pod.

I picked up a pair of CAC Mustang seats from Red Roo along with some radial tread tyres. My chosen Mustang ended up having the kit block tread tyres. The CAC seats include some very useful details of interior features including radio fit, and just needed some seat belts added. I'm now addicted to the prepainted eduard belts and don't understand why I thought thin strips of masking tape were ok.

The Tamiya kit assembles with no dramas but does need a little filling and sanding.
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Re: Tamiya 1/72 Mustang, ARDU RAAF

Postby David E » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:45 pm

I had the rare treat of applying a coat of Tamiya primer and having it show no seams needing attention. Top coat was again Tamiya Silver Leaf and Matt Black anti glare panel.

Decals were a mix. The A number is from an old MnJ (the predecessor to Aussie Decals) - I chose the stencilled numbers which aren't quite the right style but I wanted the stencilled effect. Fuselage roundels are from an almost as old Aussie Decals sheet. My first try for wing roundels and fin flash were an Xtradecals sheet which I'd used before but they proved too fragile so resorted to an ancient and slightly yellowed Modeldecals sheet.

The canopy has the same silly separate frame as the Airfix kit and I had the same issue getting it to sit flat on both sills and rear fuselage.

I was puzzled by the front spinner colour, it looks metallic but darker than the rest of the aircraft. An ADF Serials contributor suggested gold, which is quite distinctive.

I'm happy with the end result. I have at least another three Mustangs to build, maybe more, but will be returning to the large pile of Airfix kits in the stash for the next ones.
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Re: Tamiya 1/72 Mustang, ARDU RAAF

Postby Biggles81 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:00 pm

Nice David, and for info - 24 Squadron.
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Re: Tamiya 1/72 Mustang, ARDU RAAF

Postby bell209 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:27 pm

Looks odd but very nice with roos on the side - great work.
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Re: Tamiya 1/72 Mustang, ARDU RAAF

Postby qfa_tsv » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:02 am

Excellent
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Re: Tamiya 1/72 Mustang, ARDU RAAF

Postby enfield38 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:53 am

Very nice David.
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Re: Tamiya 1/72 Mustang, ARDU RAAF

Postby DesTROYer » Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:00 pm

Wow, that's just come up brilliant.
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Re: Tamiya 1/72 Mustang, ARDU RAAF

Postby AndrewDoppel » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:23 pm

Don't think the head rest was green though.
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