1/72 Haitian F-51D
This is the new-tool Airfix 1/72 F-51D Mustang, finished in the markings of Corps d’Aviation d’Haiti ca. 1963. The aircraft was a civilian P-51D pressed into military service, and carried drop tanks from an F-86.
The Airfix Mustang is one of my favorite kits, going together easily with just enough foibles to keep things interesting. Achieving the correct dihedral is perhaps the trickiest aspect of the build as the wing-to-fuselage fit is so tight, it tends to push the wings downward. Shaving a little plastic off each wing-root overcomes this.
Some minor modifications required for the Haiti aircraft included a fixed tailwheel and the various dorsal antenna which were added from scratch. Quickboost resin exhausts and a seat were also used. The drop tanks came from a trashed Special Hobby F-86 kit, while the pylons were fashioned from styrene sheet. Sections of hypodermic tubing replaced the somewhat blobby wing guns.
Xtracrylix was used for the finish, with a grey-brown pin-wash applied to the panel lines. Markings came from ‘Mike Grant Decals’ Sheet #72-101, Postwar Ponies.