Tamiya Mustang IV..
This is my Tamiya 1/32 P51K done as a Mustang IV of 3 Squadron RAAF in Italy 1945.
There are no decals on this model whatsoever as I wanted to try HGW’s wet transfer stencils and I can say that they are a great product.
All the national and personal insignia were painted using Montex Masks except for the southern cross on the tail. For some reason Montex reversed the port side and both sides were out of shape, so I had to cut my own for these.
I used HGW stencils for the cockpit as well as their brilliant seat belts. I also bought a lot of resin and a Yahu instrument panel for the cockpit but I ended up just using the Barracuda seat and pimped up the kit dashboard.
I had recently built a 1/32 Spitfire and super detailed the engine so I’d had enough of that and just painted this one black and closed it up.
The NMF on the model was painted using various shades of Alclad over Tamiya semi-gloss black and Future.
Also, I’ve seen a lot of debate over the rudder and code colour but saw an article on the 3 Squadron site which claims that the correct colour was the same as the RAAF ensign, made sense to me so that’s what I went with. Look’s fine to me.
The pilot figure is from Wings Cockpit and whilst he looks nothing like Murray Nash I couldn’t resist using him as he just looks so “fighter pilot”.
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