P-51K Mustang Mk.IVa, 3 Squadron RAAF, Italy, 1944/45.
This was originally intended to be the Tamiya 1/32 kit, but I got distracted when I just opened it’s 1/48 cousin & at the same time came across a wealth of reference material for this squadron on the internet. Pretty much straightforward build but I was tempted to replace the guns with brass tube & to use the Hasegawa ‘Aeroproducts’ propeller without the cuffs most commonly used by the ‘K’. The only other ‘tweaks’ were the filling in of the flap cut outs where they fit under the fuselage/wing fillet, hydraulic lines on the undercarriage & lastly, I thought I’d try to correct the wing main spar as it incorrectly follows the rear edge of the wheel bay opening. This was not at all difficult & I wondered why I’d never done it before on earlier builds. Anyway, here she is………………….
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