Hasegawa/Italeri Mustang 1/48
This is my attempt at Hasegawa's 1/48 Mustang. Boxed by Italeri, it comes with an attractive decal sheet depicting 4 RAF Mustangs, and being a s****r for a sharkmouth aircraft, that is the one I chose. There is no way a P-51 doesn't look good, but I particularly like it in RAF camo - perhaps because we are so used to USAAF more flamboyant color schemes, there is an elegance to it.
Having built a few Hasegawa kits before, the shortcomings of this particular kit were a bit surprising: a VERY shallow landing gear bay, strangely dimensioned instrument panel/rudder pedals, and clear parts too wide for the airframe. The fit of the wing/fuselage joint was also bad, the upper wing panels needing pieces of sprue cut to lenght to sit flush with the fuselage fairing - althought that perhaps was my mistake while clamping the parts while the glue set.
As with other recent Italeri kits, the decals are shiny and thick, and after several coats of micro sol, a toothpick was needed to make them ser into the panel lines. Even after this special treatment, an oil wash just wouldn't stay in the lines under the decals, so I did this: instead of trying to run the wash through the lines with a fine brush, I dipped the sharpened tip of a 0.5 mechanical pencil in a 50/50 mars black tube oil paint/thinner wash and gently ran the lines. The wash finally settled, bringing the detail to life. I don't know about you, but it really bothers me when a panel line disappears under the decal - more so than other build defects I can live with.
The kit looks a lot better than in the pictures (if I do say so myself ?), which were taken with a cellphone and very rudimentary backdrop and lighting.
Other than the points mentioned above, the kit is fine and the decal sheet in this boxing makes it a good value.
As always, thanks for looking and all feedback is greatly appreciated!