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Tamiya 1/48 F51D Mustang

My SAAF No2 Sqn ‘Flying Cheetahs’ from when they flew in the Korean war.
The kit used was a 1/48 Tamiya F-51D Mustang (Korean war version).

It is a replica of ‘Clink Clinks’. The yellow underwing tanks are the napalm tanks used along with the underwing rockets. This aircraft had the twin antennas on top of the fuselage behind the cockpit and a single antenna underneath the fuselage just in front of the undercarriage doors. It was one of several which had this configuration for use as search and rescue aircraft, so I have put the twin antenna in place of the single on top of the fuselage and a single antenna just forward of the undercarriage doors. These have been done as per photos of this aircraft.

The dropped flaps come with the kit and can be done either up or down. The radiator air flow flap (rear) can also be done open or closed as can the cockpit canopy.
There was also a choice of different prop blades and canopies in the kit.
Decals are aftermarket SAAF decals obtained from MAV decals, South Africa.

3 additional images. Click to enlarge.


10 responses to Tamiya 1/48 F51D Mustang

  1. Very nice. Love the scheme

  2. What a great subject, you don’t see many SAAF aircraft built, great job, well done.

  3. Beautiful Mustang!

  4. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Clean and sharp build Phillip, well done … nice to see a Mustang in the SAAF colors and markings, makes for a nice refreshing look.

  5. You can’t go wrong with a good P-51 model! Well done, Phillip.

  6. Nice work. FWIW, getting the flaps “up” on this kit can be done, but with a lot of work. Like most Tamiya kits with dropped flaps, it’s designed for them to stay dropped.

  7. Great looking pony, I have a new appreciation for natural metal finishes, and yours looks great.

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