Modelsvit 1:48 P-51H ANG
The P-51H was the last and a completely different version of the Mustang, redesigned in an effort to reduce weight and increase speed. Tom Cleaver built this Modelsvit kit back in January and has the P-51H’s history down plus some good construction tips here.
First thing you need to know is that this Modelsvit P-51H is a limited run kit from the Ukraine using cost effective short run technology. Which means even though the engraved detail and box contents look every bit as good as the new Eduard P-51D series, it isn’t as far as ease of assembly goes. Nor is removing the ultra fiddly parts from the sprues without breaking them a stress free experience. The multi-part wheel well detail is amazing but it’s like working with a delicate resin set.
The secret is: TAKE YOUR TIME! This is not a weekend kit. Make sure you test fit every darned part several times before gluing and be careful not to force anything. Parts flash cleanup, a dab of filler, light sanding here and there is all that’s needed along the way. Go super easy on the sanding as the plastic is very soft and thin in places so the detail will vanish before you know it.
The kit includes very good vinyl canopy masks but I didn’t care for the chunky looking supplied PE seat belts so I used Eduard instead. For decals I went with Caracal Models excellent new P-51H sheet printed by Cartograf. Modelsvit’s engraved detail is impressive but very petite so again, watch that sanding. Overall fit is good enough considering it’s a low injection kit. Still, test fit everything multiple times before gluing. If you’ve ever built anything along the lines of Sword or Special Hobby, then you will have no trouble with Modelsvit. This really is a super kit that includes everything one needs to build a killer looking H model.
As long as you don’t goof up like I did.
From start to finish, I doomed myself with a series of self-inflicted disasters, mistakes and bad luck, some caused by overthinking this kit’s abilities. All went smoothly at first including the cockpit installation and then I botched the initial black primer job and troubles continued right down to the very last second when the carpet monster inhaled one of the navigation lights. There were a couple of moments when I even experienced Classic Airframes flashbacks!
Modelsvit has delivered a really good kit here and I intend to build another one. Next time it’s going to go like a cool breeze.
So here it is – my stab at a California Air National Guard P-51H circa 1952.
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