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Tony Prince
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Mustang III by Tamiya in 1/48

August 4, 2020 · in Aviation · · 8 · 1.9K

Built quite a few years ago. I've always had a liking for Mustangs with a Malcolm hood; this build always bothered me somewhat as the kit only offered a closed canopy. Fast forward to 2020 and a period of 'what shall I do next', it occurred to me to open the canopy . Simple; except that it sat much too high. Quite a bit of filing, sanding & polishing later as well as some careful scraping & touching up on the fuselage sides & I had a snug-fitting open cockpit. Fresh paint & decals for the wings, along with I.D stripes & it became the aircraft flown by Sqn Ldr Eugeniusz Horbaczewski of 315 Sqn. RAF in mid 1944. Much better!

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  1. Turned out great, Tony. I’ve read that the rearward vision was actually better with the Malcolm hood when compared to the Bubbletop.

  2. Thanks John. I've bought a couple of the new Eduard kits recently. They look exceptional, so they're near the top of the 'to do' list!

  3. Turned out really great indeed, Tony. Great painting and weathering.
    I love the looks of the British Mustangs a lot!

    • Thanks Spiros. Fairly conservative I know; but businesslike. There were some really colourful schemes in the latter days of the war after camouflage was discontinued.

  4. I'm with you - I really like the Malcolm hooded Pony's. Your looks great, and I'm going to have to get to one of these in between my Phantom builds...!

    • Thanks Greg. The kit's still available & I was lucky enough to find fresh decals from Techmod, covering a large number of Polish RAF squadrons.
      Spoilt for choice!

  5. This is a nice re-build, Tony.
    I do like the weathering on this horse.

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