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1/48 Airfix P-51D Mustang (Filletless Tail)

April 1, 2021 · in Aviation · · 14 · 2.3K

P-51D (Filletless Tail). This project was the subject of an IPMS/USA review article that can be found here:

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14 responses

  1. This is an amazing P-51, James.
    Great IPMS/USA article, too!

  2. Good looking pony and very informative review. I like that you listed Pros and Cons. That's the most helpful part.

  3. A great result, James.
    Did a P51 Airfix recently myself and have to say that they are pleasure to build.
    Your chosen scheme is beautiful.

  4. Nice Mustang!

  5. James, @jkelleycrna
    Thanks for posting this article. I followed the link and read your IPMS article. Congratulations !

    I have two of the larger Revell 1/32 scale Mustangs started and they will be finished in the same markings as what is provided in the Airfix box. One will be "LOU IV" like yours, and the second one will be Major Preddy's Blue nosed Mustang "Cripes A Mighty".

    I have collected quite a few of these new 1/48 Airfix kits, and when the time comes to build them, I will refer to your IPMS article for tips.

    Your P-51 looks amazing. You did a splendid job building, painting and photographing your Mustang.

    I definitely pressed the "liked" button, and I give you two thumbs up.

  6. Great looking Mustang! I remember seeing LOU IV on a cover of an old Airpower magazine years ago.

  7. Four thumbs up James (thumbs and big toes)!
    You don't see too many kits with that tail, beauty.

  8. That's a nicely built Mustang, and a killer scheme! Well done.

  9. Very sharp Mustang build!

  10. I can only echo all of the positive comments written above and I too read your article in IPMS/USA. Something to consider too with these Airfix kits are there cost. Folks will always be comparing them to there competitors and the "filletless" tail version offers a niche for this version of the P-51D. Which is now easier to model and really shows that aircraft evolved and improved with the technology. A lot of "Aces" didn't have one aircraft that they continuously flew though the war. Many a pilot flew four or five aircraft that may have been painted up as their own, they also flew what was available. So the definitive model of so and so's plane is a misnomer for those pilots who lived long enough.

    Two thumbs up James.

  11. Great paint job on this one, definitely liked.

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