P-51B/C 1/72 ARMA Hobby
Another fantastic kit from ARMA. The molding quality and level of detail rivals that of 1/48th scale kits. The cockpit detail in particular is outstanding. The kit offers parts and marking for seven very diverse Mustangs, including a reconaissance version and one captured by Japan. I choose the P-51 B-5 Mustang “Ding Hao” flown by James H. Howard who initially flew P-40s in China for the American Volunteer Group and later commanded a squadron of P-51Bs for the USAAF in Europe. Thus his aircraft is adorned with both Japanese and German victory markings. He was awarded the the Congressional Medal of Honor for single handedly defending a B-17 formation from successive Luftwaffe attacks.
The kit includes both open and closed versions of the Malcolm Hood canopy. This kit did require a little more filling and sanding than other ARMA kits I've built. ARMA provides a web page to give some quidance on painting and to provide some corrections to the instructions. For instance, I directs you to scribe the engine hood seam that was not molded. I did the bulk of the painting with Tamiya and Hataka paints. Despite these minor imperfections, I highly recommend this kit.
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