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James Kelley
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Arma Hobby 1/72 F-6C Reconnaissance Mustang

August 14, 2022 · in Aviation · · 8 · 1.1K

I can state with great confidence, this is the most detailed kit I've ever built in 1/72 scale. Somehow, the designers at have figured out a way to make a 1/48 scale cockpit fit into a 1/72 scale model. The airframe, as well, is finely detailed.

The decals are produced by Tech Mod, and are in perfect register. They responded perfectly to Mr. Mark Softer & Micro Sol. One of my favorite things about this kit is the multitude of cockpit placards and stencils. These really bring the Braille Scale cockpit to life. Some patience is required applying them, but the effort is worth it. The instrument panel is supplied as two decals that go over the raised detail plastic parts, and looks stunning when completed.

The model was primed with several light coats of Future floor polish, sprayed through an old Iwata HP-C. I find that the self-leveling properties of Future fills in any microabrasions nicely, and the acrylic surface gives paint something to adhere well to. Tamiya Medium Gray and Mr. Hobby Aqueous Olive Drab were used. The pre- and post-decaling gloss coats are Mr. Color GX-100. Ammo by Mig Matt Lucky Varnish dulled it all down after a few oil washes.

Arma Hobby has really set the bar high for 1/72 scale kits. The level of detail and ease of assembly really make these kits an enjoyable, fun project that yields incredible results.

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  1. The "new" 1/72 scale over the past 5-6 years, with "1/48 detail in 1/72" is really game changing.

    Nice work on this, James.

  2. Superb result, James!
    A great kit built with your excellent standards!

  3. Amazing result, James @jkelleycrna
    Hard to believe this is 1/72, it looks much bigger.
    Especially the details on the interior.

  4. "The level of detail and ease of assembly really make these kits an enjoyable, fun project that yields incredible results."

    Arma follows the acronym K.I.S.S., keep it simple stupid. All good design is simple straight forward and functional.

    James, you've made another inspirational model. I've got one on the bench with several projects and I can only hope to do what you've done with this kit.

    Two thumbs up.

  5. Fantastic build! My P-51 B from Arma still waining in my stash. 🙂

  6. That is a nice build! I am going to have to get a couple of Arma Hobby kits...

  7. Nicely done James, looks good.

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