Tamiya 1/48 P-51B Mustang

Tower Stock# TAMS3243  •  Manufacturer Stock# 61042
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Notes from our tech department:
This is a Plastic 1/48 P-51B Mustang Airplane from Tamiya.

The first Allison powered P-51's were good airplanes but lacked the high
altitude performance to be effective bomber escorts. That changed when the
basic P-51 airframe was mated with a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine to create the
P-51B. Tamiya's rendition of the Mustang builds up into an impressive, highly
detailed 1/48th scale replica with accurate interior and exterior detail. High
quality water activated decals are included for three aircraft.


Highly detailed 1/48th scale plastic kit for static display.
Approximately 60 parts in medium grey and clear with fine recessed
panel lines.
Accurately captures features of P-51B: wings, gear doors, canopy.
Multi-part canopy may be posed open or closed - Malcolm Hood
Main wheels have separate hubs for easy painting.
Highly detailed cockpit with accurate instrument panel, seat, control
stick and rudder pedals, bulkheads, and sculpted pilot figure.
2 styles of exhaust stubs, optional position flaps, drop tanks.
Detailed pictorial instructions.

OPTIONS: Single sheet of InvisaClear decals by Scalemaster. These decals are
very precisely printed so that the clear carrier layer is kept to
a minimum and does not show on the completed model.
1: 336th FS 4th FG Capt. D Gentile "Shangri La".
Top: Olive drab; Bottom: Neutral Grey; Spinner: White w/red
2: 358th FS 355th FG Lt William Hovde "Ole II".
Same as A: except; Spinner: Cream.
3: 339th FS 504th FG "Bonny Bea" S/N 210933.
Fuselage: Bare metal w/Olive drab anti-glare panel; Wings: Silver;
Spinner: White w/red stripe (decal); Nose: Red and white checked.
Paints Required: Colors are all flat except where indicated:
Detail colors: Interior Green, Black, Silver, Yellow, Red, Blue,
Khaki, Tan, Buff, Gloss Red, Semi-gloss Black, Flesh, Green, Brown,
and Gloss Blue.


One 1/48 P-51B Mustang Airplane


Hobby Knife
Cement for plastics (TESR3512)
Nice-to-have tools: Needle File Set, Sprue Cutter, Airbrush and


Scale: 1/48
Wingspan: 9-1/4" (23.5cm)
Fuselage Length: 8" (20.5cm)


As exquisite as the cockpit detail in this kit is it does suffer from
a small accuracy problem. In the original Allison powered
Mustangs the cockpit floor was actually the top surface of the wing
, resulting in a curved surface. The change to the Merlin engine
require modifications which made the fuselage taller.
Consequently, a flat wooden floor was installed in all P-51's from
the B model onwards. However, this kit has the curved floor
appropriate to an early Mustang. It's easily fixed with some
sheet styrene.
san 10/16/00


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