1/72 Hasegawa P-51D Mustang A68-1001 RAAF

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1/72 Hasegawa P-51D Mustang A68-1001 RAAF

Postby David E » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:26 pm

When modelling block strikes, I build another Mustang.

In the stash I had a $5 swap meet bagged Hasegawa Mustang. I'd built one of these many years ago and remembered it as a simple job.

With flaps moulded up and a shallow undercarriage bay, A68-1001 as photographed here seemed a good option.

http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/gallery/M ... g_A68_1001

The cockpit was a good place to start. Despite having a bunch of resin cockpits in the stash I thought that the kit parts were ok, but I did replace the seat.
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Re: 1/72 Hasegawa P-51D Mustang A68-1001 RAAF

Postby David E » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:31 pm

Just like the Airfix kit, the wings are too tight a fit at the root. Hasegawa provides the windscreen attached to part of the fuselage, which makes for an easier job in getting a neat fit to the windscreen. Some fettling was required to get a good fit to the engine cowling.

1001 had the usual puttied and primed wings, so I applied some Mr Surfacer and smoothed it off with metho and a rag.
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Re: 1/72 Hasegawa P-51D Mustang A68-1001 RAAF

Postby David E » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:35 pm

The kit canopy was much too wide for the fuselage - fortunately I had a second hand part built kit that was a knock off of the really old Hasegawa one and the canopy was a better fit.

Masking the windscreen scared me enough to get a set of Montex masks from BNA. These weren't a grear fit and they did leave some goo behind but were ok otherwise.
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Re: 1/72 Hasegawa P-51D Mustang A68-1001 RAAF

Postby David E » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:39 pm

1001 seems to have been painted in standard RAF pattern camouflage. I found the pattern and paint recommendations (Humbrol 155, Humbrol 27 and Modelmaster light gull gray) on the interweb.
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Re: 1/72 Hasegawa P-51D Mustang A68-1001 RAAF

Postby David E » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:44 pm

1001's roundels are a bit different in size and proportions to other RAAF Mustangs, I think similar in size to the RAF scheme. Novascale has a 1/72 sheet which looks ok for sizes, the fuselage roundels may be a little to skinny in the blue outer rings. I used the closest ones I could find in the spares box.

Six RAAF Mustangs down, another four or so to do I think.
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