P-51 Mustang (1/24 Airfix & 1/24 Trumpeter)
Posted 01 August 2008 - 09:08 AM
I really had to stuggle. Trumpeter's engine mount is a thing of beauty and Airfix's Engine the same. It was just so tempting to bash the 2 kits together to make one Mustang the way it should be. But I stayed the course and built both kits OOB. Airfix's engine mounts are non-existant and Trumpeter's Merlin is wubbish.
Anyway, here is progress to date:
Posted 01 August 2008 - 10:12 PM
Posted 02 August 2008 - 03:33 AM
Posted 03 August 2008 - 10:53 PM
Youre off to a great start and make the idea of a Trump and Airfix Mustang bash very,VERY tempting. Please continue to post.
Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:12 PM
WORK IN PROGRESS
1/72 Spitfire prototype and Mk I
1/32 Tiger Moth stalled
1/28 Fokker D III being revamped
1/32 P-51B & D
Blackburn Shark (32 or 24 scratchbuild project)
Posted 04 August 2008 - 08:46 AM
The Airfix kit is far from perfect but still better in every way than Trumpeter's (dimensions, shape & accuracy).
The only way to get an accurate 1/24 P-51D is to go with the Airfix kit and take the time to correct and properly detail it.
With a lot of work you can also get a nice Mustang out of the Trumpeter kit but it will never be as accurate due to some basic flaws that are almost impossible to correct such as the wings being too small or the tail being somewhat misshaped.
That's my two cents anyway.
Peter, it's nice to see the 2 kits built in parallel.
Posted 03 September 2008 - 06:15 PM
Just for any help it might be, here is my shot at doing this combination--
I enjoyed your article on the Trumpeter P--51D. Question - How far did you move the cockpit forward? Do you have any more detailed pictures on how you did the construction? Thanks
Posted 29 September 2008 - 05:31 AM
Posted 29 September 2008 - 06:12 PM
Posted 29 September 2008 - 11:44 PM
Sure, I don't mind. Your absolutely right about the landing gear. Nothing a razor saw won't fix!
Sometimes I get the impression that the makers of some of these kits didn't worry too much about fit or finer details. It's a bit like an old place I had - perfect row of nails in the cladding until about the last 5 from the corner all over the place. Made me wonder if there was a big rush by builders to finish to get to the pub! Same for some models.
It's still a good kit for it's age though - just no frills (flaps molded up etc).
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