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First pics of the Revell P-51D

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While I understand it from a marketing perspective (on one hand), I think it's a mistake.  The D-5s without the fillet were very rare in the combat zone for more than a couple of months.  Modification kits arrived by July '44 and their installation was a high priority.  The first Ds didn't arrive in the UK until May '44, so there just aren't that many early Ds out there to do.  

 

Hopefully someone will do a resin conversion for the 'swayback' fillet, which is what the field applied mods were.

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Hopefully someone will do a resin conversion for the 'swayback' fillet, which is what the field applied mods were.

 

 

... which could open the door for some unusual (model kit) markings, no doubt ...

Do any of the current kits or AM 'D' markings out there depict an A/C with the field mod?

 

Rog :)

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Yup, first boxing only with the early style D-5-NA tail.

 

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Do any of the current kits or AM 'D' markings out there depict an A/C with the field mod?

 

Lots. Don't know how many of these are still available : https://www.google.com/search?q=%221/32+P-51D+decals%22+-1/48,+-1/72&lr=&as_qdr=all&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiozaCovvHWAhVRx2MKHX-nD3kQsxgIKQ&biw=1232&bih=664

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It can be tough to tell but if you can see the serial number is consistent with a -5 and it has the dorsal fin then you're probably safe in assuming it has been field modified and would have a swayback fin installed.

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Hey, one of the photos shows what appear to be louvers over the alternate air intakes.  That means you guys who like RAF P-51D's can fill your shelves with them.

Not without the fin fillet. Those interested in building Brit Mk.IV machines will have to wait for the next filleted boxing (assuming Revell didn't cut their own throat by having no intention of ever releasing the later versions with the fin fillet). Of course, RAF builders might be more interested in the more numerous P-51K Mk.IVa (594 Mk.IVa examples v/s 280 of the P-51D Mk.IV), and they'll need the K prop and canopy to do the IVa, too.

 

And, the actual pic cited (not just the tiny thumbnail):

Rev_P-51D_35.jpg

 

All those hoping to do racer and modern-warbird conversions are out in the cold with this fillet-less release as well.

 

Maybe someone will come up with a resin fin fillet to bridge the gap to the vastly wider selection of markings and options? 

 

D

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Not without the fin fillet. Those interested in building Brit Mk.IV machines will have to wait for the next filleted boxing (assuming Revell didn't cut their own throat by having no intention of ever releasing the later versions with the fin fillet). Of course, RAF builders might be more interested in the more numerous P-51K Mk.IVa (594 Mk.IVa examples v/s 280 of the P-51D Mk.IV), and they'll need the K prop and canopy to do the IVa, too.

 

And, the actual pic cited (not just the tiny thumbnail):

Rev_P-51D_35.jpg

 

All those hoping to do racer and modern-warbird conversions are out in the cold with this fillet-less release as well.

 

Maybe someone will come up with a resin fin fillet to bridge the gap to the vastly wider selection of markings and options? 

 

D

The 6 on part 46 is a bit off centre, wont buy this kit.  :mental:  :mental:

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What is also interesting is Brett's alluding to the fact Revell MAY be re-doing all (most?) of their iconic 32nd scale subjects from the late 60s/ early 70s.

 

Not sure if this means we will see an all-new Corsair, but it could mean we see an all-new Wildcat and an all-new Razorback Thunderbolt.

 

A 32nd scale P-38 is probably hoping for too much.

 

-d-

 

Wow, I would love to see the Razorback Jug be redone! :D

 

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people are acting like there is no other P-51 D kit out there with all this talk of the tail fillet, can't do warbirds / racers (1 in 500 kits bought is made into a racer maybe?), it's a marketing mistake etc etc

 

*yawn*

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Yeah I have that Preddy model and can confirm it looks really nice! It is quite easy to do a head swap to make any other pilot with that G-suit (?) as well.

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While I understand it from a marketing perspective (on one hand), I think it's a mistake.  The D-5s without the fillet were very rare in the combat zone for more than a couple of months.  Modification kits arrived by July '44 and their installation was a high priority.  The first Ds didn't arrive in the UK until May '44, so there just aren't that many early Ds out there to do.  

 

Hopefully someone will do a resin conversion for the 'swayback' fillet, which is what the field applied mods were.

Did the modified D-5's look any different than the later versions the factory installed fillet?   Any pics that show what the "swayback" fillet looked like?  I didn't get anything on a quick net search. 

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