Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang - by Gavin Kearney - Bromley, Kent, UK

The kit is Tamiya's excellent 1/32 P-51D Mustang, which offered three Western theatre marking schemes. However, I decided to plump for Barracuda Studios rendition of Alabam Rammer Jammer as I liked its relative simplicity and by chance I had some reference photos at home. Whilst at the website I also added the Barracuda Studios cockpit stencil set (patience and a keen eye needed for this but it really enhances the cockpit), the Barracuda Studios oval tread resin tires (I do not like the rubber versions in the Tamiya kit) and the cockpit enhancement resin upgrade, as the radio equipment is very visible under the large canopy.

Having endured some headaches with recent builds from Trumpeter and Hasegawa, it was a joy to work with the Tamiya kit and Barracuda Studios resin detailing sets; instructions are first class and fit was excellent. Apart from the fact that fine detail on such a large kit made for a lengthy build, it was really a rather relaxing experience, very enjoyable.

The natural metal finish was achieved using Alclad airframe aluminum. I find a diluted coat of Tamiya gloss has a very slight dampening down of the Alclad lacquer's brightness. Then the model can be handled, masked, and weathered without affecting the NMFadversely. Rather than using the Barracuda Studios-supplied decals for the checkers, I chose to airbrush the detail as I find it less stressful than trying to apply decals to such contoured surfaces.

Barracuda Studios products used:
BC32009 P-51D Mustangs - Part 1
BR32030 P-51 Mustang Oval Tread Pattern Tires
BR32014 P-51D Mustang Cockpit Upgrade

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