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Catalogue Number and Description
Models 4252 - P-51D Mustang Engine Set
listed as around
£15.00 / AUD$38.00
Contents and Media:
||Grey and cream coloured
resin, acetate film, photo etched metal
||Excellent detail and casting;
scale P-51D Mustang Engine Set will be available online from
Aires Hobby Models is
4252 is a 1/48 scale mixed-media engine detail kit for the Tamiya kit of
the North American P-51D Mustang.
And what a kit it is!
It is very comprehensive and comprises a total of thirty one resin
pieces as well as a single strand of copper wire. The parts are a
mixture of brittle light cream coloured resin and the newer mid grey
resin that Aires seems to be adopting more and more.
The casting really is great. A few years ago, you
could expect at least half of the parts in resin detail sets to have pin
holes and miscasts but that is no longer the case. Aires really have
got resin casting down to an art. There is not one single blemish on
any of the thirty ones parts. The details that have been cast into the
parts have to be seen to be believed. The detail is crisp and sharp and
judging by comparing the kit parts to pictures of the one-to-one-scale
example, is correct. I don't count myself among the Mustang experts but
the engine looks to be a Packard Merlin V-1650 to me. Some of the
The inclusion of both shrouded and un-shrouded exhausts
with hollowed out stubs.
A complete set of thin cowlings (they are actually
translucent, that is how thin they are!) with details on both sides
which is great as it saves you from separating and modifying the kit
The breather holes in the lower cowling have been cast in
the open position Ė saves you drilling 80 tiny holes!
Flash is existent, but
minimal and will easily be removed with a sharp blade.
The removal of the
parts from the cast plugs has been made a whole lot easier too as Aires
has cast a clear distinct line between the pour plug and the part
As nice as all of the
casting and detail is, this is not a project for the newcomer to resin
detail sets or the faint hearted! A glance at the illustrations on the
construction guide reveals that you will have to perform major surgery
on your Tamiya kit if you take the leap. The whole forward fuselage
must be removed and you need to be aware of the warning contained in a
corner of the construction guide, and I quote "Warning: Thinning of the
plastic parts and dry-fitting of the assembly needed!" This is sage
advice indeed as I have yet to find an Aires detail set that did not
require extensive "Thinning of the plastic parts and dry-fitting of the
assembly". Stick with it though and you will be amply rewarded.
A small instruction
sheet is included. It carries 'exploded views' of the suggested
assembly sequence as well as a 'parts map' to assist you in identifying
the tiny resin parts. Be aware that there are a few parts included in
the kit that are not on the 'parts map'. As Aires have produced a whole
range of P-51 detail sets my guess is that these (they look to be the
wing's gun bay covers) belong to one of these other sets.
A down side is that
there is no colour guide provided apart from a colour photograph of the
painted and assembled kit on the box top, you are on your own here!
The parts are packed in
a zip-loc bag which is wrapped in a small piece of bubble wrap. This
sandwich is then placed into a flimsy cardboard box sealed with heat
shrunk plastic. So what you say? Well in this the age of internet
hobby shop, your set is more than likely going to come through the post
and as such there is a fair chance that it will be damaged. I just
donít understand why Aires packs their detail kits in this fashion when
they already have an excellent packaging system available to them as
evidenced in their 'Masters Series'.
Hannant's is listing
this set at £15.15 which is nearly $38 Aussie dollars and just over $27
US Dollars. Not cheap by any means. Still, given the work that has
gone into producing this kit and the stunning model it will produce, it
is worth it.
A friend of mine here in West Oz,
Mr Peter Jones, has just about completed a
dazzling Aussie P-51 project using various Aires detail sets, including
this one. I have included a couple of photographs of his model that
show the kit pieces assembled and painted as well as one that shows the
required modifications to the kit's forward fuselage.
Thanks to Aires for the
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