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P-51 Mustang Accessories

 

1/48 scale

 

Red Roo Models

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Price: RRR48135 - CAC CA-18 Mustang Pilot's Seat AUD$5.90
RRM48101 - RAAF WWII Harnesses and Access AUD$9.40
RRM48102 - 1/48 scale Mustang Bits AUD$9.50
AW48002 - CA-18 Mustang Mk.21 Decals AUD$12.95

All available online from Red Roo Models website

Scale: 1/48 scale (decals also available in 1/72 scale)
Contents and Media: Details in text below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Nicely cast resin seat; accurate; all offerings are handy enhancement to existing kits for RAAF and Commonwealth Mustangs
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook

 

Red Roo Models has released several new accessories and decals relating to P-51 Mustangs in recent months. These releases include:

 

RRR48135 - CAC CA-18 Mustang Pilot's Seat

Australian built CAC CA-18 Mustangs were fitted with a moulded plywood seat specific to this variant. red Roo Models has produced a resin replica of this seat in 1/48 scale, including a cast-on Aussie harness.

The seat is cleanly cast as a single piece and is well detailed. The resin part is almost ready to use, with only a small casting block to be removed.

In addition to the unique seat, Australian-built Mustangs also differed in several cockpit details. These included a locally sourced radio of different design, the fuel tank and the pilot's fuel gauge. Four pages of instructions (on two A4 sheets) details these differences and also provides information about interior colours of these interesting aircraft.

The information about RAAF cockpit configuration and colours is almost worth the price of this set by itself. The inclusion of the actual resin seat makes it a must-have for any modeller planning to build a 1/48 scale Australian manufactured CA-18 Mustang.


 

RRM48101 - RAAF WWII Harnesses & Accessories

Not strictly for a Mustang, but certainly appropriate for a range of WWII RAAF aircraft, is thus 1/48 scale harness and accessory set.

The main element of this small photo-etched fret are three sets of harness - a Sutton harness, a generic British harness and an American style harness. Bonus parts on the fret include various ring and bead gunsights, mirrors, knobs, levers and quadrants.

This is a handy generic set that modellers will find useful on a wide selection of WWII Allied fighter aircraft.

 


 

RRM48102 - 1/48 scale Mustang Bits

Red Roo Models' 1/48 scale Mustang Bits is a small photo-etched fret with some useful detailing items. These include:

  • Standard air filter covers (x 4)

  • Louvre air filter covers (x 4)

  • Bomb fuse spinners (x 12)

  • Bomb anti-sway braces (x 8)

  • Canopy brace (x 2)

  • Tail warning radar antennae (x 4)

I have not seen the tail warning antennae depicted before, so they will be welcomed by Mustang modellers. The canopy braces will be especially helpful if a replacement vacform canopy is being used. The sway braces and fuses are of a much better in-scale appearance than the plastic parts, and the louvres are a handy accessory too.

 


 

AW48002 - CA-18 Mustang Mk.21 Decals

This new decal sheet, available in 1/48 and 1/72 scale, has the markings for a bright red post-war Mustang warbird.

The aircraft was ex A68-107, an Australian built CAC CA-18 Mustang Mk.21 with the civil registration VH-AUB.

 

 

The markings are quite simple, with the codes, Australian flags on the tail and some stencils, but the model will be striking finished in gloss Post Office Red.

The decals are nicely printed and in perfect register. These are conventional decals, not ALPS printed, so you won't have to cut the markings out of the sheet. Easy!

Instructions include a list of unique features of this aircraft plus full-colour four view illustrations.

 

 

Conclusion

 

It is nice to see Red Roo release this little pile of accessories that will be appropriate for Mustang (and other) kits.

All Recommended.

Thanks to Gary Byk at Red Roo Models for the review sample


Red Roo Models books, decals and accessories are available at Red Roo Models Website


Text and Images Copyright 2004 by Brett Green
Page Created 18 August, 2004
Last updated 18 August, 2004

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