Red Roo Models has released a simple but comprehensive
conversion for Mustangs in 1/48 or 1/72 scales. The subject of this
review is the 1/48 scale version, RRR48139, "PR CA-18 Mk.21/23 Mustang
The Mk.21/23 was a local photo-reconnaissance conversion
of the Australian built CA-18 Mustang. 14 of each PR version were built.
The conversions comprised the installation of vertical and oblique F.24
cameras in the rear fuselage.
Red Roo Models' Mk.21/23 conversion comprises the two camera ports, an
Australian pattern pilot's seat, four DeHavilland Australia Cuffless
Paddle propeller blades, decals and instructions. The conversion is
suitable for either the Hasegawa or the Tamiya kits.
The camera ports are supplied in solid resin, so you will want to paint
the windows in gloss black. A couple of coats of gloss varnish, Future,
Krystal Kleer or two-part epoxy glue will deliver a good impression of
The installation of these camera ports requires no cutting, but a guide
is supplied to scribe new lines in the fuselage for camera access
hatches. Also, if you are using the Tamiya kit, you will need to sand an
area at the bottom of the fuselage to get a perfect fit for the vertical
instructions, via notes, photos and diagrams, are provided to ensure
that the camera ports are installed in the correct locations.
built CAC CA-18 Mustangs were fitted with a locally manufactured moulded plywood seat
The resin seat includes a cast-on harness, and only a small
casting block needs to be to be removed before installation.
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 final detail is the cuffless Australian propeller
blades. These are required for the Mk.23 version - serial numbers
A68-187 through to -200. The cuffless blades are supplied ready-to-use
and perfectly cast.
Four sets of markings are supplied on the decal sheet - two
Mk.21 and two Mk.23 subjects. The first still wears the wartime RAAF blue
and white roundels, while the other three are depicted in immediate post-war
The markings are quite simple, with the codes, roundels
and CAC stencils for the rudder. All aircraft are finished in overall
Aluminium Lacquer with black anti-glare panels on the cowl deck. Two of
the subjects have red spinners, while the other two are black.
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.
This is a simple yet comprehensive conversion for a unique
It will be suitable for modellers with even minimal
experience using resin accessories.
Thanks to Gary Byk at
Red Roo Models
for the review sample
Red Roo Models books, decals and
accessories are available at
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