Propeller and Spinner Assemblies
Corrected and Detailed Flaps
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||48136 - P-51 Mustang Hamilton
Standard Cuffed 4-Blade Propeller & Spinner (fits Tamiya P-51B-D kits)
48137 - P-51 Mustang Hamilton Standard Cuffless 4-Blade Propeller &
Spinner (fits Tamiya P-51D kits)
48138 - P-51 Mustang Aeroproducts 4-Blade Propeller & Spinner (fits Tamiya
48139 - P-51 Mustang Corrected & Detailed Flaps (fits Tamiya P-51B-D kits)
each propeller set
USD$8.55 from Ultracast
website (plus shipping and handling)
48017 Seats (two per set)
USD$5.95 from Ultracast
website (plus shipping and handling)
|Contents and Media:
set contains two
parts in cream-coloured resin.
casting; provides accurate and useful alternatives for Tamiya kit parts.
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P-51 Mustang Propeller and Spinner Assemblies
Ultracast has turned its attention back
to Tamiya's Mustang with four new accessories. The first three are accurate
resin propeller and spinner assemblies:
48136 - P-51
Mustang Hamilton Standard Cuffed 4-Blade Propeller & Spinner (fits Tamiya
P-51B-D kits - see title image)
48137 - P-51
Mustang Hamilton Standard Cuffless 4-Blade Propeller & Spinner (fits Tamiya
The first two sets are corrected
replacements for propeller versions included in Tamiya's P-51 kits. Ultracast's
replacement H-S Cuffed propeller blades capture the shape of the cuffs more
accurately than the kit parts. In the case of the Cuffless blades, the taper is
correctly depicted (in fact, Tamiya reversed the taper on their version). Also
note that Tamiya incorrectly describes these blades as the Aeroproducts version.
Ultracast's final Mustang propeller
offering, the Aeroproducts blades, are not available in any of the Tamiya kits,
and will be especially useful for P-51Ks and some other Commonwealth and CAC
Mustangs fitted with this assembly.
Ultracast propeller spinners all feature slightly more detail than the kit item.
They also feature a correct oval opening for the propeller blades and, being a
one-piece assembly, avoid sprue scar and alignment problems that might be
encountered with the kit parts.
Each set includes the new one-piece
spinner and four separate propeller blades. The prop blades are not keyed, so
you can set the pitch at whatever angle you prefer. However, make sure that all
four propeller blades are at the same angle!
Casting quality is up to Ultracast's
usual high standards.
P-51 Mustang Landing Flaps
Tamiya supplied separate landing flaps on its
1/48 scale family of P-51 Mustangs, and the surface detail is as nice on these
parts as it is on the rest of the kits.
However, Tamiya has moulded a wedge of
recessed, plain plastic to permit the flaps to fit is they are depicted closed.
This is thoughtful of Tamiya, but it does make extra work for modellers who want
fully accurate dropped flaps.
Ultracast has come to the rescue with a set of
two P-51 Mustang flaps equipped with surface detaile for the full width of the
This will be a very simple, drop-fit
replacement for the plastic Tamiya parts on any of their P-51 kits.
Presumably, considering the interchangability
of parts between the Tamiya and ICM kits, they will also fit ICM's 1/48 scale
Ultracast parts are always a treat, and these
are no exception.
All four sets for Tamiya's Mustangs are simple
to prepare, easy to install and will improve authenticity depending on the
version that you are building.
Thanks to Kevin at
Ultracast for the review sample
The full catalogue of Ultracast accessories, conversions and figures may be
viewed and purchased at
Ultracast's Web Site.
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Page Created 29 February, 2004
Last updated 28 February, 2004
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