The Arma P-51B/C Mustang

Kit Box Top (C) Arma Hobby

In January, I wrote about Arma kits in a post. Shortly after that, I purchased this kit. This is nothing less than a 1/48th scale kit molded in 1/72 scale. Much has already been written and said about this kit by better modelers than I. At a local hobby shop, the proprietor told me that he could not keep the kits in stock. And from the attention this kit is receiving on the Internet and in the scale model press, it is clearly a real winner.

With all the zillions of Mustang kits out there one would think that more than a few would be the B or C model Mustangs. Most of what I see are re-pops of the Accurate Miniature kits and of course the Tamiya kit. These are all good kits, but they are in 1/48 scale.

There have been a number of P-51B/C kits in 1/72 scale, to wit: Academy (new in 1999), Airfix (new in 1978), Hasegawa (new in 1992) and Monogram (new in 1967). There were also some European kits during this period.

Not to criticize any of these past efforts (there is always someone who really loves any particular kit), but these older kits seem to have receded from the prominence they may have enjoyed in their heyday. At any rate, it is clear that Arma Hobby hit another homerun by bringing the modeling world a new, state-of-the-art 1/72 scale P-51B/C Mustang.

This kit is an Arma “Expert Set”, which means it comes with photo etch details, painting masks and six marking options. No need for aftermarket extras here.

This is where I am in construction at this time:

I sprayed the interior fuselage halves with Flat Aluminum Tamiya lacquer paint. The Interior Green and Zinc Chromate Yellow are Vallejo Air colors.
Notice the side braces on the seat. I have made 1/48 Mustangs with less detail. That seat will easily fit on a dime. I know this is not contest-winning building on my part, but there are seven (7) tiny parts there to make that much of the seat with a few more to come. I am very pleased with making it look that good.
The interior detail available in this kit far outdistances anything we were being offered last century. It shows how far consumer demand and manufacturing skill have come since then.
The stabilizer is one piece and fits perfectly into the top of the rear of the fuselage
Any putty seen here should be put down to builder error. A little panel line re-scribing will be called for.

As you can see, I am not far from the paint shop. Like my Arma Hobby PZKL P11c, I am really enjoying this build.

A New Year and A New Blog

This is the best time of year to start any project.

The last model I finished in 2021 was this Douglas SBD Dauntless. I picked the kit up from Rare Plane Detective (https://www.rare-planedetective.com/). They have a lot of old, rear stuff and are well worth a look.

This kit came out in the late 1950’s and was made by Hawk. It still says “Hawk” on the inside of the fuselage. The one I got was a Testors re-pop which came with Scalemaster decals that actually worked. I think it was made in the 1980’s. Scalemaster made some great decals back in the day. They are now long gone. The old Scalemaster decals in my stash have not surived as well as Aeromaster decals or the ones with old Tamiya or Hasegawa kits.

Why did I make this particular kit? Because back in the days when my modeling bench was populated with Testors Pla gloss enamel paint, a razor blade and a few paint brushes, I made this one when it was first issued. I thought it was the coolest thing going back then. It is long, long gone; probably the victim of a fire cracker.

Testors SBD Dauntless, 1/72 scale (or so they say, but I think it was a smaller “box” scale) (c) Matt Dyer

This is more like what I am building these days – Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless. Accurate Miniatures (Built 2016) VB-6, Yorktown, Battle of Midway (This aircraft damaged in attack on Kaga.), June 1942. I got this kit along with an SBD with Operation Torch markings directly from AM in one box just as they were going out of business. I am sorry they did not make it as a business. Imagine what they would have accomplished in the past two decades.

Accurate Miniatures Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless (c) Matt Dyer