Friday, August 26, 2011


SMN report:
The new Tamiya 1:32 scale P-51D is gathering plaudits all over, and we’re not surprised. It’s easily a match for the firm’s Spitfire models in this scale, and utilises the same super-small magnet technology to keep the ultra-thin engine cowlings in place.

Scene from the Red Tails movie, featuring P-40s and P-51Ds.

Is it worth buying?
Should you pony up the money to buy this Mustang? The answer is quite simple - if you have the slightest interest in this World War II thoroughbred, and enjoy model making, it has to be an unqualified yes.

Usual high quality box art from Tamiya.

Enjoy the Tamiya pix (don’t forget to click for the full-size images) to see what we mean.

Neat wheel-well and drop-tank detail.

Merlin engine a miniature marvel.

Note red tail markings and (below) neat stand.

Magnets allow full engine reveal. Note separate prop spinner.

Metal-etch parts for fine details.

Finished cockpit assembly, and (below) triple 'whole nine yard' ammo belts.

Red Tails movie to come
Don’t forget to take in the trailer for the upcoming movie Red Tails, the dramatised story of the Tuskegee flyers, black airmen who made their name defending Allied bomber fleets during World War II. We’ve already seen criticisms regarding details of both planes and story, but it looks like a rip-roaring tale that remains true to the flavour of the real thing.

High-action trailer for the movie. Turn your speakers up for max effect!

Tuskegee airmen in front of a P-40, flown before the more advanced P-51D.

The real thing, flown regularly at air displays - just gorgeous, though note it is not the 'D' version.

Instrument panel has plenty of detail.

See the Tamiya P-51D here.