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End of the Prop Wars: 1/48th Fujimi P-51D Mustang

Updated: Jun 29

I won't spend a lot of time recollecting the pros & cons of this 1973 P-51D Mustang release by Fujimi, as it is not really an available contender anymore, although it was a pretty decent kit for its time.

Notable Kit Features:

  • Basic cockpit (not particularly accurate)

  • Recessed panel lines and fine raised rivets

  • Separate engine provided (not particularly accurate)

  • Radiator scoops are positionable

  • Option for open engine bay (lacking proper details)

  • Two piece canopy

  • Wing tanks, bombs and rockets provided as armament

  • Pilot figure included

Build Inspiration:

I came across this Fujimi P-51D kit in a local hobby store that was selling off its stock of these kits for $5.00 each, so at that price I bought three. I had planned to do a Korean War F-51 Mustang as I had managed to get a decal sheet that included James Glessner's 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 18th Fighter-Bomber Group, aircraft based at Pusan, South Korea. The group's aircraft had a large shark-mouth on the front lower cowlings. Glessner shot down a Yak-9 in this aircraft on 2 November 1950.

Heads-Up Report:

  • Simplified kit

  • Shell ejector chutes on underside of wing appear too large

  • Rear tail wheel sits too low in mount

  • Control surfaces molded in neutral position

Kit Additions / Modifications:

  • Added seatbelts made from painted masking tape

  • Drilled out guns

  • Added different style drop tanks from another kit to match reference material

  • Used third-party decals

End Result:

The paint scheme for this aircraft was a Natural Metal Finish with only some variation around the exhausts. Weathering was minimal for this quick build. This was part of a Less-Stress build so it is lacking in some of he finer things ;)

If you are interested in replicating the silver painted and natural metal finish (NMF) areas of the P-51D Mustang, see my reference on the Tamiya P-51 page at this link: 1/48th Tamiya P-51D Mustang | Fly Past Rush

The After-Build Report:

This was certainly a decent kit for its time and if you find one of these Fujimi kits at a great price, you can certainly make a go of it, however with the wide range of more recent P-51 kits available such as, Eduard, Airfix and Meng (and given the Hasegawa kit is still decent)... I'd be going with one of those instead.

Completed build #84 - August 2005 using the 1/48th scale Fujimi #5A24-700 kit.

Feel free to comment or ask any questions - Keep on building, gain experience, challenge yourself if you like, but try not to stress yourself out over the build - it is suppose to be an enjoyable hobby after all - Cheers

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