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Texan with Teeth: 1/48th Revell P-51B/C Mustang

The Revell P-51B/C kit isn't on par with the Tamiya kit however it is a nice enough kit to build, available at a reasonable cost. This Revell Mustang kit has the later recessed panel lines and some nice details.


Notable Kit Features:

  • Detailed cockpit complete with sidewalls

  • Seated pilot figure included

  • Finely engraved panel lines

  • Wheel well details

  • Weighted tires

  • Malcolm hood as well as standard birdcage canopy included

  • Early style drop tanks provided


Build Inspiration:


I was just looking for a quick, inexpensive Mustang build to try out a weathering effect in acrylic paint. The Revell Mustang fit the bill as it is a decent recessed panel line kit at a 40% savings verses the typical Tamiya kit cost (which is a great kit - so no shade thrown on that product). I decided to do another Shark-mouth aircraft and settled on David Hill's P-51B of the 26th Fighter Squadron 51st Fighter Group based in Kunming China in 1945, as it was included in the boxing.



Heads-Up Report:

  • Intake scoop for underside radiator and below nose are shallow (drill out and add interior detail if you want to show better depth)

  • Fixed radiator outlet

  • All control surfaces are fixed in the up (neutral) position

  • Canopy designed to be closed (Malcolm hood option requires cutting rear glass pieces off birdcage canopy)

  • No gun barrels provided

  • Decals are thick


Kit Additions / Modifications:

  • Seat belts added

  • Used long range fuel tanks from another kit



End Result:


The paint scheme for this aircraft is the standard olive (FS 34087) over gray (FS 36173) for USAF aircraft in WWII. Paint weathering was done by spraying a slightly lighter tone in the center of the panels and a slightly darker tones along the panel lines and "repaired" areas. Kit decals were used although they were a bit thick to settle into the panel lines and control recesses properly.



The After-Build Report:

While not the best P-51B/C kit around, the Revell kit does still serve a purpose for model builders, as it provides a good budget price build product. The fit is generally good, as are the details and it is a simple build (so good for a beginner). The end result is a good looking no-frills Mustang on the display shelf, without too much effort.



Completed build #181 - December 2014 using the 1/48th scale Revell #85-5256 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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