throughout the exterior, so
anyone wanting a more accurate
P-51 will need to fill these in.
The clear parts are bagged
separately and are beautifully
crystal clear. Two types of canopy
hoods are included, but they
both have seam lines running
down the centre which will
need removing. I will explain
how to clean these up later.
There are two decal options
included with the kit, and both
will make for interesting build
subjects. There are a few optional
details, but for the most part
this P-51 is a later variant, so if
you want to build an early P-51D,
this is not the best kit to use.
I began building the cockpit and
found an interesting feature that I
thought was very nice of MENG: the
entire cockpit assembly seems to
be engineered to ease airbrushing.
This, of course, made my work a lot
easier; the press-fit made it easy
to pre-assemble many of the parts
for painting, then take them apart
again for more detailed painting.
As nice and detailed as the
interior is out of the box, I did
add a few extra details. I started
by adding the non-skid pads to
the floor. To create these I used
sandpaper, which I rubbed with an
eraser. This left me with a grit that
looked appropriate to the scale.
Then, using Tamiya Weathering
Set B (Soot), I painted them black
and glued them to the floor.
I also added P-51D seat belts
from HGWmodels.cz. These made
for an amazing addition to the
model, but also really tested my
nerves. The tiny belts and etched
pieces are difficult to assemble, but
with a bit of patience and several
good tweezers, I was extremely
satisfied with the end result.
When joining the two fuselage
halves the propeller assembly
should be completed. However, this
gets in the way of painting the rest
of the model, so I deviated from the
instructions by attaching the plug
into the nose, and had no troubles
adding the spinner assembly
after the painting was finished.
I now completed the wings
and attached them to the model.
The fit was perfect, and all I
needed to do was add a touch of
glue to the wing root. All of the
construction was going really
well right up until I tried to add
the landing flaps to the model.
As moulded, the landing flaps
have to be posed down, and this is
one feature of the model I really
didn’t like, and I can’t understand
why Meng did this. I really didn’t
want this on my model, so I began a
long process of cutting, trimming,
“THE ENTIRE COCKPIT ASSEMBLY
SEEMS TO BE ENGINEERED
TO EASE AIRBRUSHING”
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