I just received my copy of Eduard’s new 1/48 P-51D, via Topnotch masks where Sean kindly included insignia masks in a selection of sizes. As might be expected from a new-tool kit of a popular plane in a very accessible scale, it’s been attracting attention. These are my first thoughts on the kit.
A long time ago, in a town… well, a few kilometres from where I live now, I decided that I wanted to build a 1/72 Millennium Falcon. Back then, the Fine Molds kit was the only option, so when I saw that it was on a 30% off sale at HLJ, I snapped it up. I bought the Tamiya 1/32 Mustang at the same time, and given that I built that many moons ago indeed, I really did sit on this one for a long time.
After the Corsair, I wanted a straightforward, not too involved build to end the year. I was really enjoying 1/32 props, and was looking for a low parts count and something that would fit well. Hasegawa’s Kurfurst fit the bill on that point. Overall though, this was a “were they even trying?”.
Tamiya’s big Corsair has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best, if not the best, plastic model kits ever created. There’s little point in me doing a review of the sprues or construction, so I’m just going to walk you through my approach to painting it.
Back when I first opened the box and wrote that nice, optimistic review of the sprues, I was concerned that some of Tarangus’ design choices could prove problematic.
The Viggen was an absolute pain of a build, and every problem could and should have been fixed before they even cut the moulds.
It’s time to rethink my opinion of Trumpeter. This little frigate is a really nice build.