This is Tamiya’s P-51-D kit, neither the subject nor the kit require any introduction here. The panel lines are recessed and nicely engraved, although many of the panel lines on the wings should be filled. The molding is sharp. If you want dropped flaps with this kit they must be cut loose, but they are molded as one piece with the upper wing panels and can be filled out with a few lengths of half round. The wheelwells are deep and have some really nice detail, but only go back to the well opening, not all the way back to the spar as they should. In the end I replaced them, but I’m sure many modelers won’t see that as being worth the extra effort.
This kit surprised me with a couple of fit issues. The fit of the main wing can be fixed with some careful trimming at the center of the rear edge, above the radiator scoop where it will be hidden. Of more concern is the fit of the forward windscreen – it’s about a millimeter wider than the fuselage. On any future builds I will try shimming the upper cowl out enough to improve the fit. The main canopy is in two pieces, and I think a vacuform piece would improve the appearance here as well.
“Honey Bee” was piloted by Capt. Barrie S. Davis, 317 FS, 325 FG.