Academy 1/72 F-51D Mustang
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||This boxing includes a Jeep|
Pretty much every kit maker has produced a Mustang of some sort and it was quite logical for Academy, a South Korean company, to add one to their catalogue. I obtained this one from a batch buy on an on-line auction site with some other kits that include the Nate that was recently a feature build. The Academy kit is everything one would want in a current kit with nicely engraved panel lines, decent interior detailing and a goodly selection of markings.
Some of the features of this one in addition to a well appointed cockpit are separate flaps that can be shown lowered, a separate windscreen and canopy so you can post the canopy open, as well as a choice of drop tanks. The kit does come with two canopies including the later Dallas canopy. Now this is where things get a bit off. You see, This is pretty much a standard WWII Mustang. Post war planes would have had rocket rails and during Korea they would have had bombs. Neither are included. The kit also has a WWII era cuffed prop. Many Korean War F-51Ds had an uncuffed Hamilton Standard so check your photo references.
So in all honesty, you cannot use any of the markings options provided unless you can find a photo that shows one of the three options without rocket stubs and with a cuffed prop. To make up for it, this boxing includes a very nicely done Jeep, so you do get a bonus and you can always use aftermarket decals for your Mustang and save the kit decals for a proper post war representation (such as the Tamiya or Airfix F-51D kits).
Instructions are well drawn with generic paint references. Two of the planes are from the ROK Air Force and one is a USAF plane with black bands on the wings. The decals are nicely printed and in register.
It is a bit disappointing that you cannot really build what is stated on the box, but this does look like a very nice kit no matter how you slice it. The addition of the Jeep makes for a nice bonus. This may well have been a limited release boxing as attempts to find one via a 'net search did not turn one up. So if you like Mustangs and can get over the mis-labeling this would be a good one to locate.
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