AMDG Decals 48003: Yankee Merlin Roars 3
For their third P-51 sheet we have another fine batch of P-51B/C Mustangs. These are all designed for the Tamiya kit, but no reason they shouldn't be useful on other kits of these planes as well.
First up isThe aircraft of Lt.Col Everett Stewart from HQ/355 FG in April 1944. This one has the white fin stripe overpainted, but retains the white nose and the wing/stab stripes. It has the Malcolm hood and uses a whip antenna. Not very colorful, but one that I don't think has been done on a decal sheet before.
Next is the obligatory 357 FG Mustang, this one from the 362 FS and pilots by Capt. John England. His 'U've Had It!' is from June 1944 and has full invasion stripes. The lower portion of the aircraft had had the paint removed so the stab stripes will be in black on the underside. Again, a Malcolm hood and whip antenna.
Lt. Victor Bocquin's 'Impatient Virgin?' is next and this one is devoid of camouflage paint on the fuselage and underside. The upper wing and upper stabs are still camouflaged. No upper stripes at all, but the undersides have invasion stripes. This plane was with the 367 FS/361 FG in September 1944 and is the first one on these sheets to have artwork on it, this time just under the windscreen. A yellow nose and a black trim tab are the unit colors at this time.
Finally, another CBI Mustang with the 118 TRS/23 FG. This unpainted and unnamed P-51C has a sharkmouth and a black spinner. No DF antenna on this and it has an early radio mast antenna.
Something I like about the sheets are that you are provided a full set of insignia and some data markings for each option. In addition, any smaller decals that may run into registration issues have been provided not only as a single decal, but also as a two piece one to hel alleviate these issues.
Each sheet comes complete with a full color painting and markings guide. In addition, there is a lot of information on each aircraft including references for the photos used in the markings. In all, this is a great initial offering. Considering how popular Mustangs are as a modeling subject, it is a great choice of subject.
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