S u m m a r y
||AMD 48-669 - RAF WWII
Mustang Part I
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals plus
instructions and notes
USD$8.47 from Squadron.com
helpful instructions including options for possible paint
finishes; excellent printing of decals; in register; national
markings supplied for all four options; tied in with subjects in
On Target Profiles No. 2
||No stencil data
by Rodger Kelly
Aeromaster's 1/48 scale
RAF WWII Mustang Part I is available online from Squadron.com
Tired of 8th Air Force P-51s but still want to
model Mustangs? Then AeroMaster has come to your rescue with two new
sheets covering Mustangs operated by the Royal Air Force.
The title is a bit of a misnomer however as two of
the machines are from the dominion Air Forces of Australia and Canada.
AeroMaster acknowledge that information from the
Aviation Workshop's On Target Profiles Number 2 - RAF and Commonwealth
P-51 Mustangs - was used to produce these two sheets. This book has
previously reviewed here on Hyperscale –
All four options on this sheet feature in this
48-669 provides markings for four machines, two Mustang Mk IIIs and two
Mustang Mk IVs. The individual machines and their markings are as
Mustang Mk III, KH616 of 3 Squadron, Royal
Australian Air Force based in Italy in 1944-45. The placement guide
advises that the aircraft could have been painted in RAF colours of dark
green, ocean grey and medium sea grey after its delivery to the RAF
OR it could have been in its delivery colours of Ana
613 olive drab Ana 603 sea grey and Ana 602 light grey. The rudder and
spinner are painted in light mediterranean blue. The supplied markings
White CV squadron codes and
individual aircraft letter J.
3 Squadron's depiction of the
Southern Cross in white for the rudder.
Black KH616 serial.
Full national insignia comprising
type B for the upper wings, type C1 for the fuselage, type E for the
undersides of the wings, and a pair of fin flashes. The red centres
for the C1 and E roundels are supplied as separate decals to counter
any register problems – none existent on my sample.
Note that this machine has a fin strake so you will
need the Accurate Miniatures kit if you opt for these markings.
Mustang Mk III, FX985 of 31 (Deblinski) Polish
Squadron, RAF in 1944. The aircraft is in natural metal finish with an
olive drab anti-glare and a red spinner. The supplied markings are:
Black PK squadron codes and V
individual aircraft code letter.
Black FX985 serial.
A Squadron 'fighting cock' crest.
Small Polish flag for the nose.
A full set of national insignia as
per the 3 Squadron option.
If you think that these markings look familiar,
then you are right. They are the same as supplied in the Tamiya RAF
Mustang III kit.
Mk IV (P-51K) KH526 of 112 Squadron RAF in Italy early 1945. The
placement guide advises that it is in the delivery scheme of Ana 613
olive drab Ana 603 sea grey and Ana 602 light grey with a red and white
spinner. The supplied markings are:
White GA squadron code and individual
aircraft code S in white.
Black KH526 serial.
A set of shark teeth and eyes. The
shark mouth markings are supplied as left and right halves to ease
A full set of national insignia as
per the first option.
These markings featured in the first release of the
old (but good) Otaki kit.
The final option is another P-51K or Mustang IV as
the RAF named them. KH665 of 442 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force at
Hunsdon in 1945. The machined is in natural metal with a yellow
spinner, anti-glare (I bet it did glare!) and canopy frame. The
supplied markings are:
The decals themselves have been "printed in
Mexico". Everything is in prefect register and the colours look pretty
good to me. They are a little on the thick side compared to other
"Printed in Mexico" sheets from AeroMaster but no thicker than the ones
produced by Cartograf.
There is absolutely no stencil data on the sheet.
Perhaps the guys at AeroMaster weighed whether or not to supply national
insignia for each option or a set of stencil data and the national
insignia won. Personally, I would have opted for the stencil data but
the extra national insignia is welcome in the spares box.
The placement guide is the standard A-4 sized sheet
with full-colour profiles of each option and upper and lower plan views
of each option.
The decal sheet and the placement guide are packed
in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
The recommended kits are Accurate Miniatures and
This is another nice sheet from AeroMaster.
Three of the machines on the sheet feature a
louvred panel over the engine cowling breather.
If you really want to you can scratch build these
or you can purchase the IPMS Canada "Sweating Beaver Decals" sheet -
RCAF 442 Sqn Mustang IVs. This sheet not only
provides markings for four aircraft it also provides four sets of these
louvred panels in resin. This sheet has also previously been reviewed
here on Hyperscale
Editor's Footnote to the Footnote - Red Roo
Models also produce these louvres on a recently released "Mustand Bits"
photo-etched metal set recently reviewed on HyperScale
Thanks to Aeromaster
/ Eagle Strike Products for the review sets
On-line sales are
available from the
AeroMaster Products /
Eagle Strike Productions web site.
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