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Red-Tail Mustangs

P-51D Mustang

1/24 Scale

 

 

DAM Decals

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number, Scale and Price:

TGR24101 - Red-Tail Mustangs P-51D Mustang 1/24 scale
(also available in 1/48 scale)

Contents and Media: Decals and full-colour instructions
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Distinctive markings; high quality printing;
Disadvantages: No stencil data provided
Recommendation: Recommended.

 


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Preview

 

TGR-24101, Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail Mustangs is AM Tech's first foray into the 1/24 scale decal field.  It provides markings for two P-51Ds of the well known all African-American 332nd Fighter Group's Tuskegee Airmen. 

The placement guide advises that both aircraft are in overall natural metal and they wear the 332nd's distinctive red nose, tail, and wingtip markings as well as yellow theatre bands on their wings.  Note that each aircraft wears different coloured trim tabs on their rudders and elevators.  The individual aircraft are: 

P-51D-15-NA (serial number not given) flown by First Lieutenant Robert W. Williams of the 100th Fighter Squadron at Ramitelli, Italy.  Markings comprise: 

  • The name Duchess Arlene in black for the left hand side of the nose

  • Nose art consisting of a girl wearing a red dress

  • Two swastika "kill" markings

  • Black 10 plane-in-squadron number

  • The numbers 648 in black (a partial serial perhaps?)

The other option is the P-51D of First Lieutenant Charles White of the 301st Fighter Squadron also at Ramitelli, Italy.  Markings comprise:

  • The name Creamers Dream in black for the both sides of the nose

  • Nose art consisting of a nude girl wearing shoes for both sides of the fuselage.  She faces to the right so that the right hand side of the fuselage shows her rear view and the left hand side of the fuselage shows her front.

  • One swastika "kill" markings

  • Black stencil-style 24 plane-in-squadron number

A single set of national insignia and propeller logos are supplied to cover both options.  The lack of stencil data is not really of concern if you are using the Trumpeter kit as I understand that it already has a comprehensive set of stencil date supplied but it would be of concern if you are using the Airfix kit.  What is of further concern is the lack of the data plate stencil for both aircraft.  Personally, I would have liked to see the national insignia omitted and the space used to supply markings for a third option or possibly the yellow theatre bands. 

Printing is by Microscale.  Everything except the propeller logos is in perfect register.  The lettering on the propeller logos is slightly off on my sample but not so much to make them unusable. 

The placement guide is A-4 in size and displays black and white profiles of both options as well as a thumbnail history of the 332nd Fighter Group.  The header card shows left hand side colour profiles of both machines as well as a photograph of a built-up model wearing the markings of the second option. 

The placement guide, decal sheet and header card come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag. 

A 1/24 scale P-51D certainly stands out.  Wearing either of these two markings and a bright red tail and nose will make it stand out even more. 

Even with the lack of stencil data, the sheet is still recommended.

Thanks to Alan at AMtech for the sampe


Review Copyright 2004 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 18 June, 2004
Last updated 18 June, 2004

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