S u m m a r y
||Osprey Modelling 35, Modelling the
P-51 Mustang by Stan Spooner, Osprey
||Soft cover; 80 pages plus covers
and colour chart
GBP£12.99 or USD$18.95 available online from Osprey Publishing
||Process of building well
described; very high standard of modelling; plenty of photographs; interesting
and varied projects; useful
techniques; good list of reference books; includes colour
Reviewed by Rodger
Osprey's Modelling the
P-51 Mustang is available online from
lasted addition to their ever expanding Modelling
Series covers the renowned North American Aviation’s P-51 Mustang.
Personally, I was
pleased when I heard that Osprey was going to include the P-51 in this
series; and I was equally pleased when I finally got my hands on the
title differs a little from the layout of other Osprey Modeling books in
that the reader is treated to a series of different kits with the
chapters starting from close to out of the box builds and progressing
through “adding details” ones and culminating in a down right difficult
one. It starts off running and ends up sprinting!
The book comprises of
82 glossy pages measuring 243mm x 185mm between cardboard covers and is
well illustrated with 228 colour photographs
of the models being built.
The text commences with
an introduction followed by five chapters dealing with individual kits
and builds and concludes with a further two chapters dealing with
further research/references, an index and finally, a
colour reference chart. The individual build chapters are:
a Well-Worn P-51A. 1/48 scale Accurate Miniatures kit with the addition
of a True Details cockpit set, a Verlinden engine, Ultracast propeller
blades, Cutting Edge gun sight, Eduard brass photo etch and the
detailing of the kit’s undercarriage parts as well as ordnance pylons.
Shark. 1/48 scale Tamiya P-51B in 112 Squadron RAF markings with Aires
gun bays, Ultracast propeller, spinner, flaps, rudder, elevators bombs,
and exhaust stacks, Obscuroco wheels, Jaguar resin interior, Eduard
colour photo-etch placards, seat harness and
Creating a 357th Fighter Group P-51D. 1/48
Scale Tamiya P-51D using True Details seat, Obscuroco wheels, Ultracast
spinner, Cutting Edge gun sight, Eduard colour photo etch placards and
teknics drop tanks. This build also deals with removing the kit’s
dorsal strake to depict an early build P-51D.
a Korean War F-51D. 1/48 scale Tamiya kit using Obscuroco wheels,
Ultracast exhaust stacks, spinner and propeller blades, Aires wheel
well, Eduard colour photo etch placards, seat harness, instrument panel
and tailwheel doors, Verlinden rockets and napalm tanks. This build
also uses alclad and Testors Model Master Metalizer paints.
final chapter deals with the build of the Modelcraft 1/48 scale F-82G.
Although not a true P-51 by definition, the F-82 is commonly looked upon
as a “twin Mustang” and as such, at home in this book. If you have
never seen this kit before then you are in for a treat in the way that
Stan Spooner courageously deals with it to bring it right up to modern
day accepted standards. A full spectrum of after-market products are
used enhancing a great deal of old fashioned modeling skills such as
boxing in and detailing wheel wells, dropping flaps and elevators,
creating undercarriage legs and scratch building cockpit interiors.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Minuses? I was
surprised that there were no builds in other than 1/48 scale. I was
expecting that the Dragon 1/32 scale kit would feature as well as the
Trumpeter 1/24 scale one but in fairness, the book may have been written
before they (or at least the Dragon one) had been released to the
In summary, this is a
very nice little parcel indeed. It is well written with easy to
understand descriptions of finicky work and is very well illustrated.
Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 23 September, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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