E-Z Build P-51D Mustang
Accurate Miniatures, 1/100
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||Accurate Miniatures 1003 - E-Z Build
|Contents and Media:
22 parts in pre-painted plastic; one part in clear
(canopy with painted frame)
available online from Squadron
||FirstLook & FirstBuild
Very high standard of finish; petite detail for
this small scale; good fit with positive locating pins; will be ideal
for younger modellers (ages 10+) and those wanting almost instant
Younger modellers will need help with parts
cleanup and installing smaller parts
Brett & Sebastian Green
Miniatures' 1/100 scale P-51D Mustang
is available online from Squadron.com
Accurate Miniatures has recently launched the 1/100
scale E-Z Build series, a new line of kits aimed squarely at younger and
beginner modellers, .
Kit No. 1003 in the E-Z Build series is the P-51D
Mustang. In common with conventional model kits, the 22 plastic parts
are attached to two sprues. The unique aspect of this kit is that all
the parts are pre-painted and have markings already in place.
Detail on the kit is petite for such a small scale.
Panel lines are recessed and acceptably fine. Smaller parts include drop
tanks, shrouded exhausts, separate undercarriage doors and even an
in-scale aerial mast.
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Indeed, despite the diminutive size of the kit, there are few
compromises to detail. The undercarriage legs are moulded with the
spoked wheels and hollow oleo scissors in place, and they are very fine.
Cockpit detail is limited to a floor with a seat on the bottom and a
radio shape on the shelf. It is sensibly painted black, so nobody is
likely to discover the absence of an instrument panel and control
column, especially if the supplied pilot is installed.
A single clear part is also included. The canopy frames are crisply
painted, eliminating many modellers' most loathed chore.
The set is rounded out with a black plastic base and self-adhesive
The uncompromising attitude carries through to the paint finish. Even
the tiny hub of the tail wheel is painted silver with a crisp
demarcation from the black tyre. The paint job on the model is smooth
and flat. Markings are very well done. They appear to be sprayed, as
there is no suggestion of carrier film.
The kit looked good on the sprues, but I was curious to see how well
it went together.
I called on my seven year old son, Sebastian, to help me with the
build. He was delighted to be asked
I let Sebastian loose with the sprue cutters, demonstrating the
method of holding the flat side of the pliers against the part for a
clean cut. Most parts were left with some remnants of the sprue
connector, so I cleaned these up with a hobby knife. The good news is
that only one part was damaged while being removed from the sprue - a
small wedge from one of the inner gear doors. Not bad for a seven year
For the sake of speed, we used super glue to assemble the parts.
First, the pilot was glued into the cockpit using super glue applied
with the end of a toothpick. The cockpit "tub" was secured to one
sidewall and I test fitted the fuselage halves. It felt tight, so I
handed the parts over to Sebastian who squeezed them closed without the
need for glue. The fit was very good along the centreline, with the only
visible join being at the base of the fin on the starboard side.
The wings were next. I applied super glue to the leading edges and
the locating holes, and Sebastian pressed them into place. Once again, a
nice fit and no major visible seams.
Sebastian now assembled the drop tanks and glued the one-piece
propeller assembly to the nose.
From here on, the detail parts were a bit tricky for the small hands
of a seven year old. I finished the kit off, first installing the drop
tanks, then the realistically thin undercarriage legs into their small
and tight locating holes. The main gear covers required a delicate touch
The canopy and antenna mast completed the job. Total time spent on
this enjoyable joint project was around an hour.
I was pleased and surprised how good this little kit looked when
finished. It is every bit a Mustang.
Here is Accurate Miniatures 1/100 scale kit displayed next to
Tamiya's 1/48 scale offering.
Accurate Miniatures' 1/100 scale E-Z Build P-51D Mustang is well
detailed, impressively finished and a fast build.
I would suggest that young modellers from the age of ten and up
should be capable of building this kit entirely by themselves. Of
course, the use of sharp tools such as sprue cutters and scalpels should
be clearly demonstrated and responsibly supervised.
For younger children, these models will represent an ideal joint
project with a parent.
More experienced modellers may also wish to build these kits for
display, or even as an aid to forced perspective in model photography.
Sebastian and I have built a couple of 1/72 scale Hobby Boss kits
together over the last year. Sebastian's analysis was that the Accurate
Miniatures kit was "a bit more challenging" (his own words) due to the
smaller parts. Even so, the result is a surprisingly sophisticated and
authentic replica straight from the box.
"Hey Dad", said Sebastian this morning, "you said you had another one
of these kits. Can we build that now?'
I can't imagine a better endorsement for Accurate Miniatures' E-Z
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