Airfix's recent new-tool P-51D has a lot going for it, boasting some very decent detail at an affordable price. One area that is definitely something of a let down, though, is the exhausts. Although the kit includes both shrouded and unshrouded types, they really are pretty basic and will need a lot of work to look convincing.
Eduard have released a plethora of upgrade sets to accompany Airfix's new kit, and among these are a pair of very straightforward Brassin packs offering alternatives to the kit exhausts, each priced at 5.95 Euros:
The new exhausts arrive safely in the now familiar Brassin clear bubble packs, with the resin parts protected by a piece of foam to cushion them in transit.
The casting on the sample sets is, basically, perfect and the detail is superb, with hollowed-out ends to the pipes, plus tiny fasteners at the base of each stack in the case of the unshrouded type. As is clear in the photos at right, the difference between the Brassin exhausts and the kit originals is almost like day and night. The exhausts just need removing from their casting blocks - which will be quick and easy in this case - and they are ready for use.
The sets are accompanied by simple instructions that are almost redundant because the new resin exhausts are straight drop-in replacements for the styrene ones. A nice touch, though, is the inclusion of colour matches for Gunze Sangyo paints.
I'll recommend Eduard's new Brassin exhausts without hesitation, because they are beautifully produced and will save so much work in trying to make the kit's originals presentable. For a fiver they are certainly justifiable for the immediate improvement they'll add to Airfix's Mustang, while still remaining affordable for anyone working on a tight budget.
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Highs: Beautifully cast and detailed. Simplicity itself to use.Lows: None noted.Verdict: Eduard's exhausts are a huge improvement over the kit parts and offer equally massive time savings over trying to rework the originals.
About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...