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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Brassin P-51D Sets (for the Airfix kit)
1:48 Scale

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Plastic kit manufacturers have been chasing the “perfect” 1:48 scale P-51D Mustang kit for some time now, beginning with Tamiya’s P-51D in 1995, the Meng kit in 2016, and most recently, the Airfix Mustang kit in 2017.  Regardless of what the kit manufacturers are up to, Eduard just keeps producing excellent aftermarket detail sets for all of them.  If you picked up the new Airfix P-51D and seek to add more detail and enhance its accuracy, Eduard has you covered.  They’ve produced three interior and exterior photoetched metal detail sets, and in this review, we take a close look at the Eduard Brassin detail sets designed for this kit.

Eduard Brassin 648 335: P-51D Wheels:  this set features six cast resin parts.  Most notable are the main wheels and tires (diamond-style tread), and it also comes with separate inboard wheel hubs, the tailwheel assembly, and the tailwheel.  The casting quality is impeccable and you can even read the Goodyear imprimatur on the main gear tire sidewalls.  The tailwheel assembly also looks outstanding and very accurate. 

Eduard Brassin 648 336: P-51D Exhaust Stacks:  this set contains two parts - the left and right exhaust stacks for the Merlin engine.  Again, the casting quality is impeccable.  The exhaust tubes are deep and hollow on the inside, and even the miniscule bolts attaching the exhaust stack bases to the engine are represented.  

Eduard Brassin 648 345: P-51D Control Surfaces:  five parts are found in this set – the complete rudder, both elevators, and both ailerons.  These are replacement parts for the kit’s separate, rudder, elevators, and ailerons, and this means that you don’t need to do surgery to remove the control surfaces in the kit.  Yet, the greater level and fidelity of detail seen on these parts clearly raises them above the quality of the injection-molded parts in the Airfix kit. 

Eduard Brassin 648 347: P-51D Hamilton Standard Propeller:  all the separate components of the prop and associated assemblies are provided here, from the individual propeller blades, propeller hub, spinner base, and the aerodynamic spinner itself.  The insides of the spinner base and spinner are also rich in detail, and this opens up opportunities for a detailed and disassembled engine.  A handy propeller alignment jig is also provided to ensure precise assembly of the blades.  A small photoetched metal fret provides the tiny part for the endcap at the tip of the spinner.  You only need one but the fret includes two spares if they are needed. 

Eduard Brassin 648 361: P-51D Gunsight:  this small set contains resin, PE, and decals for three Mustang gunsights.  The main gunsight assembly is cast as a single part.  A single photoetched metal part provides the frame for two different styles of gunsight glass, and the sights are represented by a thin clear piece of acetate (and two extra sights are provided to cover you in case of a screw-up).  A small decal sheet is included for the “NO HAND HOLD” stencils on the gunsight assembly.    

Any one of these Brassin detail sets will add some great features and depth of detail to your 1:48 scale Airfix P-51D.  In combination, they will really elevate your build in very important and noticeable ways.  Further, they are all quite reasonably priced for the value they provide.

We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample. You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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