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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard P-51D Photoetched Metal Detail 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.  The current chase began with Tamiya’s P-51D in 1995.  The Meng kit tried to top that in 2016, and in 2017, the Airfix Mustang kit has emerged as a contender.  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 you want to add more detail and enhance its accuracy, Eduard has you covered.  Here, we look at two of their photoetched metal detail sets for the Airfix Mustang, and in a forthcoming review, we examine the Eduard Brassin detail sets for this kit as well.

First up, the P-51D Interior Set (#49853) contains two photoetched metal frets, and one small sheet of clear acetate.  One of the frets is pre-painted and the other is not.  The pre-painted fret contains the instrument panel components, sidewalls, side console details, the elevator trim tab wheel, small individual panels including the circuit breaker panel, throttle quadrant and throttles, map case, and more (including lots of individual knobs, pull-handles, and other small-relief details).  The quality, detail, and accuracy of the pre-painted parts are outstanding, from the instrument dial faces to the very fine resolution that captures even the finest buttons and switches in the Mustang’s cockpit.

The unpainted fret provides a replacement radio, battery, and their associated wiring, seat armrests and headrests, gunsight details, and canopy cross-brace.  While it’s not an “interior” detail, this set also comes with a set of the antennas representing the AN/APS-13 tail radar warning system.  These were essentially proximity warning indicators that told a pilot that a bandit was close up on their six-o’clock.  Externally, the system featured on either side of the vertical stabilizer two thin blade antennas and one loop antenna fitted perpendicular to the tail.  These would only be seen on the P-51D-25-NA and later models, so this should work out on the Airfix kit which depicts a late-war Mustang.  Eduard also provides a small template to mark and drill small mounting holes for the antennas and the set includes a few extra antennas, too, should you lose one of these very fine parts.        

Second, the exterior photoetched metal detail set provides a range of excellent parts to enhance the radiator air inlet screens, front and rear radiator assemblies, tailwheel details, main gear and tailwheel well details, sidewalls, and fin assemblies for four sets of bombs.  The detail on this set is also top-notch, and the fine perforations on the radiator screens are exceptionally well done and very, very fine.  

Both of these sets will go far to provide a lot more detail for your 1:48 scale Airfix P-51D.  I can identify no errors or any disadvantages.  Eduard also does a PE metal detail seatbelt set (not reviewed here) and a range of offerings in the Brassin line, which will be covered in a forthcoming review coming soon here at detailandscale.com. 

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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