The recent new mold release by Airfix of the North American P-51D Mustang is a great addition of this iconic aircraft to the modeling community. It is a fine model that that is equal in detail and features to any Pacific Rim company equivalent. With that said, the level of detail is matched with the frailty of some of the parts, namely the landing gear, which poses the difficult situation of thick sprue gates with delicate kits parts for the modeler.
To the rescue comes mighty Scale Aircraft Conversions! This release from SAC features white metal landing gear for the P-51D Mustang from the Airfix new mold kits. Please note that this landing gear will work on the entire series of new mold Mustangs, both the P-51D/K and Mustang Mk.VI kits.
These are simple drop-in parts that replace your kits parts. The locating stubs for the wheels are replicated exactly where the kit parts are. Since these parts are made of white metal, the modeler will need to use a cyanoacrylate adhesive (CA) super glue. If building with minors, exercise caution.
Painting your new landing gear is simple. Use a simple paint primer. I get mine from the local DIY store and let it dry overnight. Now you have a paintable surface. Whether your Mustang has silver or gray painted landing gear, it will look great and accurately to scale.
Such a bargain! The modeler gets 2 sets of landing gear for his money. Coupled with the excellent price of the base kit, there is no reason that modelers across the globe should not have a squadron of these new mold Mustangs on their shelves and at their next show.
This aftermarket kit is highly recommended by this reviewer. It is a simple replacement piece that enhances the builder’s model with minimal effort.
Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this very functional aftermarket set.