Academy Models is continuing to reissue kits from the Accurate Miniatures tooling and here is the first Merlin-powered Mustang, the P-51B. Bill Bosworth, of the ‘first’ Accurate Miniatures, released this kit. This tooling was one of the best P-51B kits on the market and despite a similar release from Tamiya, this tooling still holds its own.
The kit is molded in gray styrene and presented on five parts trees, plus a single tree of clear parts. You’ll see a few parts that don’t really belong there such as the three-bladed propeller, but Bill and his team designed this kit to maximize the tooling investment from their earlier Allison-powered Mustangs. After all, what is a P-51B but a Merlin-powered P-51A.
Like the Tamiya kit, this tooling does share one bug that plagues nearly every Mustang kit on the market – boxed-in wheel wells. What Tamiya did get wrong and Accurate got right was the cockpit floor.
This is one of those kits that simply falls together. Bill’s folks really did magic with their Mustangs!
What kind of features/options are inside this box?
Nicely detailed cockpit
Positionable radiator exhaust flap
Choice of Packard Merlin exhaust stacks
Choice of ‘standard’ canopy or Malcolm hood (Malcolm hood is positionable, the standard canopy can only be posed closed)
Optional drop tanks
Flight control surfaces are all molded in the neutral position
What is new in this box are the decals. Markings are provided for one aircraft:
P-51B, 43-6500, 486 FS/352 FG/8 AF, RAF Bodney, UK, June 1944
The decals provide the national markings, D-Day stripes, distinctive and personal markings, and a nice set of maintenance stencils.
It’s nice to see this kit back on the market and while this release provides a Blue-nose D-Day example, there are a significant number of aftermarket decals for this subject to allow you a wide variety of possibilities with this nice tooling.Illustrated instructions.