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P-51D

Superscale International 1/32 P-51D Mustangs Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2012 Manufacturer Superscale International
Subject P-51D Mustangs Scale 1/32
Set Number 320258 Pros Two distinctive P-51Ds
Cons See text Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $14.00    

First Look

Superscale International is well-known for their aftermarket decals. At one time these decals were produced under the Microscale brand before the business was split up, but even then Superscale decals were still printed by Microscale. Of course this company goes back many decades and the company more recently became part of Squadron's line-up of hobby products. This set was printed by Cartograf, so the times sure have changed!

P-51D P-51D

This set was produced for the recent Tamiya masterpiece, their 1/32 P-51D Mustang kit. This set provides the essential markings to replicate one of two aircraft. The examples presented here include:

  • P-51D, 44-14237, 487 FS/352 FG, HO-W, 'Moonbeam McSwine' as flown by Capt William Whisner, 1944
  • P-51D, 44-63882, 402 FS/370 FG, E6-T, 'Vivacious Virgin' as flown by Lt Ian MacKenzie, 1945

The set provides sufficient national markings and stencils for one aircraft. The instructions provide color references to FS 595 paints though two of the key colors are not matched up to any standard. The blue used on the nose and tail of the 352 FG example is called out as 352 Blue with no recommendations for a match. Ditto on the different blue used as the background for part of the Moonbeam McSwine marking.

Here are some nice alternative subjects to the markings supplied by Tamiya and for sharkmouth fans, this 370th FG example will look good on the contest table as well.

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!

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