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Arma Hobby’s new 1/72 scale P-51B Mustang

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Arma Hobby 1/72 scale P-51B Mustang

Arma Hobby’s new 1/72 scale P-51B Mustang. Includes 34 illustrations of the kit’s plastic parts, marking guide, decal, and box art.

I guess we don’t need to introduce the plane. This kit is for the previous variant with a high back and bulging pilot’s hood, in this case sometimes referred to as the “Malcolm Hood”.

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1/72 scale P-51B Mustang 70041

  • Scale: 1:72th
  • Description and Item No.: Arma Hobby Kit No. 70041 – P-51B Mustang
  • Contents and Media: 87 pieces of grey plastic; 12 pieces of clear plastic; self-adhesive canopy and wheel masks; four plane options plus markings for bonus decals.
  • Price: € 26.50

From the aerofiles.com website:

 
When the Mustang III was delivered to England, the RAF decided that the hinged cockpit canopy offered too poor a view for European operations. A quite major modification was made in which the original framed hinged hood was replaced by a bulged Perspex frameless canopy that slid to the rear on rails. This canopy gave the pilot much more room and the huge goldfish bowl afforded a good view almost straight down or immediately to the rear. It was manufactured and fitted by the British corporation R Malcolm & Co and became familiar as the Malcolm Hood. The hood was fitted to most RAF Mustang IIIs, and many USAAF Eighth and Ninth Air Force P-51B/C fighters received the modification as well.

 

The four Malcolm hood choices are all USAAF and are for:

P-51-15-NA, 43-248423/BS-S “Old Crow” of 353rd FS, 357th FG, June-July 1944, in Olive Drab over Neutral Grey with B&W ID stripes and a red/yellow checked nose,

P-51-7NA, 43-6964/C3-G “The Mighty Midget” of 382rd FS, 363th FG, France July, in Olive Drab over Neutral Grey with B&W ID stripes, natural metal nose and wingtips, and a mouth under the nose 1944,

P-51-10-NA, 43-105473/G4-N “Geronimo” of 362nd FS, 357th FG, July 1944, in Olive Drab over Natural metal with B&W ID stripes and a red/yellow checked nose, and

P-51-15-NA, 43-106872/PE-T “Patty Ann II” of 428th FS, 352nd FG, 1944, in overall natural metal with B&W ID stripes and a mid-blue nose, and the bonus one

P-51-10-NA, 43-106473/G4-N, also “Geronimo” of 362nd FS, 357th FG, in Spring 1944, in Olive Drab over Natural Metal without B&W ID stripes, but with black bands under wings and tail-planes and red/yellow diamonds on the nose. This one has the earlier flat-topped canopy.

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