Picked up one of Dragon's freshly minted P-51Ds on Saturday. There are some very nice examples of the injection moulder's craft in that sturdy little box - take a look at the exhaust stacks, or the .50 cals and their associated ammunition belts if you get the chance, you'll see what I mean. Nice PE set in the box too, covering the radiator, pilot's seat and instrument panel, nice looking Cartograph decals (including, in what I assume to be a late addition, markings for an RAF Mustang IV in India), and weighted rubber, sorry "Dragon Styrene", tyres for those who like that sort of thing. There's a well done Packard Merlin in there too, that looks like it will build up into a nice replica with a few extra details and some deft paintwork.
All that effort, and Dragon manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by employing the guy who used to do the panel lines for Matchbox kits. Why did they go to all that trouble and then try to make it look like a toy? According to DML, the Cadillac of the skies had Ford Pinto shutlines. Not good. Spent two evenings so far masking, filling, sanding and rescribing panel lines. Actually, mostly masking and filling up to now, looks like a good week's work correcting (should that be "modifying to personal taste"?) the surface detail before taking either glue or a brush anywhere near it. The trouble is, the rest of it just looks so good that there's no way it's going to go into the stash to stay unbuilt. Damn.
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