Hi. I'm working on an adversary theme of sorts; currently building
Hasegawa's 1/32 Bf109G-6, with their 1/32 Dora next up. I'm looking for a
nice 1/32 P-51D kit, and am wondering about Hasegawa's offering. Or, perhaps
Trumpeter has near-term plans to release one? Thanks much...
I don't know whether Trumpeter is planning to release a new 1/32-scale
P-51D, but the Hasegawa kit is unquestionably the most accurate of those
currently available. The only substantial weakness of Hasegawa's
offering is its largely fictitious cockpit. However, this can be
replaced by resin aftermarket sets from Verlinden Productions (still
available) or from Paragon Designs (out of production but fairly easy to
find in vendor rooms at conventions, on eBay, etc.).
The Hasegawa one is the best one out in 1/32 right now, IMO...with the
exception of the engine. If you want to build it with the cowl open by
an aftermarket detailing kit.
Other than that, it's pretty nice and there are a ton of aftermarket
goodies for it if you're so inclined. I'm set up to do one with Eduard
etch and Moskit exhausts...I'll leave my cowl closed.
The Hasegawa kit is resonable, but quite a few years old, so if trumpeter
comes out with a version in 1:32 it meight easily be better, but it will
certainly be more expensive.
The depending on how critical one are, the hasegawa kit with "Add Ons" can
also easily run into quite a few $. Verlinden, Eduard etc. makes extrax for
this bird. I've buold two, and are resonably satisfied, byt hasegawa has
learned a lot since this 1971(?) kit.
It's fine EXCEPT for the same flaw that is in alot of P-51D kits
in other scales as well: the canopy glass is seperate from the
canopy frame, leaving a difficult joint to make look good. It can
be replaced with an aftermarket item though, I think. (Squadron?)