FROG F196F North American Mustang Mk.II, Rovex, bagged edition, 1970 july
News item is that Frog has released a 1/72 kit of the Allison-engined NA Mustang, containing transfers for a USAAF P-51A and also a RAF Mustang II. More details next month, but meantime here is a photo of some Allison-powered Mustang Is of 2 Sqn at Sawbridgeworth, Essex, in July 1942.
Aircraft Illustrated 1970 aug
Frog's P-51A Mustang
Frog has, I believe it is true to say, produced the first 1/72 scale kit of the Allison-powered P-51A version of North American's superb Mustang fighter. This is indeed a welcome addition to uur collections, and Frog is to be congratulated on choosing tins lesser-known, and featured, variant. There is too often an emphasis on the most widely-known and hackneyed variants in kits.
Unfortunately, once again, this kit has moulding and design faults, which mar an otherwise nice model. Both of these major faults can be rectified with care. Something has gone wrong with the moulding of the fuselage or canopy, for there is a step down in the top fuselage contour when it meets the cockpit canopy. Luckily, there is enough wall thickness to file down the fuselage level with the canopy. The contours of the lower part of the engine cowling are not correct, and building up the correct shape with body putty makes all the difference to the appearance of the model.
Some rather ugly gaps are left by the bad fitting of some of the mouldings, but these are easily filled. These criticisms apart, this is a very pleasing little model which is completely in character with the full-size aircraft. It looks right, and is one of the best Mustangs yet.
The undercarriage legs and doors are delicate and well-detailed, and the wheels look convincing. The propeller is a great improvement on those in the Tomahawk and Whitley kits.
I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on the Mustang's special reflex wing sections, which are such a feature of the aircraft.
The transfers are for a P-51A of the 1 st Air Commando Group, USAAF in India, and a Mustang II (FR919) of 2 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
This is a model that will lend itself to conversion to a number of the earlier variants, including the original Rolls-Royce Merlin test beds.
Price of this kit is 3s 6d.
AIRCRAFT ILLUSTRATED 1970-09
The same might be said of the P-51A Mustang, also released by Frog and a fine companion to the late - mark Mustangs produced by other kit makers.
The panel detail on this kit is raised, not recessed, which is the only minor criticism.
This is much less obtrusive, however, when the model is painted and it can, in any case, be rubbed down quite easily.
Characteristic wheels and canopy are particularly well done on this model, and as usual there are two sets of markings — either for a No 2 Sqn RAF machine or Colonel Cochrane's famous 1st Air Commando Group aircraft, USAAF.
Price is 3s.
1970-09 Airfix magazine
NEW to YOU?
MONTHLY REVIEW OF NEW PRODUCTS CONDUCTED BY BOB JONES OF I.P.M.S.
ROVEX TRI-ANG LIMITED (FROG) have several additions released in recent weeks, all to 1/72 scale they include the P-51A/RAF MUSTANG Mk. II, the CONVAIR DELTA DAGGER F-102А, and the RF 101С VOODOO and VULTEE VENGEANCE. At the recent BIGGIN HILL air display, the company were showing models of the DE HAVILLAND HORNET 3 and the FOCKE WULF Та.152H both of which will be released later this year. The made up models on display certainly looked most realistic and appear to be well detailed with excellent transparencies.
The NORTH AMERICAN MUSTANG Mk. 2 is a fine W.W.2 aircraft kit, containing over 25 fine detailed parts, which fit together very well with little, if any, flash.
Upon checking reliable drawings a slight discrepancy was found concerning the tips of the wings and tailplanes which are too angular when viewed from above.
More obvious errors are apparent when viewing the model from the side. The underfuselage radiator is far too shallow and the contour of fuselage underside forward of the wing leading edge is not pronounced enough. No drop tanks or bombs are
included although these are shown on the package artwork.
Beautiful matt decals give a choice of either a 2 Sqn. R.A.F. or a 1st Air Commando Group U.S.A.F. machine and accurate colour schemes are provided.
All things considered, a very good kit which should be in every W.W.2 aircraft fans collection.
Price of the l/72nd scale kit is a modest 3/6.
Scale Models, NOVEMBER 1970