North American P-51D Mustang

This is a plastic model kit of a 1/48 North American P-51D Mustang from Tamiya.

Tamiya North American P-51D Mustang Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #60741
 Tamiya # tam61040
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Tamiya Item # tam61040
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  • Tamiya Product Number: 61040
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"Tamiya P-51D a great kit at a super value price"
Randy (Ohio, USA)
As with all Tamiya kits I've build so far the quality is excellent. Easy build with no flash, part fit is great, looks super good. I chose the Kit Carson version as I wanted to experiment with the metal finish which came out really good. And a super value for the price; you just can't beat Tamiya for price, quality and attention to detail. I recommend this one for all modelers. You will really enjoy the build and finished product.

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  • Accurately captures features of P-51D: wings, weapons, drop tanks.
  • Main wheels have separate hubs for easy painting.
  • Highly detailed cockpit with accurate instrument panel, seat, control stick and rudder pedals, bulkheads, and sculpted pilot figure.
  • 2 styles of exhaust stubs, optional position flaps.
  • Detailed pictorial instructions.


  • Tamiya Product Number: 61040


1/48 North American P-51D Mustang plastic model kit

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"P-51 D Tamiya At Their Usual Excellence"
JRB (Burleson, Texas)
I grew up as an Army aviators brat and always wanted to be the Sarge in Combat. Also dreamed of flying the iconic B-17. But my greatest fantasy was flying a P-51 as an ace over the European theatre. This model is another one of Tamiyas better planes. It is full of detail and can be made to suit anyone. I chose the Lou IV because I liked the unit Christian flew with. This little model is not for beginners in there is a lot of sub assembly and painting that never gets seen. It is of upmost importance though to the construction and understanding of this outstanding fighter.The one item that was very time consuming and tedious was the victory striping on the underside. It almost took an engineering degree to figure it but was very satisfying once it was on. In fact it was very good compared to others I have done. Usually its easier to paint. Once again this Tamiya kit reminded me of building a watch. Tough but satisfying. The P-51 could have ended the war in Germany had it been produced sooner and I doubt if I would have ever been worthy to climb in one of these heros. I would highly recommend this model to any skilled model builder. Enjoy.

"Typical Tamiya Fun"
jc (Missouri)
Seems I can never find a complaint about a Tamiya kit and this one is no exception. Great easy fun build with as usual, great fit, no putty, and very little sanding needed. I built this kit to represent the plane flown by Lt. Raymond Withers, named Kathleen of the 359th Fighter Squadron. I will be purchasing others to build because p-51's had some colorful, interesting, and a few challenging paint schemes.

"Tamiya P-51"
To use an old saying, throw this kit into the air and it comes down assembled is almost true here. Excellent fit of all the parts. Virtually no glue needed to install the lower wing, just popped into place. Same with prop. No filler needed anywhere and very little sanding. Maybe a little fiddly mounting the external tanks but no real problem. Bravo , Tamiya Highly recommended.


  • Decal options:
  • 1: 352nd FG 487th FS Lt Col John C. Mayer "Petie 2nd".
  • Fuselage: Natural metal w/ blue nose and spinner; Wings: Silver
  • Dope.
  • 2: 357th FG 362nd FS Leonard K Carson "Nooky Booky IV".
  • Fuselage: Natural metal w/ Olive Drab anti-glare panel and red and
  • orange checked nose; Wings: Silver Dope; Spinner: red w/orange
  • stripe.
  • 3: 361st FG 357th FS Thomas J Christian "Lou IV".
  • Fuselage: Natural metal w/ areas of Olive drab camoflage; Wing
  • Top: Olive Drab; Wing Bottom: Natural metal; Nose and Spinner
  • Yellow.
  • 4: 361st FG 375th FS Urban L Drew.


  • Marking option C is for an early P-51D without the vertical stabilizer leading edge fillet. This is depicted on the box art
  • but the instructions do not mention that the fillet must be removed
  • to accurately depict this aircraft.

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