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P-51B Mustang Fighter Aircraft

This is a plastic model kit of a 1/48 P-51B Mustang Fighter Aircraft from Tamiya. It's for ages 10 and up.

Tamiya P-51B Mustang Fighter Aircraft Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61042
 Tamiya # tam61042
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Tamiya Item # tam61042
Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-1/4" (23.5cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 8" (20.5cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61042
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"The Best...... period"
In my eyes the best P-51B kit ever made. Ever thing is right and where it's supposed to be. The kit falls together like 99.9% of Tamiya models. The fit is great, The instruction sheet is top notch. And the decals go on nicely. With plenty of aftermarket parts and decals. The only problem you'll have with this kit. Is what decals you'll use.

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  • Approximately 60 parts in medium grey and clear with fine recessed panel lines.
  • Highly detailed cockpit with control stick and rudder pedals, and sculpted pilot figure.
  • 2 styles of exhaust stubs, optional position flaps, drop tanks.
  • Detailed pictorial instructions.


  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-1/4" (23.5cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 8" (20.5cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61042


1/48 P-51B Mustang plastic model kit

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"Excellent and what you expect from Tamiya"
wyee (Virginia)
Good fun putting this classic airplane together. Nice details with excellent fit. A good kit for a beginner. Nothing hard about the assembly and you get a sharp looking model. My only complaint is the decals for the white wing stripes didn't really fit. I ended up scraping them off and did the old mask and paint.

"What a Kit"
Just want to say DITTO what was written above!! For me it has the markings of one of the most enigmatic aces of the Allied side Capt Don Gentile. He was a great pilot and a hero to many. He flew a number of aircraft and flew for the British in the Eagle Squadron. Tamiya has earned my respect for extreme quality and BIG bang for the buck. There are 1/48 kits that are affordable enough for me to let my 11 year old build and this is one of them.!!!! After letting my son build older tech quality he noticed immediately the difference and has been MORE encouraged to build my kits!! Thank you Tamiya!!!

"Another Tamiya winner!"
This kit is over TWENTY years old and is still an excellent build. It offers great value for a kit that literally falls together, has great detail and looks terrific when built out of the box. Tamiya hit a home run with this in 1995, and they continue to circle the bases with a beautiful representation of the B model Mustang that can be had without checking with the credit union first.


The Allison engine powered P-51A Apache, was derived from the original RAF Mustang 1 ground attack and photo reconnaissance aircraft. Long before anyone had even heard of a Mustang, the plan to put a Rolls Royce Merlin engine into the airframe had started. The Merlin was powering some of the best warplanes in England; the Hurricane, Spitfire and the Avro Lancaster bomber. To develop a new engine for the P-51 would take considerable time, which the allies did not have.

In September 1940, the Packard Motor Company of the U.S. began license production of the Merlin V-1650-1 engine in Detroit, Michigan. With a new supercharger drive, a new V-1650-3 was mated to the first P-51B. Both the U.S. and England started the Merlin engine modification idea almost simultaneously. 10 airframes were modified in the U.S. with the Merlin and these became the basis for the most successful fighter series of the war.

Flying for the first time on 30 November 1942, the XP-51B was soon modified with a larger coolant radiator scoop, which actually increased its top speed by 50mph and gave it a higher ceiling by 10,000 ft. The addition of an 85 gallon fuel tank behind the seat increased the P-51B's already excellent range, and it could now escort the bombers all the way to the target and back. P-51B Mustangs began arriving in England in September 1943 with the first Mustangs going to the 3354th fighter group at Boxted, England, and ended the war with the most air to air victories. A total of 3788 P-51B's were produced.


  • Decal Options:
  • 1: 336th FS 4th FG Capt. D Gentile "Shangri La".
  • Top: Olive drab; Bottom: Neutral Grey; Spinner: White w/red
  • stripe.
  • 2: 358th FS 355th FG Lt William Hovde "Ole II".
  • Same as A: except; Spinner: Cream.
  • 3: 339th FS 504th FG "Bonny Bea" S/N 210933.
  • Fuselage: Bare metal w/Olive drab anti-glare panel; Wings: Silver;
  • Spinner: White w/red stripe (decal); Nose: Red and white checked.


  • As exquisite as the cockpit detail in this kit is it does suffer from a small accuracy problem. In the original Allison powered
  • Mustangs the cockpit floor was actually the top surface of the wing
  • , resulting in a curved surface. The change to the Merlin engine
  • require modifications which made the fuselage taller.
  • Consequently, a flat wooden floor was installed in all P-51's from
  • the B model onwards. However, this kit has the curved floor
  • appropriate to an early Mustang. It's easily fixed with some
  • sheet styrene.

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