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RAF Mustang III Fighter

This is a plastic model kit of a 1/48 Scale RAF Mustang III Fighter by Tamiya.

Tamiya RAF Mustang III Fighter Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61032
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  • Tamiya Product Number: 61047
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"Beautifully crafted"
BlucherFamily (Overland Park, KS)
Tamiya are reknowned for producing highly detailed models that are simple to build and most importantly, affordable. This kit is no exception. The build is fun and the result incredibly life like.

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  • Highly detailed 1/48th scale plastic kit for static display.
  • Approximately 60 parts in medium grey and clear with fine recessed panel lines.
  • Accurately captures features of P-51B: wings, gear doors, canopy.
  • Multi-part canopy may be posed open or closed - Malcolm Hood included.
  • 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, drop tanks.
  • Detailed pictorial instructions.


  • Tamiya Product Number: 61047


1/48 RAF Mustang III plastic model kit

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"Tamiya Mustang III 1/48 Scale"
This airplane makes a fun little project. The kit is nicely packaged and like most Tamiya kits is very clean. You have a choice of 4 different airplanes from the decal sheet. I decided to build mine up as plane 2 on the list. It is a Polish squadron that fought from England during the war. The kit assembles very nicely. I used some putty in 3 little areas on the build. The cockpit is detailed nicely and has a decal for the control panel. The decal sheet has all the little data markings as well, so you can detail up which ever version you build. This kit would be great for a beginner. For an expert modeller it can also be the start of some very nice super-detailed projects. I highly recommend this kit.


The Rolls-Royce Merlin engine was powering the best warplanes in England early in the war. To develop a new engine for the fledgling P-51 would take much time and the allies did not have it. In 1940, the Packard Motor Company of the U.S. began license production of the Merlin V-1650-1 engine in Detroit. Both the U.S. and England started modifications almost simultaneously. 10 airframes were altered and became the start of the most successful fighter series of the war.

Flying on 30 November 1942, the XP-51B was soon modified with a larger coolant radiator, which increased top speed by 50mph and a higher ceiling by 10,000ft. The 85 gallon fuel cell installed behind the seat allowed it to escort the bombers the target and back. If there was on single fault in the P-51B/C design, it was the canopy. British fighter specifications differed from the U.S. so they requested that a sliding canopy was used on the early Spitfire Mk's for greater headroom and vision.

The low profile canopy of the P-51B/C restricted visibility, and offered considerable discomfort. North American engineers felt it was necessary to reduce drag and maintain the high degree of performance. Even a small pilot was forced to fly with his head pressed against the top of the canopy for adequate vision during take off, landing and combat. The Malcolm hood became a very popular modification as it offered some considerable relief to the pilot.


  • Decal Options:
  • 1: S/N FB353 No. 316 (Polish) Squadron RAF, "PK o H".
  • Topside: Dark Green/Ocean Grey camoflage; Bottom: Medium Sea Grey.
  • 2: S/N FB387 No. 315 (Polish) Squadron RAF, "PK o G".
  • Topside: Dark Green/Ocean Grey camoflage; Bottom: Medium Sea Grey.
  • 3: S/N FX985 No. 315 (Polish) Squadron RAF, "PK o V".
  • Overall: Natural metal finish with Olive Drab anti-glare panel.

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