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P-51B Mustang,
Bf 109G-6 & Bf 109G-14

New 1/72 plastic kits from Poland


Master Craft, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Master Craft series 3, C-48 P-51 B, C-110 Bf 109 G-6 and C-151 Bf 109 G-14
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 38 roughly moulded plastic parts, (46 109G-6 and 48 109G-14) on two sprues; 4 clear parts on one sprue (1 for each of the 109s); decals for four aircraft (5 for the 109s); 4 page A5 sized fold-out instructions with history; parts plan; 16 build diagrams and 2 pages of paint/decal drawings.
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Nice box art; Decals are a bit matt but otherwise look okay, Clear parts also look usable.
Disadvantages: Very rough moulding, poor or missing detail; parts missing from both the kit and the instructions.
Recommendation: Not Recommended

Reviewed by Glen Porter

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Master Craft’s new Mustang and Bf 109G family of kits appear to be very rough copies of Hasegawa models which themselves had unfixable problems. The sprue layout is not the same as the Hasegawa counterparts, but the individual parts are the basic shapes, warts and all. However, there is none of the finesse of Hasegawa's mouldings, which makes the panel detail very soft and on some parts it has almost disappeared.


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The P-51B Mustang has the D wing and the incorrectly shaped upper engine cowling like the Hasegawa kit. The instructions says it should also have a Malcolm Hood option but it's not in the box. For the radiator exhaust vent there is nothing at all, not even a hole.


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Both the Bf 109 G-6 and the G-14 have the same malformed fin/rudder and undersized spinner of the Hasegawa kits but no instrument panel at all. The instructions say there should be an Erla Haube option but, once again, it's not there. The only difference I could find between the two 109s was that the G-14 had a tall fin/rudder option, with the same faults as the short one, placed inside the box but not inside the plastic bag with the other parts.

The Mustang instructions are almost a direct copy of those from Hasegawa with only a few changes, such as logos, where necessary. The 109 sheets, on the other hand, are identical to each other and just says Bf 109 F/G. On one side of the instruction sheet is the Hasagawa 109 build diagrams and on the other is the Mustang build diagrams. Oh dear!

Decals don't look too bad, with good register and minimum carrier film but they're a bit on the matt side and of course no stencils, something Hasegawa gives you plenty of.


I could go on and on about the faults in these kits but I think you get the picture. Considering the state of our hobby in 2005, these are inexcusably poor models.

Not Recommended.

Review Text Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 15 December, 2005
Last updated 15 December, 2005

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