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1/48 Warplanes
Hobby Master United States

Type Fighter
Hobby Master item no. HA7704
Production run Unlimited

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
P-51D Mustang, 78th FS/15th FG, Iwo Jima, April 1945, "Margaret IV"

Air Power Series. Most excellent in form and design, this is probably the most perfect model of a "D" in diecastum...diecastium...whatever. Oddly, it came with two pilots, one depicted with pink skin, the other with brown. I think the latter was ment to go with the Tuskegee version coming out later this year (which I fully intend to buy). What that pilot figure is doing with this model is beyond me (it was taped to the top of the clear plastic packing). Personally, I'll just consider it an early and much deserved salute to the Tuskegee Airmen, who had to fight more than one foe.

Metal on metal. There is one interesting issue concerning this model, namely the weight. Here is a chart comparing the Marushin A6M5, shown in some of these pictures, with the Hobby Master model:

Model Span Length Weight
A6M5 9 inches
238 mm
7.5 inches
190 mm
1 lb 5.5 oz 600 g
P-51D 9 inches
238 mm
8 inches
203 mm
0 lb 9.5 oz 275 g

I think it is recognized that Marushin models are almost solid zinc (or gold or some such), which is probably why there is such a price difference between this model and the Marushin. Obviously, Hobby Master has cut down on the heavy metals in at least this diecast, and the substitute has to be plastic. However, shedding tears over the issue may not be appropriate; this is because, for the HM model you pay cash; for the Marushin you take out a loan.


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