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 REVIEW: Hobby Master HA7733 RCAF Mustang IV, 424 "Hamilton Tigers" Squadron, 1950

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA7733 RCAF Mustang IV, 424 "Hamilton Tigers" Squadron, 1950   Sat Feb 18 2017, 22:14

Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Mustang IV (P-51D)
424 (Auxiliary) "Hamilton Tigers" Squadron, RCAF Station Hamilton (Mount Hope) , Ontario, 1950s

Production Limited 600 Units

During WW II three RCAF Squadrons (No. 400, 414 and 430) used early model Mustangs in the reconnaissance role and No 441 and 442 Sqns converted to the Mk IV (P-51D) in 1945 for long range escort duties.

In the post-war period, the RCAF acquired a further 88 Mustang IV aircraft for use by both regular and auxiliary squadrons. The aircraft survived in this latter role until 1961 serving with 442 "City of Vancouver", 443 "City of New Westminster" 403 "City of Calgary", 402 "City of Winnipeg" 420 "City of London" and 424 "City of Hamilton" Squadrons.

This is the second Post War RCAF Mustang IV released by Hobby Master and this time represents a 424 (Auxiliary) “Hamilton Tigers” Squadron based at Hamilton, Ontario during the 1950s. The Hamilton Tiger Cats is also the name of the local Canadian Football Team and is indicative of the association 424 has with city of Hamilton. The Squadron emblem painted on the port side of the aircraft portrays a Tiger that has captured a broken German Focke Wulf under his paws and is about to engage another that is buzzing around his head.

Below: The actual aircraft on the Ramp in Hamilton, Ontario

Below: BA-U leads a four ship formation over Southern Ontario in 1951.

Below: Another photo of BA-U showing the 1 and 1/2 inch clearance around the roundels, lack of wing walkway markings and the absence of stencils on the propeller.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage (also based in Hamilton) had a flyable Warbird version of this aircraft in the early 1980s. However, this aircraft was lost after a fire following a forced landing in 1984. The CWH version unfortunately did not have very accurate markings back then because reference photos of BA-U were likely not available.

Below: The CWH two seat P-51D Flying Warbird Replica (note the Tiger Emblem erroneously applied to the starboard side).

The original artwork for this release was actually a hybrid between the CWH Warbird and the actual aircraft that saw service with 424 Squadron during the 1950s. Fortunately all the potential errors have been avoided before Hobby Master began production.

Some errors on the CWH Warbird included (besides the real "BA-U" not being a twin seat Mustang):

1) The Tiger Emblem should not have been applied to the starboard side. Port side only for the actual aircraft
2) The Roundels on top of the wing should have been placed mid way (fore-aft) on the wing. Not mid way on the red painted area.
3) The Roundels on top of the wing were missing the surrounding 1 and 1/2 inch clearance free of paint.
4) The Squadron Letters "BA" and the Aircraft letter "U" were missing entirely from the upper surface of the wing.
5) The flat radio antenna on top of the fuselage was not correct for the time period. A mast antenna would be correct.
6) Black walkway markings on top of the wing were not correct.
7) "BA-U" had aircraft number 9255 not 9567.

I am very pleased with the way the model turned out and my copy of the model did not have any quality control issues to speak of.

Overall another fine Canadian Model by Hobby Master. Highly Recommended.


Below: Seen with Hobby Master’s first RCAF Mustang IV Release HA7707 - 402 “City of Winnipeg” Squadron

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