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Scale 1/72
Manufacturer Iliad Decals
Decal Sheet ID 72011
Decal Sheet Title Air National Guard Mustangs
Types Featured P-51D

Iliad Decals mainly produces decals in 1/48th scale; sheet 72011 is rare in that it is both 1/72nd and covers US Air National  Guard subjects - in this case, a selection of post-WWII P-51D Mustangs. The airframes featured on this sheet are:-

All aircraft were overall dull natural metal with olive drab anti-glare panels, and carried their buzz numbers above the right wing and below the left wing.  Each aircraft also carried national insignia on the upper left and lower right wings.

Instructions comprise two sides of A4 in full color. Each aircraft has a left side view and an upper view.

The decal sheet is printed in perfect register, and Iliad have got the design of the national markings right, as well as correctly depicting them in the correct shade of very dark blue. However, according to TO 1-1-4 (and its' predecessors), buzz numbers and radio (fin) numbers should be painted in Insignia Blue (FS15044) rather than black as depiced on the Iliad sheet. Having said that, there seems to be continual debate as to whether this practice was actually followed or not!

A very interesting sheet which can be used to build a variety of airframes at an interesting point in the birth of the US Air Force and Air National Guard!

Review and images by Chris St Clair