Eduard Brassin P-51D Gun Bays — 1:48 Scale

The business end of the legendary P-51D Mustang consisted of six .50 caliber machine guns with a total of some 1,800 rounds between them.  In 2017, Airfix released a great 1:48 scale P-51D kit, and Eduard has released a series of detail sets for this kit including these Brassin sets (see our review HERE).  For more even more detail, Eduard now offers a gun bays detail set for the kit in their Brassin Line.  

This set contains 38 cast resin parts, 41 photoetched metal parts, and one decal sheet.  You get two complete gun bays, six .50 caliber machine guns, early and late styles of gun bay access panels, and ammo belts.  There’s also a small decal sheet with the large data placards for the inside of the inboard ammo bay access door.

The detail in this set is excellent.  The combination of the resin and photoetched metal parts that build up into the ammo bay are really great.  Similarly, detail on the doors is awesome, and you even get open door latches as very small PE parts.  Normally, I prefer doing ammo belts as photoetched metal, but these resin cast rounds are really nicely executed – and not flat like a PE part.  There are also two different styles of belts – relatively flat belts and belts that are undulating.  Mix and match them and none of your ammo belts will be the same.  The loading and maintenance placard on the inside of the inboard gun bay doors are really nicely printed decals.

To get all this to fit into the kit, you will of course need to cut the gun bay access panels out of the kit wing and remove the tops of the recessed shell ejection chutes on the inside surface of the lower wing halves.  Beyond that, you’ve got a few other tiny details that the builder is responsible for (a few wires and such).  Overall, this set is a sure winner and it will bring some great additional details to your Airfix Mustang.       

Sincere thanks are owed to Eduard for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web at and on Facebook at     

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
Detail & Scale