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Hobby Master HA7733 RCAF North American P-51 Mustang IV, 424 (Aux) Squadron,Hamilton

Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
HA7733
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) P-51 Mustang IV
424 (Auxiliary) "Hamilton Tigers" Squadron, RCAF Station Hamilton (Mount Hope) , Ontario, 1950s

May 2015 Release as announced on Hawkone's website.

Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series HA7733 P-51D Mustang #9255/BA-U, No. 424 Sqn., RCAF, Mount Hope, Ontario. 1950s

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Re: Hobby Master HA7733 RCAF North American P-51 Mustang IV, 424 (Aux) Squadron,Hamil

Some more details on this aircraft:

RCAF 9255 North American Mustang TF Mk IV( P-51D-20-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74602).

Brought on Charge (BOC) 6th December 1950.

Initially serving with Royal Canadian Air Force 424 (Auxiliary) Squadron and coded BA:U Based at Mount Hope Hamilton, Ontario.

Struck off charge during 1960, the aircraft was sold and registered N6318T.

Originally formed as a Heavy Bomber Squadron during the Second World War, 424 "Tiger" Squadron flew Wellingtons, Halifaxes, and Lancasters.

After the War, No. 424 Squadron was reformed at Hamilton, Ontario on 15 April 1946,. The squadron flew Mustang aircraft in a fighter role until 1 September 1957 when it was then reassigned to a light transport and emergency rescue role and re-equipped with Expeditor and Otter aircraft.

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Photo of 9255 leading a formation of 424 Squadron in July 1951.



Photo of 9255 at 424 Squadron's Home base at RCAF Station Hamilton.



Photo of a Replica aircraft as flown by the Canadian Warplane Hertiage Museum during the 1980s.

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Re: Hobby Master HA7733 RCAF North American P-51 Mustang IV, 424 (Aux) Squadron,Hamil

The latest Artwork is out for this release.

As William mentioned Hobby Master's "Canadian Client" has the final say on any corrections.

Potential Problems have been avoided. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Warbird version (which was lost after a fire following a forced landing in 1984) did not have very accurate markings. This is perhaps because reference photos of BA-U were likely not available back then.

Some errors on the CWH Warbird included (besides "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.

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.

Below: The CWH Warbird which was lost in 1984



Below: Photo of the real "BA-U" showing the identification letters on top of the wing, the 1 and 1/2 inch clearance surrounding the roundels, lack of black walkway markings, and also the lack of any stencils on the propeller.



Below latest artwork. Of note is the letters underneath the wing. VC was used by all RCAF aircraft from the late 1940s until the early 1950s.

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