As I’ve written before, Tamiya’s 1/32 P-51D Mustang is an astonishing kit on most every level.
But no kit is perfect, and the big Tamiyastang’s biggest flaw is easily its rubber tires. Actually not the tires themselves, but the thin mold seam than runs the circumference. From experience with the Spitfire Mk.VIII, this seam is almost impossible to remove (being flexible, it doesn’t sand well).
Fortunately, aftermarket to the rescue!
A few weeks ago, Scale Plastic & Rail tipped me off to some direct-replacement resin tires from Grey Matter. I ordered a set at once.
Well, they arrived today, and I have to say they are probably the crispest set of tires I’ve seen in any scale. And that’s saying quite a bit, given my love of Ultracast tires. It remains to be seen how well they fit the kit hubs, but the initial visual inspection warrants a massive thumbs up!
They also offer a set of full tires and wheels for the Hasegawa, Dragon and Trumpeter kits (I ordered a set for my Hasegawastang as well, since those kit tires are nothing special whatsoever).