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North American P-51D Mustang

by David W. Aungst

 

North American P-51D Mustang

 

 

Introduction

 

Who in the aircraft modeling community (especially those that build a lot of W.W.II aircraft) has not at one point or another debated whether the aircraft of the 375th FS / 361st FG were camouflaged in either blue or green? 

I decided I wanted to build a green camouflaged rendition of the aircraft to see how a green camouflage would look. Since I was too squeamish to do Lou IV or E2S and take on the controversy with a frontal assault, I opted to build "my aircraft" - a fictitious aircraft from the unit following all the markings practices of the time period.

 

 

Monogram's Mustang

 

The Monogram 1/48 scale Mustang is an older kit and shows its age in some respects, but at a third of the price of either the Hasegawa or Tamiya offerings, it is really not a bad option. Besides, at the time I built this model, the other kits were not even a dream. 

 

 

Since the point of building the model was to do the camouflage, I wasted no time doing a lot of extras to the kit and stuck with an out-of-the-box construction style. I did take a little time to seal the gun bay doors closed on the left wing top and replaced the raised scribing that I lost while sanding the wing area using thin stretched sprue.

 

 

Painting and Decals

 

I used Testors Model Master enamel paints and metalizers. It was the practice of the 375th FS / 361st FG to leave the bottom of the aircraft in natural metal and only camouflage the upper surfaces. Hence, I painted the bottom in five varied shades of metalizer to represent unpainted metal and painted the top surfaces in Olive Drab (F.S.34087). I used dark blue as a trim color (because that is what I liked) and applied the typical yellow nose of the 361st FG. The invasion stripes on the lower airframe were all masked and painted.

 

 

I pieced the specific aircraft markings together from the Monogram kit decal sheet and other decal sources. I chose E2H as the aircraft identification, having never seen this letter used in any pictures of 375th FS P-51Ds, and I chose "Spike" as an aircraft name. This name was the strictly unofficial nickname of the girl I was dating at the time (because of the high-heeled shoes she always wore). She was not really pleased with this choice, but it was my model... To go with the name on the left side of the nose, I hand painted a blue high-heel shoe so no one would think the aircraft was named after a pet. I chose to give myself only four kills as I did not want to be too presumptuous about being an ace.

I weathered the model moderately using thinned out enamel paints applied with an airbrush as panel line shading. A swipe or two of silver dry-brushing finished the weathering.

 

 

Additional Images and Project Summary

 

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Project Statistics

Completion Date:

November 1989

Total Building Time:

31.0 (Estimated)

Research:

1.0

Construction:

11.0

Painting:

15.

Decals / Markings:

4.0

Extra Detailing / Conversion:

0.0

Models, Description and Images Copyright 2000 by David Aungst
Page Created 30 July, 2000
Last Updated 26 July, 2007

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