American P-51D Mustang
by Larry Goodell
One of our citizens here in the Jacksonville area is Ernie Boyette. Ernie is an aviation artist and historian and about three times a year he brings in famous aviators. We have been privilaged to meet George Gay, Urban Drew, Paul Drury (Hellcats), Guy Bordelon, Frannz Stiegler (JG/27), Dalmazio Corradini (Savoia Marchetti S.79-IIs) and many more German and Allied aviators.
Along with each appearance Ernie sponsors a model show and contest that are supported by many local modelers. It is quite an experience to be able to meet and personally talk with these well known flyers.
Ernie gives each person that enters a model a free print of the evenings guests aircraft. Door prizes are a beautiful signed and framed famous aviators numbered print and he sets up a gallery of framed works (signed) for sale. Models and certificates are given to the contest winners with photos taken with the aviator and a signing session. I have an original of the "Old Exterminator" P-40 signed by Col. Bob Scott that Ernie traded to me for building the old Revell 1/32 model of said aircraft for Ernie's personal collection.
This is one of my contest entries. It is the ever-beautiful "Detroit Miss" Tamiya's P51-D out of box with Super Scale Decals. Invasion stripes are masked and painted. Metalizer paints.
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