43-6833 "Beantown Banshee" of Capt Felix M Rogers, 353rd
FS/354th FG, Ninth AAF
1/48 scale P-51B Mustang is available online from Squadron.com
If you already know me, I know what your going to say: "Man,
this guy is ate up by Mustangs".
Well maybe that's true!
The North American P-51B Mustang was the first production built
Mustang to feature the Packard built Rolls Royce Merlin powerplant. It
was slightly faster than the later D model but there were pros and cons
associated with each version that the Mustang.
This bird was one of two similarly-named P-51s commonly assigned to
Capt Rogers, a seven-victory ace with the 353rd, and the highest-ranking
Mustang ace surviving today.
This aircraft is a rare P-51B-7-NA, with a extra 75 gallon fuel tank
in fuselage and was one of the first 769 delivered in olive drab and
grey. Modifications were made in the field that included the
installation of a Malcom hood and Sutton harness along with the factory
paint being striped off and a striking combination of squadron colors
and ETO D-Day strips.
Other pilots also flew this particular aircraft, such as Capt Ken
Dahlberg (SHELLELAGH) who scored some of his kills in it.
This is Tamiya's beautiful kit. Minor modifications were made to the
cockpit and canopy but the model was otherwise built pretty much
straight out of the box.
The fit was good but Tamiya would be well advised to include a opened
Malcolm hood. This would expose a well detail kit cockpit that I think
is just as good as an after market replacement (at least the ones I have
Testors Model Masters enamels were used for all the colors. A
combination of SnJ and Testors metalizers was used for the Natural Metal
Future was applied to the canopy and the Decals are Super Scale
48-590. They went on great and setteled down with a little Micro-Sol.
A light wash of umber colored oils to pick out the lines finished off
I would like to thank Chuck and the gang at Stallion 51 for the
subjects they would to see in 1/48. Here's another for their display
References included 'Mustang Aces of the Ninth & Fifteenth Air
Forces & the RAF' by Jerry Scutts Osprey Aviation.
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