Battle of Kasserine Pass G.B. – 1/48 North American F-6A Mustang.
This is the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 scale kit. I picked up a Model Alliance decal set for RAF and Commonwealth fighters in the Med several years ago and wanted to build this particular aircraft first. The Kasserine Group Build gave me the perfect opportunity to do it! This aircraft is one of four which were lent to RAF 225Sq. by the American 154th TRS in Algeria at the time of the Kasserine battle. Apparently, PR Spitfires were in short supply in the Med and UK based units got priority. Some references say this plane was fully repainted in RAF colors, some say that the original US OD/NG scheme was simply given a disruptive pattern of Middle Stone. I went with the later because it’s more interesting. It looks a lot like the British Tropical Land Scheme of dark green/Middle Stone over sky. All camo paints are Xtracolor enamels freehanded. The interior was painted with various Humbrol enamels. To be honest, this one was a bit of a struggle as I did something wrong in the cockpit that made the fuselage slightly too wide to get a good fit for the windscreen and canopy. After a lot of filling/sanding, and modifying a Tamiya open “coffin lid” canopy section to fit, it came together in the end. I also included a photo of the model parked next to the last Accurate Miniatures Mustang I built, the A-36 from 1994 when these kits were brand new.
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