The Colonel’s Displeasure
This was my attempt to model the end of Don Gentile’s combat tour. He had been requested to beat up the airfield after returning from his last escort mission over Germany. He was tired, understandably, and during a low pass for the press he clipped the airfield with his prop blades. Amazingly he managed to retain enough control to make a survivable crash landing a mile away from his base. ‘Shangri-La’ didn’t survive however, and was stripped for spares and later allegedly bulldozed into a nearby pond.
My diorama shows Gentile’s boss expressing his displeasure at this turn of events.
Notice Gentile’s bandaged hand. His only injury was a broken thumb!
Tamiya kit, Humbrol enamels, 1:48. Built a decade or more ago but I’m still pleased with it. I was inspired to post this build by the lovely model which precedes my article.
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