Hasegawa 1/48 P-47D-30, Mexican Expeditionary Air Force (FAEM)
This was a typical Hasegawa build-fell together with little or no putty. My attempt at a NMF was complicated, time consuming and most likely unnecessary. My intent was to use as much of the Aztec decal sheet, but would have been better off painting the tricolor on the rudder. My heart broke when the Stars and Bars (from the Hasegawa kit) turned out to be translucent. I used them because the fuselage items were already sectioned to fit a pretty funky area, and since a slightly different shade of blue, used them on the wings as well. Next time-paint masks.
I chose to do a -30 flown by the CO of the 201st Squadron of the Fuerza Area Expeditionario Mexicana, Captain Radames Gaxiola Andrade, Porac, Phillipines, August 1945.
Not much for repeating history written about many times by others, I will say that their combat history was brief and colorful.
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