Hasegawa 1/72 scale P-51B
Most of us who build World War II aircraft, started out being interested in the ace’s. Therefore most of us have cranked out a Don Gentile “Shangri-La” P-51B.
As the story goes, Don Gentile slammed his beloved aircraft into the runway, doing victory rolls, after matching Eddie Rickenbackers record. The remains of this aircraft were pushed into a nearby pond, and Gentile was sent home by his ticked off commander. Who, in actuality probably sent him home to sell war bonds and get him out of harms way.
I always wonder if the remains of this aircraft are still in the bottom of some pond on a British dairy farm.
I actually built this model a long time ago, and like most of us model guys, keep something around for a test bed. This is mine !.
I’ve practice a lot technics, such as paint chipping with silver pencil, panel shading and trying out a new airbrush. My first attempted making seatbelts out of leaded foil from wine bottles and building the buckles from wire. Drilling out the gun barrels and stretching sprue for antenna wire, and the list goes on, yet, with all this practice on this model, I’ve somehow managed not to destroy it..
So, with all that, I present to you, not my best model, but one of my favorites, due to the simple fact it not only outlasted the actual aircraft it represents, but everything I’ve thrown at it, I still like well enough to keep it displayed on the shelf.
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