Battle of Kasserine Pass Group Build: 1/48 F-6A TAC RECCE Mustang
Big hats off to David Thomas for initiating this GB concerning a significant battle in North America at Kasserine Pass. Determined to be a military defeat for the US Army it would prove to a learning lesson from which ultimate victory would finally come. One of my contributions to this GB is this Accurate Miniatures F-6A representing the 111th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, called The Snoopers.
The 111th has a long history as Texas National Guard unit from Huston, Texas. They were activated on November, 1940, and received training stateside before deploying to the ETO with the 68th Observation Group. Their ground support units arrived at Azew, Algeria on 8 November, 1942, and awaited their A-20’s and P-39’s. When the aircraft arrived the 111th began operations in support for the 12th Air Support Command. They would later convert to the P-51 and by July, 1943 they would support Seventh Army’s invasion of Sicily.
In 23 months of combat flying they flew 7,284 combat sorties, shot down 43 enemy aircraft, supported four invasions and participate in a fifth. Besides doing reconnaissance they would pioneer spotting for long range field artillery. They would receive the Distinguished Unit Citation in February, 1945.
No longer a viable company Accurate Miniatures did, however, produce some reasonable price versions of P-51’s. Interior detail is quite nice and I used a combination of Model Master enamels and acrylics along with a wash to bring out some detail.
I did add a Ultracast seat to somewhat improve an already nice cockpit.
Add the instrument panel the camera and it looks pretty good.
Thanks to David Thomas I used an after market prop that is more accurate in scale. The antenna is nylon thread and Tamiya rattle can paint was used for the exterior. To better view the office I cut the thick canopy and displayed it open. Now this was a well used aircraft and was due some severe weathering. However, it looked so nice clean I just left it that way. Artistic license.
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