Nose Art Group Build – North American P-51D Mustang, Monogram 1/48
Here’s my first model for the Nose Art Group Build, the venerable and somewhat ill-fitting Monogram P-51D. The kit was intended to honor my five year old grandson, who shares his name with John Meyer’s famous Mustang “Petie”. My friend Louis had an extra sheet of decals for that airplane that he wasn’t using, so he sent them and this was off and running. Having built several of the Monogram “B” Mustangs with no problems, I figured this would be just as nice as those were.
Turns out I was somewhat mistaken. All hopes of a bare metal finish went out the window after the addition of what seemed to be a half pound of putty to fair in and fill the awful lower nose piece and gun bay doors. As my old modeling mentor once told me, the best thing to cover putty was camouflage and decals. After a few phone calls, and finding that there was not a P-51 named “Bondo Queen” friend Frank shot me the decals for the airplane seen here.
“Passion Wagon” was an early P-51D assigned to the 362nd FS, flown by Maj. Arval Robertson and later by Capt. Chuck Weaver. She originally didn’t have the fin strake; that was added later, possibly coming from another aircraft. Camouflage is RAF Dark Green with USAAF Neutral Gray lowers, as I didn’t have any of the RAF grays and they all sort of look the same to me anyway. The decals are from a Microscale sheet old enough to have only cost $1.75, but they went on perfectly with a little Micro Sol. I added some PE seatbelts and Airscale instrument decals to spice up the cockpit a bit. Formation lights were drilled out, filled with clear parts cement, then painted with the appropriate clear colors. Nav lights are clear sprue also painted with clear colors.
The last pic is of two generations of American fighters, both carrying on the nose art tradition
This model was the inspiration for the Nose Art Group Build, and I hope it gets this one off to a good start!
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