Accurate Miniatures 1/48 P-51C “By Request”
Summer activities has consumed most of my modeling time but I was able to finally complete another Tuskegee Airman aircraft. The above represents a P-51C piloted by LTC Benjamin O. Davis of the 100th FS, 332nd FG in Ramitelli, Italy 1944/5. Davis would remain in the Army after the war and would rise to the rank of four star general in the newly formed U S Air Force before his retirement.
The kit I used has been around since the 90’s and can still be found at modeling shows and on various web sites for sale. I’ve always liked their various versions of the P-51 as they have nice cockpit detail and the over all fit is quite good. However, their canopies are on the rather thick side. The only aftermarket item I used was a seat with hardness as I prefer them versus working with PE. If you follow some of my builds you know I’m into seats.
Paints used were Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminum from a rattle can and I shot the Model Master Insignia Red enamel with an air brush. The cockpit was hand painted with various Model Master acrylics. Again, I enjoy hand painting cockpits. Decals were from Warbird Decals and they performed very well, and I used the kit decals for the stencils and nylon thread was used for the antenna wire. I finished her off with a coat of Future/Pledge to keep her shiny as I like her that way.
This is now my fourth Tuskegee aircraft, the previous built are a P-40F, P-39, and a P-47, all displayed here on iModeler on my blog page. Up next will be a Tamiya P-51D Duchess Arlene which will go well with the Nose Art GB. After that Cooter is in line, another Tamiya P-51D. Side note, “By Request” was named by Davis after several Bomber units specifically asked for the Red Tails to escort them to and from their targets.
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