Tamiya 1/48 P-51D “Nose Art Group Build”
One of my contributions to the Nose Art Group Build started by Jaime Carreon. Big shout out to Jaime for starting this Group Build as it’s been a lot of fun. The P-51D I’m posted depicts “Duchess Arlene” flown by 1Lt Robert W. Williams of the 100st FS, 332nd FG, 15th AF at Ramitelli, Italy, late 1944-1945. The Tamiya kit has been around for quite some years but it does depict a P-51D quite well. The cockpit interior is a little sparse on detail but the fit of all the parts were spot on. The only added aftermarket item was a seat to improve the cockpit. And because the parts fit so well I didn’t have to use any putty building this model.
Paints were Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminum from a rattle can, Model Master Insignia Red enamel using an air brush, and all of the cockpit and anti glare panel was hand painted using various Model Master acrylics.. Decals were Fundekals for the star and bars, Warbird Decals for the markings and the kit decals for the yellow stripes. Future/Pledge was used for the final finish. Since there isn’t a lot of parts in the box this model can be built rather quickly, and personally for me it was a lot fun.
The bonus for me is this model completes my interest in building a least one representative aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airman during their service in WWII. But then I realized they also flew PT-17’s and AT-6 Texans to qualify for fighters. Darn it all I have those kits in my stash, and man does it seem this little hobby can keep one busy for quite some time.
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