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Tamiya 1/48 P-51D “Nose Art Group Build”

My most recent addition to the Nose Art Group build is Tamiya’s really nice but old P-51D, “Passion Wagon”. This A/C was flown by Lt Arvil Roberson assigned to the 362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group. They were the first 8th Air Force unit to be equipped with P-51’s and were nick named “The Yoxford Boys.”
Straight forward build, however, I did add an after market seat and some wheels to enhance the details. Paints were Model Master acrylics for the cockpit, and Tamiya and Model Master enamels for the skin. Decals were a combination of Tamiya, EagleCals #103, along with some Fundekals. An artist pen was used to highlight the panel lines and artist chalk for the exhause stains. Fun as well as a quick little build, and I was lucky to received a Silver metal for it at the recent Tol-Con 2018 show.

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14 responses to Tamiya 1/48 P-51D “Nose Art Group Build”

  1. owwww…that’s glorious

  2. PERFECT..Absolutely great looking model. Love the 357th

  3. Fantastic build Tom !!!!

    Looks great and I can see why it garnered an award.

    Well done buddy. I like it a lot.

  4. Thumbs up Tom, lovely Mustang. Although NMF is more often the subject when it comes to P-51, the OD schemes are also very appealing

  5. Outstanding…..can’t go wrong with Tamiya OR a Mustang! 🙂

  6. Tom. Its a Mustang, of course its cool ! Then again, when its done this nice, makes it a little more special. Well done, and some well deserved recognition !

  7. Nicely done Tom! It looks great.

  8. A Masterful Mustang, Tom! Nice nose art too.

  9. Awesome addition to the group build.

  10. Beautifully done, Tom. ( @tom-bebout ) Congratulations on the award!

    Some tire of Mustangs. Not me. Ever.

  11. Must have missed this post earlier, Tom. This looks great.

  12. Thanks for the comments gentlemen they’re appreciated. Though this Tamiya kit is considered an old kit, it’s fun to build and has little to no issues. They can often be found at model shows at very reasonable prices, a plus for me.

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