Tamiya 1/48 F-6D “Nose Art Group Build”
My first off the bench for 2019 is Tamiya's old P-51D completed as an F-6D Recce bird from the 10th Photo Reconnaissance Group. This aircraft was flown by Lt. John R. "Red" Ellis, who obviously was from the great state of Kentucky. The art work illustrates the nickname of Kentucky and depicts a zoot suit clad Kentucky Colonel jitterbugging. You have to be over 50 and know some history to understand.
Although a Recce bird the 10th's Mustangs were fully armed and Lt Ellis would finish the war with 2-0-1 aerial victories. Much as already been written about this particular Tamiya offering so I wont dwell on it's fit or overall detail. Both are good and this kit can often be found at model shows at very reasonable prices. Because of my fixation on seats I did add an Ultracast seat to upgrade the cockpit a little. I used the kits decal for the IP and it settled down extremely well by using some Micro Sol and Micro Set.
Paints were a combination of Model Master acrylics in the cockpit and Tamiya TS-17, gloss aluminum, from a rattle can for the exterior. The three camera openings are from the Quickboost 48-115 conversion set for the P-51. I was able to obtain this set from another modeler on HyperScale who was kind enough to sell it to me. The decals are a combination of those in the box and AeroMaster 48-708 sheet. Panel lines were outlined using a Pitt Pen. Thought it would be a nice addition to Jaime Carreons's Nose Art Group Build. Thanks for the opportunity Jaime.
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