Mom’s 1/48 Academy P-38
This build is a tribute to my late mother and is not representative of any P-38 that actually flew. However, I did steal the nose work idea from Richard Bongs’ P-38. Years ago when I started building models again mom asked me if I would build her a model. She obviously remembered those days in my youth and my enjoyment of model building. Of course I said sure, what would you like to have? During the war mom worked at the White Oak Rubber factory in Ravenna, Ohio, sewing ponchos together while dad was overseas with the 101st Airborne. I didn’t believe she would know one plane from another let alone anything with tracks on it. Without any hesitation she stated “I would like a P-38.” I was rather stunned and after some questioning I discovered she knew exactly what was a P-38.
Consequently I built her the 1/72 Academy P-38J that is pictured below. Not one of my best builds and after her death it was given back to me. I decided for her 96th birthday I would build a tribute P-38 in her honor. The markings are from the spares box, 24 representing her birth year, the 210 represents the month and day of her birth. The 7 little kill stars represent the 7 children she along with dad raised.
Five boys none the less, not sure how we didn’t drive her crazy. The Eagle talon on the tail is how she mothered us kids like a any mother Eagle would do.. Nurturing us along until the day comes when we can fly from the nest on our own.
A special shout out to Dave Kopielski from Dave’s Scale Models who did the decals from the photo I supplied. Thanks a lot Dave for an excellent job as well as quick turn around. The build is pretty much OOB, but I did add an Ultracast seat and wheels. Paint was Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminum, and Model Master acrylics for the cockpit. Nylon thread was used for the antenna and a Pitt Pen to highlight the panel lines. The kit represents a P-38E but I optioned to position the canopy open as a P-38F.
So here’s my tribute to a great woman and wonderful mother Annabelle Stacy Bebout. Happy Birthday mom, here’s the P-38 you deserve.
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