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Hypothetical FJ-(-1)? …Revell 1/48 P-51

Does that make this an FJ+1? and by what name… “Seahorse”? “Fury”? 🙂

This one was purely for fun, just wanted to share. I did this one up some time ago.. not really good by any means, nor was it ever meant to be. This is a Revell-Monogram 1/48 P-51, painted up in Navy colors with some extra F4U decals. I don’t think the geometric scheme was in use when the D model mustang was introduced, but I don’t care.. I just wanted to see a Mustang in Navy colors, and had fun putting it together. I figured that, for the kit, this is better than a life confined to a box in the closet. I hope you enjoy it!

PS I did the geo markings for the USS Lexington because where I’m from, Lexington is synonymous with horses (ala Mustangs)… even though the namesake is for a different Lexington. Too much of a stretch? of course it is.. 😉

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14 responses to Hypothetical FJ-(-1)? …Revell 1/48 P-51

  1. Warbird Simulations has this in their “Mustang Tales” group of P-51 offerings for FSX including a tailhook and hooks for the catapult bridle. Since it came before the jet powered Fury they call it an FJ1 (as it probably would’ve been) and they also call it a Seahorse. (If that would not have been its given name the pilots and crew probably would’ve done that themselves.) Apparently a very large group of old NAA drawings were obtained from whatever company absorbed them. Among the drawings were ones for the tailhook mounting structure for a navalized P-51.
    One thing I will say, the Mustang looks great in Glossy Sea Blue! I also like you choice of boats to put it on. Makes total sense!

    • Thanks for the info Josh. I wanted to replicate an artist rendering I saw online, likely from the FSX forums. When I saw it my first thought was infact how good a D model looks in GSB.

      I had added a little boss that had a tailhook coming down from it, but it looked silly and didn’t in any way replicate the extended wheel well/ door that NAA had planned, and I wasn’t going to graft that much detail in, so left it without.

  2. Looks great @pb_legend.
    The best part of it being that you had a lot of fun!

  3. I like it. They did put a hook on one and did carrier trials in 1944.
    http://mustang.gaetanmarie.com/articles/naval/naval4.jpg

  4. Great looking Seahorse! Really like the “what if” naval paint scheme. Almost seems like something the Navy would acquire to evaluate it against a F4U-4 or F8F done up in the same colors.

  5. SeaHorse is PERFECT!!!

  6. As far as I know the last SeaHorses were the training squadron ones and even got painted up in the new white/gull grey scheme and orange bands. All titles and antiglare panel in black. You better do one of them too.

    Anything whif with a lot of credibility to scheme and story is great. Keep it up.

  7. Having fun in building like you mentioned is the most important part.
    Although it is a fantasy scheme, it suites this Mustang really well.
    Overal a nice build, Andrew. @pb_legend

  8. That’s just plain cool! Best part of modeling is having fun. Nice build.

  9. Nicely done and a fun build! I navalized a Me 262 awhile back. The Navy did test the P-51 on a carrier.

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  10. One thing for sure, it doesn’t look like the H model either. Great post!

  11. Great idea for a model. It is fun not to let reality stand in the way of building a kit. As Robert (@roofrat) pointed out, the Navy did some trials with a P-51 on a carrier.

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