Toulouse Nuts TF-51 Conversion, Tamiya 1/48
Back around 2014 we started looking at getting a replacement for Betty Jane on the Wings of Freedom Tour. About that time Mark Timken was looking to sell off several of his projects, including a TF, and a few FW-190s. A deal was struck and the TF project was shipped from Aero Trader to New Smyrna Beach at American Aero. The short nose FW went to Gosshawk in AZ, where it is currently nearing completion. Progress at AA was fast and it was coming down to picking a paint scheme. We all had ideas but they were nixed when the original left cowling panel for Toulouse showed up at the shop. The history of the airframe is sketchy, after it left the WV ANG it was sold surplus in the late 50’s. It went to Nicaragua and then to Bolivia, where it was involved in an accident. The wreckage was supposedly shipped back to the US and used to make patterns for future TF projects.
When the cowling showed up the wheels started turning to officially register her as 44-84655. She is currently residing at American Aero in New Smyrna Beach.
The model is basically out of box except for the resin parts I made which consist of the aft turtledeck, the rear cockpit floor and seat post, and the center instrument console. It is finished with Alclad, Tamiya, and Mr. Color paints along with fantastic decals from Greg Drawbaugh. It’s 99% done, I’m still waiting on the photoetch canopy rails and I have to make the rear seat and stick. More TF’s to come!
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