Crazy Horse TF-51D Mustang Conversion
26 years ago I was a recent college grad…no debt, and things to do. A friend of mine bought a flight in Crazy Horse, at the time it was $1,600 for an hour. Three of us Mustang nuts piled in the car and headed to Latrobe, PA to watch Tony take his flight. Needless to say John and I were green with envy. At the time, spending $1,600 on an hour flight seemed a bit much, but after watching Tony, about 2 weeks later, John, Tony and I were heading back to Latrobe, both John and I had cash in hand. I was 23, barely a private pilot, but life long Mustang nut. While kids in school were reading Cat in the Hat, I was reading everything I could get my hands on regarding Mustangs. This was it…I thought this would be my one and only chance to experience the Mustang first hand. It was magical, an hour of bliss, rolling, looping, running through canyons, throwing up, lol,…I did 3 landings…he even ducked his down so I could see the runway. It was easy to fly, like on rails…I could only imagine being 23, over Europe full of ammo and gas…and, and. That day has stuck with me, more than any experience I’ve ever had. Over the years I’ve run in to the guys at Stallion. Lee remembers the mess I made 🙂 (I cleaned it up). While working at Warbird Adventures flying T-6s, day in and day out we’d cross paths on the taxiways and the practice area we shared southwest of the field. I was building T-6 to fulfill the insurance requirements for Betty Jane.
Fast forward to now. I’ve always wanted to model Crazy Horse…thanks to Greg Drawbaugh for producing some beautiful decals, and, probably too much free time, I made the TF conversion. It’s the Tamiya 1/48th Scale Korean version, for the correct prop. I tried some Tamiya silver lacquer…this stuff if wonderful! forgiving and dries almost instantly, BUT, do not use Mr. Color clear, it attacked the silver. I didn’t try Tamiya X-22, and fortunately it was only the bottom of the wing. When I say it’s forgiving, I masked off the decals and the invasion stripes and resprayed the silver…can’t tell. So, this is my little tribute. Thanks for having a look and my rambling.
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