1/72 Academy P-51B
This aircraft nicknamed "SNAFU", was flown by !st Lt. Clemens A. Feidler. Clemens came to the 4th Fighter Group from Fredericksburg, Texas, on 8 August 1943. He was assigned to the 335th Squadron 4th FG. He had 50 missions completed when on 10 April 1944 his plane was hit by flak while strafing Romorantin Aerodrome, France.
His mustang was streaming black oil and glycol and he attempted to bail out. His wingman watched as he climbed and put his aircraft on its back and then went into a dive. He leveled off for a few seconds and went into another dive with objects flying out of the cockpit. He was then seen hanging halfway out of the cockpit as his plane dove into the ground and he was killed. Clemens was 25 years old.
Lt. Fielder was credited with 5.3 victories and had earned the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
The model is painted with MRP paints and the markings came from a Xtradecal sheet. It is mostly OOB but I did however add PE seatbelts, a instrument panel by Yahu and a Quickboost gunsight..
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