P-51B Betty Jane
This one is a long time coming and a long time building. I haven’t had much time for building as of late and I actually started this to knock some rust off…last November. A text message from Mr. Gardner lit the fire to finish it. I see in the photos it still needs some work but for now I’m happy to put this on the shelf in my office.
I had never heard of Charles McCorkle until Collings bought the TP-51C painted in his markings. He was quite a colorful veteran that started out in the mid 30’s flying the P-26 and the P-12. As noted in his logbook he had a true fondness for the P-12. During WWII he served as C/O of the 31st FG based out of Italy with the 15th Air Force. He was credited with 11 ‘victories’ and was one of the few pilots to have both his Spitfire and Mustang marked with his personal initials.
Betty was his wife, and Jane is his daughter, both of whom we met while on tour. Because of the tour, Betty Jane will probably go down as one of the most well known Mustangs to the general public. We racked up over 5,000 hours of flight experience time in the 8 years she was on tour. The McCorkle family donated his aviation gear and Memorabilia to the Hickory Aviation Museum in North Carolina.
The model is the tried and true Tamiya kit finished with Alclad and Tamiya paints. It’s straight out of the box with PE seatbelts and Microscale? Decals, (I bought them at show in pieces). I see in the photos a few places that need touched up but after spending 2 days taping off the tail stripes I just wanted it close 😀 thanks for having a look!
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