P-51C "Lucky Thirteen"
Something different from the Bebout Curtiss P-40 Factory, Jackie Cochran's Lucky Thirteen P-51C. If you're not familiar with Jackie Cochran one can summarize her as an aviator, test pilot, spokesperson as well as a successful businesswoman. If interested you can learn about her history and her numerous aviation records she set over the years by clicking on the below link. She was needless to say quite a woman and aviator.
I used the old Accurate Miniatures 1/48 scale P-51C which has now been re-boxed by Academy. Decent little kit, no real fit issues, only disappointment were the thick canopies used with their P-51 line. In this case I cut the canopy open to better reveal the interior. Mostly build OOB, and per usual I added an Ultracast seat with molded belts. Tamiya TS-35 Park Green was used for the exterior, Model Master Interior Green for the cockpit. The aux fuel tanks are from an Academy P-38 and were in fact used on this machine as depicted in a photo taken in California in 1947. I did add come additional radio/navigation gear to the cockpit and used nylon thread for the antenna wire.
Fun little build for me, not a show winner but she's pleasing to look at.
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