This was sort of a not planned build. I sat down to work on my Vietnam era Navy Skyraider and it dawned on me that my last three projects have all been naval, so it was time to do something different. Looking at my stash, this one just jumped out at me. For some reason I have seven Twin Mustangs in the stash; five in 1/72 and two in 1/48. More on that later…
The first kit I pulled off the shelf was the Revell Germany issue of the Monogram kit, which turned out not to be such a good thing because half of it was missing! The second box was all there, so I sat down and got started. Three hours later, I had this:
I remember having built this one when it came out in the early 70’s and being very excited that it was a new issue that wasn’t another Mustang, Spitfire of Bf-109! I was 14 or 15 then. The owner of the hobby shop I frequented got two of them for me. It was pretty much as I had remembered. The main assembly went pretty quickly as the cockpit is pretty basic and I decided not to display the guns in the wing center section. The wing fit pretty well, but the fuselage molds are showing their age and required quite a bit of putty. The huge slots for the sliding canopies were filled with plastic stock and will be sanded smooth as this progresses. There’s just enough cockpit detail to be acceptable under closed canopies.
The F-82 has not been well represented in model form. The Monogram kit was the only game in town for decades. Special Hobby issued H and G models in 1/72 recently, and while the engraving and cockpit detail are much better, these models have serious shape issues, especially the radar pod, props and the tail. The only other Twin Mustangs are the 1/48 scale Model Craft kits, which are absolutely awful. I will take one of those on after I decide to start drinking, popping pills or sniffing glue (oh, wait, I already do that…) again.
This model will be in night fighter black, haven’t decided on which airplane yet. An F-82 of the 68th FS flown by Lt. William “Skeeter” Hudson claimed the first air to air kill of the Korean War on June 27th, 1950, when he shot down a Yak-9.