COMPLETED: P-51H Mustang "what-if" build: 357th FG, Yoxford ETO

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COMPLETED: P-51H Mustang "what-if" build: 357th FG, Yoxford ETO

  • This build was an experiment I've want to try for years: a P-51H in a hypothetical ETO scheme with D-Day stripes. 

    Of course in fact,the P-51H only saw service after the war, but this build represents a hypothetical late war scenario with Allied air superiority still very much in question.  Undoubtably the "H" would have seen service, as it was by far the most superior of the Mustang series and practically the whole 8th Air Force was already trained to fly mustangs.  I can imagine P-51Hs escorting B-29s to Germany, flying at some ridiculously high altitude and tangling it up with ME-262s and Ta-152s.

    The 1/48 kit was resin, made by VP_Canada (Victoria Products).  I have no idea how old it is; i won it on ebay a couple years ago.  The general shape of the kit is about right, but it was a difficult build that required alot of carving and sculpting.  Big seams, etc.  But I've always kinda enjoyed that part of building.  Paint is Tamiya acrylic, promodeller wash, oil weathering.

    This build was completed for the Fantasy Fliers WWII group build.  I enjoyed finding the answer to my question about how the P-51H would look in green.  I think she looks pretty sweet!

      1/32 Revell Duo Discus
      1/32 Revell ASK-21
      1/48 Ardpol SZD-51 Junior
      1/144 FineMolds Millennium Falcon
      1/48 Czech Models Grumman Goose

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  • IL2Windhawk,

    thanks for the info, will have to give the balsa a try.

    matt

    Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur!!! - Anything said in Latin sounds profound!

     

  • The rod is steel, and because both the wood base and the kit were solid material, I just had to drill holes and use glue.  At the top, the aircraft is actually just press-fit nicely to the rod, such that I can turn the base upside down and the plane will stay still.  But it can also easily be removed from the base with minor pressure.  But that's only for cleaning, not because I like to fly it around the room.  Cleaning only. Tongue [:P]

    For ordinary kits, I like to put balsa in the fuselage, because it is easy to carve and provides a substrate for drilling into.

     

     

      1/32 Revell Duo Discus
      1/32 Revell ASK-21
      1/48 Ardpol SZD-51 Junior
      1/144 FineMolds Millennium Falcon
      1/48 Czech Models Grumman Goose

  • Always nice to see a mustang in the OD/gray scheme.  Looks great!! How did you rig the display?

    Matt

    Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur!!! - Anything said in Latin sounds profound!

     

  • Thanks guys. 

    Here's a few construction photos too.  These resin kits require you to get a little creative with the details.  Incidentally, the canopy was a spare from my last P-51H build: the Classic Airframes kit

      1/32 Revell Duo Discus
      1/32 Revell ASK-21
      1/48 Ardpol SZD-51 Junior
      1/144 FineMolds Millennium Falcon
      1/48 Czech Models Grumman Goose

  • A very nice P-51H IL2windhawk. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

    Randy So many to build.......So little time

  • Looks like your effort was well rewarded.  Nicely done Thumbs Up [tup].

    Regards,  Rick

    RICK At My Age, I've Seen It All, Done It All, But I Don't Remember It All...
  • Nicely done!  I like your What-if build, thanks for the pics! Big Smile [:D]

    Frank