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Monogram P-51B Mustang - Don Gentile's Shangri-La Complete (1/48)

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Monogram P-51B Mustang - Don Gentile's Shangri-La Complete (1/48)
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, December 06, 2010 11:01 AM

Finished this for the Mighty 8th group build.  It's an old kit but it goes together well and with no fit issues.  Never worried about the raised vs recessed panel lines (this kit is a vintage Monogram kit with the raised panel lines).  Built OOB except for the Kits-World decal set that includes the Shangri-La markings.  Model Master acrylics - neutral gray underside, olive drab top side, Tamiya flat red for the nose and spinner, and Tamiya weathering pastels used rather sparingly on this build.

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Posted by vonBrakken on Monday, December 06, 2010 11:07 AM

Pretty sharp! Nice to see justice done to a classic kit. Great work!

In the hanger: 1/48 Tamiya A6M2 Zeke

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Posted by DoogsATX on Monday, December 06, 2010 11:13 AM

Nice work on an old kit and a classic aircraft!

 

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Posted by Buckeye on Monday, December 06, 2010 11:22 AM

Looks great.  Gentile's is always an interesting subject.Yes

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Posted by Hans von Hammer on Monday, December 06, 2010 11:27 AM

She's a sweet one, Aggieman!  A classic kit for sure, and one of the finest Monogram kits ever produced, IMNSHO... 

Gentile's P-51B is a great subject too.. Little trivia, he deliberately pranged that Pony for the cameras on 13 April 44, but they managed to salvage "Shangri-La" afterwards...  However, Blakeslee was livid about it, and sent him home (but his tour was up anyway)...

Found this little story about him in my archives..

On a mission in early 1944, Gentile downed a couple of Germans, only to be bounced by two others. Gentile went into a tight turn with the Hun. Not many pilots could turn in a Thunderbolt on the deck with an FW-190, but Gentile had the skill and was too frightened to worry about spinning out. The Hun had his No. 2 glued on his wing and he soon showed Gentile he was a tough adversary. Gentile went shuddering and shaking over the treetops with the two Germans. He was cold with fright, the same as he had been in his green RAF days when he escaped a German assailant with violent black-out turns and pull-outs, thus winning the bet that his body could stand more black-outs than the Germans. On some reverse turns Gentile squirted what little ammunition he had left after downing the other two Jerries. Now he found himself without ammunition and with two determined, accomplished killers on his tail. In the head-on attacks the German discerned that the Thunderbolt's wings were not firing; this made him press the attack that much more resolutely. The Hun peppered Gentile with some 30° deflection shots. Gentile pulled away and flicked down.

One of the Germans had been lost in the maneuvering and Gentile found himself going around in circles over the trees, rawhided by the German. Gentile was defenseless without ammunition; his one chance of surviving the vendetta was to evade the German fire until his ammunition was also exhausted. The German kept pressing for the one brief opportunity of lining the Thunderbolt up in his sights. Gentile's hand got clammy on the throttle.

"Help! Help! I'm being clobbered!" Gentile screamed in near panic.

Somewhere above in the clouds the rest of his squadron was flying about. Until this day Gentile remembers the imperturbable drawl of Willard Millikan answering: "Now, if you will tell me your call sign and approximate position we'll send help."

Gentile shot back, "I'm down here by a railroad track with a 190!"

But Millikan couldn't find Gentile. The duel (cannon vs. flying skill) went on down below. Characteristically, Gentile began talking to himself: " . . . Keep calm, Gentile . . . don't panic."

Gentile still managed to keep one jump ahead of the German, but his desperation mounted. The Hun was lathered and remorseless, having seen the American clobber the two 190 pilots, his acquaintances and perhaps his friends. He knew by now that the American with the "Donnie Boy" insignia was a superlative pilot; this was a chance to blast an American ace out of the sky without risk. He kept firing, but the American always climbed or banked just inside his line of fire. Gentile felt like giving up; he was going to be shot down anyway; it would be better to get some altitude and bail out. But he had some last words:

"Horseback, Horseback! If I don't get back, tell 'em I got two 190s!"

The two fighters were flat-out on the deck, down by the railroad track, the German on the American's tail firing. The German began to close the gap. Gentile suddenly honked his ship up and stood it on his prop until it quivered and was ready to stall out. For the first time Gentile had gotten above the Hun and could have swooped down on him for a kill had his ammunition not been exhausted. Gentile had preserved himself. He had made the Hun fire all his ammunition without hitting him. The German suddenly peeled off and sulked home, his two FW comrades unavenged. Gentile bounced down the runway at Debden. He didn't bother to gun the motor before switching it off. He was spent and worn, his very fingers heavy with weariness. The intelligence officer jumped on the wing of his plane to interrogate him. Gentile didn't answer, just sitting in the cockpit rolling his eyes and panting.

One of the pilots composed a song to be sung to the tune of Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, the Boys Are Marching. It became a Debden theme song. The chorus:

Help, Help, I'm being clobbered,
Down here by the railroad track,
Two 190s chase me 'round
And we're damn near to the ground
Tell them I got two if I don't make it back!

Hook'em 'Horns!

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Posted by Aggieman on Monday, December 06, 2010 11:34 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Eh ... Hans ... 24-17, so who has been hooked?

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, December 06, 2010 11:41 AM

Looks beautiful!  I love this kit, too, I'm building it side-by-side with the ICM -B, and I can only hope mine turns out half as nice as yours has, well done!

best regards,

Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by Hans von Hammer on Monday, December 06, 2010 11:57 AM

They're ummmm,  re-building this year... Yeah.. That's it...   Whistling

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Posted by rjkplasticmod on Monday, December 06, 2010 12:04 PM

Nicely done Steven Yes.

Regards,  Rick

RICK At My Age, I've Seen It All, Done It All, But I Don't Remember It All...
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Posted by Aggieman on Monday, December 06, 2010 12:22 PM

They're ummmm,  re-building this year... Yeah.. That's it...   Whistling

Ha ha.  With all the talent they have, they should never have to rebuild.  They should just reload.  While I won't proclaim the Horns to be totally dead, I think the cycle is beginning to turn on them and in a few years they will be truly bad.  This happens all the time in college football - one team can look dominant for a long time then all-of-a-sudden that team just falls of the planet, such as what Texas did this past season.

I've actually had youngsters tell me that A&M would never do anything on the football field, to which I always just laughed while remembering games that happened before these kids were either born or aware of college football (for instance, A&M winning 9-of-10 against Texas from '85 through '95). 

Now it looks like they'll have to dig up that rail they have in Austin that they once used more regularly to run coaches out of town on.  It's probably rusted over by now with the incredible success that the politician Mack Brown has had since '98 but I guarantee it is still there.  Texas' second worst nightmare is Texas A&M and Oklahoma both being dominant programs (it's worst nightmare is Texas A&M ditching the Big 12 conference for the SEC).

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Posted by Hans von Hammer on Monday, December 06, 2010 1:15 PM

Heh.. I live right in the middle of ISU Campus Town here in Ames ...   I love screwing with 'em by yelling "Hook 'Em HORNS!" or "Go HAWKEYES!"  from my War Room window when they're all whooping it up on the street below...

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Posted by jschlechty on Monday, December 06, 2010 1:56 PM

Looks great!  I had the Tamiya version of Shangri-La until this past Saturday.  Was dusting my shelves and had set on the desk below - then knocked the router of the shelf and right on top of it!  Oh well, gives my an excuse to try again and hope mine turns out as good as yours did! Smile

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Posted by excdn11 on Monday, December 06, 2010 2:24 PM

I remember reading a few years ago that Mustang pilots used to complain that a P51 just couldnt take a router hit.    

dmk
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Posted by dmk on Monday, December 06, 2010 2:35 PM
Hans von Hammer
P-51B is a great subject too.. Little trivia, he deliberately pranged that Pony for the cameras on 13 April 44,but they managed to salvage Shangri-La afterwards... However, Blakeslee was livid about it, and sent him home (but his tour was up anyway)...
Apparently ol' Don Blakeslee pranged his own mustang on his last flight too. The difference though, Gentile was showboating, Blakeslee just plain forgot to put the gear down. :) http://www.acepilots.com/usaaf_blakeslee.html
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Posted by DoogsATX on Monday, December 06, 2010 2:47 PM

excdn11

I remember reading a few years ago that Mustang pilots used to complain that a P51 just couldnt take a router hit.    

It's a good thing that Hitler was so adamant that routers be developed for use against ground targets, rather than air-to-air...

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Posted by Hans von Hammer on Monday, December 06, 2010 3:33 PM

dmk
 Hans von Hammer:
P-51B is a great subject too.. Little trivia, he deliberately pranged that Pony for the cameras on 13 April 44,but they managed to salvage Shangri-La afterwards... However, Blakeslee was livid about it, and sent him home (but his tour was up anyway)...

Apparently ol' Don Blakeslee pranged his own mustang on his last flight too. The difference though, Gentile was showboating, Blakeslee just plain forgot to put the gear down. :) http://www.acepilots.com/usaaf_blakeslee.html

Heh... T'was Karma...

"Shangri-La" as she ended up...

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Posted by Aggieman on Monday, December 06, 2010 3:40 PM

  I love screwing with 'em by yelling "Hook 'Em HORNS!" or "Go HAWKEYES!"  from my War Room window when they're all whooping it up on the street below...

That's awesome!

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Posted by Hans von Hammer on Monday, December 06, 2010 3:50 PM

Yeah... They're SO easy to screw with, it's almost a crime... My block has six "college bars" bars on it, so it's a "Target-Rich Environment" on Friday & Saturday nights, LOL...

I've thrown snowballs down on 'em, shot bottle rockets at 'em, etc... It's a blast...

dmk
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Posted by dmk on Monday, December 06, 2010 3:51 PM
That's a cool pic Hans. I hadn't seen a pic of the damage before. She looks pretty busted up.
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Posted by Hans von Hammer on Monday, December 06, 2010 3:53 PM

dmk
That's a cool pic Hans. I hadn't seen a pic of the damage before. She looks pretty busted up.

Yeah, broke her back...

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Posted by Wabashwheels on Monday, December 06, 2010 11:13 PM

In the history of the fourth fighter group, I read that Gentile's "Shangra La" was stripped of usable parts and then buried on the spot.  I've also seen a photo of his P-51D that was his personal aircraft during his war bond tour after his return to the States.  There's a good project for us Gentile fans.  Rick.

 

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Posted by tigerman on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 12:34 AM

jschlechty

Looks great!  I had the Tamiya version of Shangri-La until this past Saturday.  Was dusting my shelves and had set on the desk below - then knocked the router of the shelf and right on top of it!  Oh well, gives my an excuse to try again and hope mine turns out as good as yours did! Smile

Ouch!

Nice job on the Stang. Like the markings.

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 Eric 

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Posted by Hans von Hammer on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 3:27 AM

Wabashwheels

In the history of the fourth fighter group, I read that Gentile's "Shangra La" was stripped of usable parts and then buried on the spot.  I've also seen a photo of his P-51D that was his personal aircraft during his war bond tour after his return to the States.  There's a good project for us Gentile fans.  Rick.

I don't know about being buried, but she was indeed stripped of parts.. They got her back up on her wheels even (well, mostly.. Her main gear, since the fuselage was broken in half)....

Couple of diorama possibilities for "Shangri-La":

Wouldn't need an engine, just an engine-shaped lump covered with a tarp..

The Tamiya 1/48th Duece & 1/2 would work well for conversion to a wrecker, and I think I'd use the Monogram P-51B for this...

 

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Posted by macattack80 on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 7:38 PM

Great build Aggieman!

Kevin

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