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)

  • 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.

    Gig 'em, Steven

     

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  • Great build Aggieman!

    Kevin

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  • 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...

     

  • 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.

      http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y269/wing_nut_5o/PANZERJAGERGB.jpg

     Eric 

  • 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.

     

  • 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...

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

    Dave

  • 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...

  •   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!

    Gig 'em, Steven

     

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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

    Dave

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

  • 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

  • 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...