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What if the Thunderbirds...
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, February 15, 2021 5:03 PM

...were founded in 1948 instead of 1953? Would they have flown Mustangs? Maybe. Possibly. Probably. This is what I imagined the airplanes would have looked like at airshows back then.

The kit is the Tamiya P-51D, 8th AF kit. The decals are Warbirds Thunderbird P-51D decal set. The paint is AK Xtreme Metal Polished Aluminum.

The build was straight forward OOB except for the decals. This was my second attempt at this build. The first became a camouflaged P-51 when the gloss black primer didn't go well. Anyway, the decals are very brittle and crack easily, especially along edges and around compound curves. I used up a lot of Solvaset to get the decals to snuggle down. As long as you don't examine the airplane too closely, it looks great...lol. So, anyway, here it is: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds P-51D...

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, February 15, 2021 5:20 PM

Nice very sharp a real show plane.

 .Nick

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, February 15, 2021 5:30 PM

Beautiful job, Frank! As a big fan of intelligent "what ifs," this one is top notch...both as an abstract concept, and as a gorgeous scheme for the Mustang.

Well done!

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Posted by leemitcheltree on Monday, February 15, 2021 5:37 PM

Super cool....and BEAUTIFULLY done!

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, February 15, 2021 6:34 PM

WOW!

That is one extremely well executed concept scheme! I'm amazed.

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, February 15, 2021 6:45 PM

Very nice!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, February 15, 2021 7:11 PM
Beautiful work

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, February 15, 2021 7:15 PM

Very nice, Frank.  The Thunderbirds should be flying these now instead of those silly F-16'sBig Smile

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, February 15, 2021 7:37 PM

You did a great job! 

I had a fun time designing the schemes on that sheet and even made a bicentennial version.

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Posted by PaulBoyer on Monday, February 15, 2021 7:47 PM

Nicely done! Warbird has also done a couple of other "WHIF" Thunderbirds, including the F-106 and F-35!

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, February 15, 2021 8:00 PM
Looks fantastic Frank

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, February 15, 2021 8:06 PM

jeaton01

Very nice, Frank.  The Thunderbirds should be flying these now instead of those silly F-16'sBig Smile

 Yeah, I'd like to see a current owner of a restored P-51D paint the aircraft like this model. Man, would it be a hit on the airshow circuit.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, February 15, 2021 8:13 PM

Scale-Master

You did a great job! 

I had a fun time designing the schemes on that sheet and even made a bicentennial version.

 

Thanks. I still have a set of the decals for an F-84F and I have the decals for the Princess Elizabeth Mustang. I saw that airplane fly at the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends back on '07. I'll be doing the Tamiya P-51B/C for those decals.

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Posted by fox on Monday, February 15, 2021 9:30 PM

Outstanding job! Toast Toast Toast Would look fantastic if they did it today.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:18 AM

There was an Air Force demo team before the Thunderbirds.  I believe it was called the Acrojets.  I believe they flew P-80s.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:35 AM

Don Stauffer

There was an Air Force demo team before the Thunderbirds.  I believe it was called the Acrojets.  I believe they flew P-80s.

 

 

Marvelous model. Such projects take a lot of time and thought. There's a really nice BMF hiding in there too.

Don you are correct. Unfortunately the P-80 just didn't have much acceleration.

The Acrojets feature as the central flyers in the 1951 movie "Air Cadets".

 

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 11:04 AM

Utterly plausible.  And excellent execution.  Well done!  Yes

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Posted by disastermaster on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:57 PM

Real G

Utterly plausible.  And excellent execution.  Well done!  Yes

 

 
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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 3:40 PM

Don Stauffer

There was an Air Force demo team before the Thunderbirds.  I believe it was called the Acrojets.  I believe they flew P-80s.

 

 

Thanks, Don. Did a Google search and found this brief history: https://aerobaticteams.net/en/teams/i16/Acrojets.html

Another reason for another build. The article discusses the team flying the F80A and F-80C and finally the T-33. I guess I'm going to have to find a couple more kits and build a couple of Acrojets.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, February 18, 2021 8:44 AM

fotofrank

 

 
Don Stauffer

There was an Air Force demo team before the Thunderbirds.  I believe it was called the Acrojets.  I believe they flew P-80s.

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Don. Did a Google search and found this brief history: https://aerobaticteams.net/en/teams/i16/Acrojets.html

Another reason for another build. The article discusses the team flying the F80A and F-80C and finally the T-33. I guess I'm going to have to find a couple more kits and build a couple of Acrojets.

 

I googled Acrojets too, and found a big long list of military aerobatic teams, including the Skyblazers, whose Sabres were released as kits- I have one of those in my stash.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:53 AM

GMorrison

 

 
Don Stauffer

There was an Air Force demo team before the Thunderbirds.  I believe it was called the Acrojets.  I believe they flew P-80s.

 

 

 

 

Marvelous model. Such projects take a lot of time and thought. There's a really nice BMF hiding in there too.

 

Don you are correct. Unfortunately the P-80 just didn't have much acceleration.

The Acrojets feature as the central flyers in the 1951 movie "Air Cadets".

 

Bill

 

Bump- movie reference

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Friday, February 19, 2021 2:03 PM

PaulBoyer

Nicely done! Warbird has also done a couple of other "WHIF" Thunderbirds, including the F-106 and F-35!

 

I can't remember the manufacturer but I've got a set of Thunderbird decals in the stash specifically made for an F-106. 


Hmmmmm.

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, February 19, 2021 2:15 PM

Straycat1911

 

 
PaulBoyer

Nicely done! Warbird has also done a couple of other "WHIF" Thunderbirds, including the F-106 and F-35!

 

 

 

I can't remember the manufacturer but I've got a set of Thunderbird decals in the stash specifically made for an F-106. 


Hmmmmm.

 

Those decals would be from Warbirds Decals.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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