Tamiya 1/48 P-51B "Berlin Express"

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Tamiya 1/48 P-51B "Berlin Express"

  • This build was recently completed for the D-Day Group Build. Thought I would Post some pics here for those not following that Thread. Berlin Express was a P-51C-3-NT flown by Lt. William Overstreet, assigned to the 363rd FS, 357th FG, 8th AF, stationed at Leiston, England. The model features full Invasion Stripes & the white wall tires that appeared on many of the Squadrons aircraft.

    The basic kit was the Tamiya 1/48 P-51B with Aftermarket parts from Eduard (PE fret # EU 4219), Ultracast ( Resin replacements for seat, flaps, exhausts, props & spinner), & AeroMaster (decal sheet #48-288).

    NMF was done with Alclad2, upper surfaces with ModelMaster OD enamel & invasion stripes with Floquil Reefer White & Engine Black.

    Hope you don't mind yet another Stang post. I'm off to build yet another !

    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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  • rick, i said it over there, and i'll say it right here as well, that is one fine build my friend!! gorgeous stang dressed in a gorgeous scheme as well!! those stripes really enhance those senous curves she got goin' on!! sweet build. later.
    Chris The Origins of Murphy's Law: "In the begginning there was nothing, and it exploded."!!! _________ chris
  • It looks awesome Rick. I really like the white walled tires; something unusual that really stands out and says "notice me."

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing on this thread too!

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  • Very nice build. Love the paint work and decaling.
    Regards, Dan Building Scale Models At The Speed Of Dark
  • Awesome job Rick!! Thanks for letting us see!!

    Take care,

  • Beautiful man... just got all my stuff ordered this morning, hope mine measures up to the bar you set.
  • great job on the mustang
  • A super job, love the tires...
  • Chris, Leon, Dan, Frank, woodbeck3, gunney, Dave, Thank you all for the comments, much appreciated.

    Regards, Rick
    RICK At My Age, I've Seen It All, Done It All, But I Don't Remember It All...
  • Great looking Mustang, Rick ! Like the whitewalls. Nice job on the spinner, too.
    Nah . . . never too many Mustangs !
  • Thanks Pix. The spinner was actually a lot more difficult to mask & paint than the whitewalls.

    Glad to see you back. Hope you are well on your way to a full recovery. Looking forward to many more of your great builds in the future.

    Regards, Rick
    RICK At My Age, I've Seen It All, Done It All, But I Don't Remember It All...
  • rick outstanding. very impressive.



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  • I swore off them Hawses (along with Bf 109s, FW 190s and A6M-anything) ten years ago, but after seeing this latest one from Rick, along with Pix's A-36, somehow I just can't wait to dive into one (pun accidental, Pix). But it would have to be something totally weird. I wonder how I could get plans and do the mods needed to build "The Stars Look Down"? For those who haven't seen it, it was a specially modified two-seat B-model made specifically so Gen. Eisenhower could look over the Normandy beaches following the invasion. I wonder whatever happened to the real airplane after the war. Anybody know a source of photos of this unique bird?

    BTW: The offer's still good for any of you who are building 357th FG Mustangs. I have one of those Pro-Modeler sheets which are amazingly well done, and have uncommon subjects on them, not to mention the fact that when they are on sale, they practically give them away, so I buy them all whether I'll ever use them or not. Anyhoo, this sheet -- by Scale-Master/Detail & Scale, has three of the lesser known ships (P-51B's), and is in perfect register, very fine and thin printing. It has Capt. J. Storch's "The Shillelagh," (OD over NM), 1st Lt. A.J. Roberson's "Passion Wagon," (OD over NG with full invasion stripes) and "Pregnant Polecat," the mount of Capt. Glendon V. Davis (OD over NG, eight kill markings, no invastion stripes). The makers are to be commended for doing what other decal companies (some of them, anyway) don't do: they point out that the famous red and yellow checks were far from being uniform from plane to plane, and that each plane had slightly different sizes and numbers of checks. Also, the red and yellow bands of each plane's spinner was a little different. So, for all three planes they provide separate checks and spinner stripes.
    I could have saved all this verbage and simply said: If you are one of those who's building this group, and is serious about it, I'll gladly donate the sheet. Just drop me an e-mail and they is your'n.
  • Thanks Shark. I can't recall the Issue date but FSM ran a very good conversion build article on Ike's bird a while back that I think had a pic or 2 of the real bird. If you can't find the article, maybe David Voss or Lawrence could help out.

    Regards, Rick
    RICK At My Age, I've Seen It All, Done It All, But I Don't Remember It All...
  • I like it, guy. Looks dang sharp...

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