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

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Tamiya 1/48 P-51B "Berlin Express"
Posted by rjkplasticmod on Friday, August 06, 2004 10:17 AM
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
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Posted by saltydog on Friday, August 06, 2004 10:22 AM
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.
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Posted by gwaihir on Friday, August 06, 2004 10:24 AM
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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Posted by Model Grandpa on Friday, August 06, 2004 10:51 AM
Very nice build. Love the paint work and decaling.
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Posted by oldhooker on Friday, August 06, 2004 11:45 AM
Awesome job Rick!! Thanks for letting us see!!

Take care,
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, August 06, 2004 11:49 AM
Beautiful man... just got all my stuff ordered this morning, hope mine measures up to the bar you set.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, August 06, 2004 12:45 PM
great job on the mustang
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, August 06, 2004 12:50 PM
A super job, love the tires...
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Posted by rjkplasticmod on Friday, August 06, 2004 1:29 PM
Chris, Leon, Dan, Frank, woodbeck3, gunney, Dave, Thank you all for the comments, much appreciated.

Regards, Rick
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, August 06, 2004 2:21 PM
Great looking Mustang, Rick ! Like the whitewalls. Nice job on the spinner, too.
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Posted by rjkplasticmod on Friday, August 06, 2004 2:26 PM
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
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Posted by fightnjoe on Friday, August 06, 2004 6:02 PM
rick outstanding. very impressive.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, August 06, 2004 6:52 PM
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.
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Posted by rjkplasticmod on Friday, August 06, 2004 7:08 PM
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
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Posted by BlackWolf3945 on Friday, August 06, 2004 7:58 PM
I like it, guy. Looks dang sharp...


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Posted by Keyworth on Friday, August 06, 2004 8:31 PM
Great looking Mustang, Rick! Super sharp bird.
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Posted by rjkplasticmod on Friday, August 06, 2004 9:05 PM
Joe, Steve, Keyworth Thanks guys, real glad you liked it.

Regards, rick
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Posted by Jeeves on Friday, August 06, 2004 10:55 PM
I'll say again as well Rick-- love, love, love that Pony. The mix between NMF and OD is phenomenal...and no easy feat to pull off-- awesome job!
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Posted by Vintage Aircraft on Friday, August 06, 2004 11:05 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by sharkskin

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.
TOM


That two seater P-51B, I saw it at the Oshkosh airshow and I got pics of it, I thought it was a simple trainer, but apparently its not, It is still flying ans in great shape. I can try to scan some pics of her but I cant get it done until sunday becasue opn saturday I have an interview with my local news paper about my model aircraft and what I do.

See ya

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Posted by Vintage Aircraft on Friday, August 06, 2004 11:10 PM
That is the most beutiful mustange model I have ever seen, the most eycatching thing about it is the olive drab uppersurfaces with the bare metal sides and bottom surfaces. And the invasions stripes just pull it all together. And the neat thing about it is the fact that it is a B model, you never see that paint scheme on a B model. Candy for the eyes...candy for the eyes.

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Posted by 9x19mm on Saturday, August 07, 2004 12:29 AM
Very nice build, I really like it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, August 07, 2004 2:23 AM
Awesome, awesome build... I can only echo what the others have already stated. That is one great looking mount. You did a great job on the paint... especially that immaculet spinner... and I can say from experience that's one of the most frustrating and madening masking tasks ever. Well done Rick... very well done.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, August 07, 2004 2:57 AM
she's a beaut, Rick....
a little too clean for me but, a beauty none-the-less.....
love the white side walled tires.....
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Posted by delov on Saturday, August 07, 2004 9:54 AM
Looks great! Thansk for sharing.
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Posted by rjkplasticmod on Saturday, August 07, 2004 10:02 AM
MIke, Vintage Aircraft, 9x19mm, Adam, cirikili, bdelov, Thanks for all the very kind words.

Masking & painting the spinner was one of the hardest tasks on this build.

I build most of my birds "clean", just a matter of personal preference for shelf sitters. In this case, I just didn't have the heart to dirty up those painfully applied Invasion Stripes.

Regards, Rick
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Posted by sanderson_91 on Sunday, August 08, 2004 8:54 PM
Sharkskin - The FSM issue that ran the conversion build article on "The Stars Look Down" was the July 1998 issue. It's a detailed article converting the Tamiya P-51B to a two seat version for General Eisenhower to look over the D-Day beaches. It's not a bad article and would make an excellent build.

Steve

 

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Posted by rjkplasticmod on Monday, August 09, 2004 10:36 AM
July 1998 ? Jeez how time flies. I thought it was a little more recent. Thanks for the reference, I always wanted to do that AC "someday".

Regards, Rick
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, August 09, 2004 12:07 PM
Most grateful, 91. I wonder, Vintage, if that's the real "Stars Look Down"? Almost every group or squadron had a plane known as the "squadron hack," which was anything from a requisitioned O-1 to a Mustang or T-bolt that was too war-weary to fly operational missions. The hacks were used strictly for transportation, beer runs, pilot proficiency, etc, and they were very often modified into two-seaters. Late in the war, I have even seen photos of enemy (in this case a FW-190 painted red) a/c used as hacks. Later, as the jet age came along, squadrons often had T-birds for that role. And one ANG unit I once went to William Tell weapons meet with carried ground crew in their hack, a T-29 (an old Convair about the size and almost the age of a C-47). I returned in this plane, dubbed "Miss Piggie," because I was told it would be an honor, since the plane was going to the D-M boneyard as soon as we got back. It was flown by an old Lt. Col. who was retiring with the plane. I have never been so frightened in an aircraft in my life as when that old flyboy whipped this dinosaur up on one wing and forced it to very reluctantly put on a couple of G's to perform a perfect 360 overhead landing pattern. The plane shook and shimmied and I swear I could hear the rivets popping out. I say, give me a good, armed ejection seat to plop my butt on any day.
And there ends the un-asked-for lesson on squadron hacks.
P.S. That's still one beautiful model at the top of this thread. BTW, does anyone remember when a well-known aviation artist got the colors wrong in a big two-page profile of a 'Stang in the OD over N/M scheme, and a whole generation of modelers replaced the OD with blue, and some still do, as I've seen in hobby shops.

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Posted by obiwan on Monday, August 09, 2004 12:15 PM
Wow ,what a gorgeous build!
Love the spinner ,love the white walls and good photography too.
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Posted by rjkplasticmod on Monday, August 09, 2004 1:08 PM
Thanks obiwan, appreciate your comments.

Shark, The Mustang profile you refer to was, I believe, a P-51B named "Bald Eagle". Many modelers copied the profile as published, which showed the upper Invasion Stripes over-painted in a medium/dark blue. Later researchers determined that it was actually OD. As you say, a whole generation of modelers got it wrong.

Regards, Rick
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