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  • From: Canada
Broken Shangri La Mustang
Posted by Tcoat on Friday, December 9, 2022 11:37 PM

Don Gentile was a leading Ace in WW2.

On April 13, 1944 he was stunting for the press over an airfield in Briton when he crashed and totally destroyed his P-51 Mustang.

This is my journey to model that aircraft. So buckle up and join the ride.

Before:

 

 

After:

A quick seardch told me a detailed Merlin engine was going to cost me more than I wanted to pay for the project so I was very happy when I found This:

This allowed me to plan things out

Not surprisingly a kit with the appropriate markings was available.

  

 

So time to dig into the plastic

So everything that needed to be mangled or missing is cut off. Pretty much doubled the parts count of the kit!

Then put it back together. Sort of.

Since the aircraft was only in service a few weeks before he crashed it the cockpit was done up loking new(ish)

All closed up and interior painted. Brace in place to throw tarp over. Torn skin not on until ready for exterior paint.

 

Since the cowel will be off I need someplace to put the nose art. Sooooo

 

Base coat on. Bubble canopy is for masking purposes only

 

Torn and buckled aluminum is made from ... well ... torn and buckled aluminum. It is the heavy aluminum tape used for duct wok. Base coat is covered with tinted Future (Pledge) to start weathering and give a good foundation for decals.

Decals on and more weathering added. 

 

Standing on her legs.

 

All tarpped up and prop in place.

 

And with canopy. Most of a canopy. Half of a canopy?

Tail.

 

And salvage pile of removed parts on a dirty tarp.

 

And done! Or so I thought.

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  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Friday, December 9, 2022 11:53 PM

LOL I ran out of space in my long post!

So here I was all proud of myself when I stumbled across a picture I had not seen in all my research.

 

There in all their glory are the oxygen bottles. I thought they were further forward so had not included them. That would never do so

 

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Saturday, December 10, 2022 8:02 AM

Great job!reminds me of the old Revell 1/32 offering!Did the pilot survive?

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  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Saturday, December 10, 2022 8:47 AM

Eugene Rowe

Great job!reminds me of the old Revell 1/32 offering!Did the pilot survive?

 

 

Walked away with some bruises. 

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:29 AM

That's good ,I wonder if he got into trouble for Hot Dogging the Mustang resulting in the destruction of the aircraft ?

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, December 10, 2022 1:47 PM

Eugene Rowe
I wonder if he got into trouble for Hot Dogging the Mustang resulting in the destruction of the aircraft ?

The unit CO, Don Blakeslee, immediately grounded Gentile as a result, and he was sent back to the US for a tour selling war bonds.

Gentile stayed in the AF after the war, eventually serving as a test pilot at Wright Field. He was sadly killed in a T-33A crash in 1951.

Greg

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 10, 2022 1:51 PM

Eugene Rowe

That's good ,I wonder if he got into trouble for Hot Dogging the Mustang resulting in the destruction of the aircraft ?

 

IIRC, he got a chewing out over this but nothing worse. He was one of the top US aces in the ETO at the time, so he was allotted a little leeway compared to some unknown butter bar no kills new guy. PR heroes get some breaks.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, December 10, 2022 2:05 PM

Fantastic job!  I have this plane in the stash.  I really like the finished product.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, December 10, 2022 2:31 PM

What a creative and well executed build.  I especially like how the fuselage halves are torn.  Bravo!

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Posted by Tcoat on Saturday, December 10, 2022 4:27 PM

wpwar11

What a creative and well executed build.  I especially like how the fuselage halves are torn.  Bravo!

 

 Thanks. The funny part was that I originally had the straight tears along the panel line like the real photos show but it didn't look "realistic" enough on the model so I made them more jagged.

 

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  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Saturday, December 10, 2022 4:54 PM

gregbale

 

 
Eugene Rowe
I wonder if he got into trouble for Hot Dogging the Mustang resulting in the destruction of the aircraft ?

 

The unit CO, Don Blakeslee, immediately grounded Gentile as a result, and he was sent back to the US for a tour selling war bonds.

Gentile stayed in the AF after the war, eventually serving as a test pilot at Wright Field. He was sadly killed in a T-33A crash in 1951.

 

It was supposed to be his last combat mission anyway. That was why all the press were there when he crashed. The "grounding" and return home were sort of redundent.

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Posted by lurch on Saturday, December 10, 2022 8:22 PM

Great job. The torn metal looks perfect.

fox
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Posted by fox on Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:02 PM

W O W! Great work! Bow Down Toast

Stay Safe.

Jim Captain 

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Posted by Planegeek on Sunday, December 11, 2022 6:26 PM

Nice job! And I would never have thought of that. 

I remember when I got my first Monogram B-17 in the 1970s, and the diorama insert suggested a wrecked B-17 torn in two. I was horrified as a kid that someone would do that to such a nice model haha!

 

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  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Sunday, December 11, 2022 6:47 PM

[quote user="Planegeek"]

Nice job! And I would never have thought of that. 

I remember when I got my first Monogram B-17 in the 1970s, and the diorama insert suggested a wrecked B-17 torn in two. I was horrified as a kid that someone would do that to such a nice model haha!

 

 /quote]
 
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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, December 11, 2022 7:45 PM

Excellent work!  Thanks for sharing. Blakeslee's famous words...."he who prangs his kite goes home".  

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, December 12, 2022 9:42 AM

Great work. I would love to see more of this and I need to do more of this myself. Again, excellent work.

BK

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  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Monday, January 30, 2023 11:56 AM

Quick poll before a spend the exuberant amount of money on a 1/48 deuce and a half. 

Would the addition of a recovery truck in the background enhance or distract in a diorama?

I am gathering materials for a base but haven't decided how large or small to go yet.

 

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, January 30, 2023 12:12 PM

Outstanding build! I remember reading about Gentile cracking up "Shangri-La" after completing is last mission.  A book I have on Mustangs has a shot of him buzzing the field just before he crashed. I built my Revell P-51B in his markings, too

Tcoat

Quick poll before a spend the exuberant amount of money on a 1/48 deuce and a half. 

Would the addition of a recovery truck in the background enhance or distract in a diorama?... 

Personally, I would leave it out and keep the focus tight on the wreck.  I would add a couple of figures, though, to add a little more interest to the scene.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by Tcoat on Monday, January 30, 2023 12:29 PM

the Baron

Outstanding build! I remember reading about Gentile cracking up "Shangri-La" after completing is last mission.  A book I have on Mustangs has a shot of him buzzing the field just before he crashed. I built my Revell P-51B in his markings, too

 

 
Tcoat

Quick poll before a spend the exuberant amount of money on a 1/48 deuce and a half. 

Would the addition of a recovery truck in the background enhance or distract in a diorama?... 

 

 

Personally, I would leave it out and keep the focus tight on the wreck.  I would add a couple of figures, though, to add a little more interest to the scene.

 

Yes there will be a figure on a ladder working with the tarp. It adds life and gives an idea of size.

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Posted by sharkbait on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 2:33 PM

As a joke you should sneak in an American Star after all the German crosses on the victory markings... "One P-51 confirmed !"

A very nice job and obviously a lot of thought, hard work and skill went into it. Great idea.

 

You have never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3!

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 9:28 AM

Tcoat

...Yes there will be a figure on a ladder working with the tarp. It adds life and gives an idea of size. 

Exactly!  I look forward to seeing your progress on your diorama!

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by Tcoat on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:15 AM

sharkbait

As a joke you should sneak in an American Star after all the German crosses on the victory markings... "One P-51 confirmed !"

A very nice job and obviously a lot of thought, hard work and skill went into it. Great idea.

 LOL I like it!

On an interesting related note. 

https://www.avweb.com/aviation-news/wwii-ground-crewmans-son-unearths-a-valuable-historic-artifact/

 

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Posted by Tcoat on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:21 AM

the Baron

 

 
Tcoat

...Yes there will be a figure on a ladder working with the tarp. It adds life and gives an idea of size. 

 

 

Exactly!  I look forward to seeing your progress on your diorama!

 

 

OH OH OH

Based on an excerpt from the article I posted above I know EXACTLY what the figure will be up to!

"It seems likely that the crew assigned to dismantling and disposing of the Mustang must have cut out parts of the fuselage and took them home as souvenirs." 

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Posted by Tcoat on Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:54 PM

This model sat on the shelf with no base for a year because I could not decide what to do with it. Was just a constant "Do I just do grass? A write up? Diorama it with a figure? Nothing at all?". Then on Saturday I decided I had to do something with it for the show on Sunday. Figured something that explain it without text or being to elaborate was the way to go. Threw together some pictures, laminated them a put a simple border around it. I really like the result. 

Now opinions please. This model and base will be going to England to be displayed at a museum located at an old WW2 airbase. It will be alongside a model of the intact aircraft. Do you guys think it looks fine the way it is and I should leave it alone or should I add some groundwork and static grass to the area behind the pictures? I am torn and need your help!

 

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Posted by Teenage Modeler on Thursday, March 30, 2023 6:59 PM

Guess I'm late to the party...

 

Well done though, you nailed how he really broke that P51, almost like you just ripped of the tail section like a giant ripping a P51. The props are a nice detail. It helps to really sell the story of how he mangled his P51 together. You've definitely researched the plane well, seeing from how you accurately placed those details inside.

Made you Look

 

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, March 31, 2023 12:08 PM

I can see making a natural base, but your current presentation is fine, too.  I think either will showcase the model well.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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