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    **** DONE: P-51B Mustang "Shangri-La" Cpt D.Gentile 336th FS - A/c of the Aces GB

    Username: Tigerdriver
    First name: Dave
    Category: Beginner
    Scale: 1/48
    Manufacturer: Tamiya
    Model Type: NA P-51B Mustang
    Aftermarket addons: None planned
    Decals: OOB


    OK my first kit since the winter as I have been away looking after my Dad . And my first group build. So be kind and stand ready to help!!

    This is an utterly un original choice, straight from the box. I am sure both the pilot and craft will be very familiar to almost all of you so I wont bore you all with too much history. C. Gentile was certainly a character, sent home at the end of his tour following a crash whilst buzzing his own base !

    As i live in Norfolk ( thats the real one in the uk as opposed to Virgina ) I am totally surrounded by former WWII airbases. The local airport was a Liberator base, as was Hethel, home of my first love, Lotus sports cars. The 336th FS was based about 40 miles away at RAF Debden. The 357th Yoxford Boys and 352nd " Blue Nosers of Bodney" were within a few miles .

    The kit looks to be the usual Tamiya smooth job. I know the cockpit floor is incorrect, representing the earlier curved floor not the proper flat one, and I will try and get the undercarriage at the correct angle.

    Other than that nothing flash attempted, I will just be pleased to do this lovely kit justice

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    I've just pulled your pic up and had a close look at it Dave and in my opinion mate your definitely on the right track. it's looking good.




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    Please don't feel inadequate...you AND we are here to have fun, help each other...maybe learn a thing or two along the way!

    Enjoy!




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    nice start Dave



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    Lookin' good.....

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    With all, and well said Wayne. I picked up the same kit back in June at a swap and am looking forward to seeing how it goes together.





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    Looking good so far. I should have those pics posted later tonight.





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    Here you go. Note the difference in the spinner colours, depending on dates. The last shot is Gentille's aircraft after he hit the field at Debden during his low pass on the 'Press' day. The rumour is, it was Bull-dozed into a farmer's pond on the edge of the airfield, and is possibly still there !
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails -jan-085.jpg   -jan-086.jpg  

    -jan-087.jpg   -jan-090.jpg  

    -jan-088.jpg  





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    Now that last shot would be The diorama!

    Inadequate? We all started out Inadequate. We learn more by our failures than by our "by accident" successes! I have learned more on this forum in the last couple of years than I could ever imagine. You've got a great start going there. I love the A & B models, you've made a great choice mate!
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    Didn't know the wheel was red.

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    Me either, you would never pick that in a B/w shot...




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    These Tamy 51's go together real well so you pick a nice starter.Looking good thus far.


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    Wow thanks for the pics Terry

    Never would have guessed the wheels were red either

    And the ole kite sure looks pretty well "enjoyed" always a bit worried about over weathering but theres a lot of scuff and scratches on that kite
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    A good start Dave!


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    Note that only the outer, 'spoked' face of each wheel was painted red. The inner faces were the usual steel colour. I remember building and painting the old Monogram kit as Gentille's, back in the early 1980s, and being pulled up at an IPMS meeting about the red wheels, which I'd deduced from B&W pics before seeing the colour pics. I was rather pleased to be proved right when I found the first colour pic a few months later !





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