aircraft was parked with the flaps down as they would have been down anyway from the landing. SOme pictures I have of 361stFG P-51s'parked the flaps are down with the gear doors in various stages from completely closed to partially open to full open.
The picture Lynn posted is an excellant color shot showing the color of the wing spar and the opening for the gear leg.
if this aircraft is depicted on any 1/48 scale decal sheet? I just got the Jaguar detail set for the Tamiya P-51B but I hadn't decided upon any particular Mustang. Until maybe now. Thanks for posting this. There's a lot of information on the shade of olive drab and the yellow chromate wheel wells.
The 1/72 Mono. 'B that I had carried the name "Ole II" but there might have been other issues. Both schemes were the basic OD/Neutral Gray with white ID stripes.
I was reasonably satisfied with the job I'd done on the 1/72; never built the 1/48 and still have it. This string prompted me to have a look at it: the decals seem to have survived and I may yet use them.
You know Jim Howard resided nearby in Belair Beach near Clearwater. I saw him once at an airshow in kissimee but didn't have the nerve to go up to him for an autograph much to my regret now that he has passed on. However, back in the early 80s he was scheduled to speak at a local model club meeting. I had to work that night but I loaned the club my 1/72 "Ding Hao" and learned afterward that he held it in his hands and had good things to say about it.
Last Friday night...didn't get real tore up, but I wasn't trying hard, either. It's been about three weeks since I've had a right pisser- I found a couple of places here in Norfolk with weißbier on tap, so I'm a happy camper (still miss Mr. Dunderbak's in DB and the Hacker-Pschorr on tap, though).
Plus, I'm stuck here at work for 12 hrs waiting for the phone to ring...may as well help out my fellow modelers, right?
What an inspiration! Thanks Lynn for sharing this pic! I too have a P-51B in my stash with Ding Hao! all over it (at least in my mind). I noticed it's from Popular Science 1944 - are there any more shots from the story(not to be too greedy)? Also, is that exhaust standard? It appears winterized or such but I'm no Mustang expert.
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