of June 2019 I enjoyed a flight with the P-51D "Louisiana Kid" ( http://www.louisiana-kid.com/english.html
) from Albstadt/Degerfeld, a nice airfield in south/west Germany. The flight
took about 20 min and I really enjoyed the 1600 hp of the Merlin engine. Wilhelm
Heinz (pilot and owner) made some soft (positive g) aerobatic maneuvers, here is
a short video of my flight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46HThvBH0SA
Of cause there had to be a model of the Louisiana Kid in my collection, so I bought the kit of the P-51D in 1/48 from HobbyBoss. A nice kit, basically for beginners, designed as a snap kit but with very lovely detailling on the surfaces.
I painted the model with brush (Enamels from Humbrol and Revell). Attaching the decals worked fine. They look like painted on, the carrier film is very thin and they are good to handle. You have to cut them off one by another, this demands a bit patience.
I sealed the P-51 with silk varnish from Tamiya.
Further I had the idea to give a Ford Mustang the same painting as the P-51 has. After I found out that the car got its name from the plane, not from the horse, I thought it´s a good idea to place it beside the airplane. I bought the 1964-version from Maisto in the
ebay-shop " alles-meine.de GmbH". The trader offers individual printed numberplates on stickers. They look fine so I ordered them. The plates to fit the stickers I had to make out of thin plastic sheets, because German numberplates are wider. It´s more a toy than a model; it has a pullback motor and the detailling level is not very high. So I had to make all the details by my own (antenna, driving mirrors and wipers). Further there were no side windows. I made them out of transparent packaging material.
Photos and text © by Thomas Brückelt