George Preddy's P-51D 'Cripes A'Mighty 3rd'

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  1. B-17engineer

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    #1 B-17engineer, Feb 2, 2010
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    Name: Harrison
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    Scale: 1/48
    Category: 3
    Manufacturer: ARII
    Extras: Eagle Cal decal sheet and scratch built seat belt, AND PARTS FROM REVELL'S kit... GEAR DOORS, DROP TANKS, AND GEAR

    So here is my first out of two entries.... Cripes A'Mighty 3rd flow by George Preddy.

    Here is some info from P-51D Mustang - Preddy

    Preddy's second P-51 serial no. 44-13321 was one of the first bubbletop Ds delivered to the 352nd FG and carried the name "CRIPES A'MIGHTY 3rd". 44-13321 is one of the most recognisable P-51s of the war as it was photographed at several publicity photo sessions of Preddy with his groundcrew staged after his famous six 109 kills in one day on 6th August 1944.

    Colour paintings and black white photos of 44-13321 suggest the colour of the nose to be a light shade of medium blue, (much lighter than the standard dark blue worn by most of the "Blue-Nose" Mustangs of the 352nd FG in late 1944/early 1945). The light shade of medium blue appears to have been applied to several other well-known P-51s of the 352nd FG, eg. Heller's camouflaged B appropriately named "HELL-ER-BUST (REF. D decal option 3).

    Wing and fuselage wrap-around invasion stripes (three white and two black) were typical of the recognition stripes carried by most Allied aircraft operating over Europe during and after the D-Day landings. According to Three Guys Replica, the upper surface stripes and black horizontal tail stripe were removed shortly before 18 July 1944 (REF. H decal option B details the altered markings).

    The "CRIPES A'MIGHTY 3rd" name-art on the port nose was rendered in a rather unusual two tone method. On the blue part of the nose the name is in white block letters shadowed in black (or red). As the name spills over onto the unpainted natural-metal it is reversed, ie. black block letters shadowed in white (could also have had red outline).

    The style of kill markings applied were white Balkan crosses, these were strung along the port engine cowling on top of the blue background colour of the nose. The final appearance of "CRIPES A'MIGHTY 3rd" on 7 August 1944 displayed 31 kills (21 crosses on top and 10 crosses below). Other documented scores appearing on "CRIPES A'MIGHTY 3rd" were on 19 July 1944 - 21 kills, 24 July 1944 - 23 kills, and 4 August - 24 kills (21 crosses on top and 3 crosses below) (REF. A pg 191).

    Some sources claim several USAAF aces chose to carry only four of the six machine guns in their P-51Ds, electing to remove the two inner wing mounted guns. The photo of 44-13321 on page 75 of Osprey's "Mustang Aces Of the Eighth Air Force" (REF. B) clearly shows the port inner port wing machine gun to be empty, however this could have been part of routine maintenance procedures.

    A total of 18.5 aerial and 9 ground victories were tallied in 44-13321, including 4 by Col. John Meyer on 10 September 1944. More aerial victories were scored by pilots flying this aircraft than in any other Mustang serving in WWII.


    The Kit and Decal sheet.....
     

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    Nice pick Harrison. Only 2 this time?
     
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    As usual I look forward to your work Harrison.
     
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    Nice choice.
     
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    :lol: Stooooooooooooop

    And thanks guys......still trying to figure out the MG thing. 4 or 6?
     
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    Nice one H. It's six guns, other pics show the inboard guns in place. NOTE, if you're doing 'Amighty 3rd', you'll need to remove the fin fillet from the Revell kit. It's fairly simple to do, and can be plated over inside with plastic card, then filled and sanded to shape. Here's a close up of the fin and rudder, with Preddy and his armourer.
     

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    Great intro Harrison, this is going to be one interesting build. 8)

    Cheers

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    Good one Harrison, the Eagle Cals decals and booklet are a fantastic reference for Preddy's birds....

    here is his last Cripes A' Mighty....
     

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    Sweet Wayne. I think I understand the fin fillet. Had to research it for a little but I understand it now!

    And Thanks guys.

    All the normal interior green for the cockpit? Since I REALLY want to make this as accurate as possible.
     
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    Good Choice Harrison. :)
     
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    Thanks Dwight!
     
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    Skimmed through, good article and I believe it is INterior Green!
     
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    What are you doing HOME????? my boy is at school right now :lol::lol:
     
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    We got snow dumped on us so there is a two hour delay.

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    Nice Pick H man. I cannot wait to see your build.

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    Yep H, by that period, the cockpit was Interior Green. The seat would be either Olive Drab or Medium Green, with the seat harness a silver grey coloured rayon material, with dull metal buckles and fasteners. the head armour was a very dark grey (actually black, but better as 'almost' black in this scale), with a dark red/brown head rest. The floor was originally clear laqured plywood, which might have been overpainted in IG, but would be scuffed, showing the wood, and could have black anti-skid strips in line with the rudder pedals, these latter also in IG.
    The cowl over the instrument panel was eventually a continuation of the OD anti-glare panel, but, on this aircraft, would have been dark green. The instrument panel was semi-matt black, with the 'basic six' flight instruments outlined with a thin yellow line of tape.
    At this period the K14 gunsight had just entered full production and was coming into service, and it appears from photographs of the aircraft that a K14 was fitted.
    The area immediately behind the cockpit bulkhead was in Green Zinc Chromate, which is more or less the same colour as the IG, but with a different finish, so IG will suffice, as not much can be seen. The fuselage fuel tank was either Dark Olive Green, or very dark grey (black) with the rack fro the radio equipment in natural aluminium, whilst thr radios/ batteries were black. The inner frame of the canopy and the windscreen would either be Dark Green, or, more commonly, black.
    The wheel wells were clear laqured aluminium, with the rear wall, the main spar, in Green Zinc Chromate, and the insides of the wheel doors and main doors were also clear laqured ally.
     
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    Nice choice - I love the name of the plane.
     
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    #20 B-17engineer, Feb 3, 2010
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    Washed the parts today..... and wrapped the clear parts in tissue.

    And thanks T :D Will keep it all in mind and try to do my best.
     
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