PLAAF P-51D Mustang
North American P-51D Mustang
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1/48 scale P-51D Mustang is available online from Squadron
These are the photos of my
father's most recent project, a Tamiya 1/48 scale P-51D Mustang in
Communist Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) markings.
This model is depicted as it
appeared around 1950, somewhere in mainland China. This Mustang was one of
at least twenty that were originally Nationalist Chinese aircraft. When
the Nationalists evacuated to Formosa (Taiwan) these planes were captured
on their airfields by the Communists.
To disguise their beaten up
and dirty appearance (since they had just fought a civil war, after all!)
they were oversprayed with aluminum paint, the blue rudder stripes were
repainted in red, and PLAAF insignia were applied in six positions. It is
still unknown if any of these Chinese Mustangs were used in the Korean War
or if they were only used for propaganda purposes.
This is the excellent Tamiya
1/48 scale P-51D Mustang kit.
George added True Details
"weighted" wheels, a True Details Mustang cockpit set, and a
Squadron/Falcon vacuform canopy.
The Chinese radio aerial on
the rear fuselage and the cover over the original radio wire hole in the
canopy were made from scrap plastic.
Dents were added to the
wings and fuselage using a grinding tool, and the engine grills were
Decals were scrounged from
an AA Models (China) kit decal sheet. Model railroading weathering dust
was used to create the dirt and dust inside the cockpit area.
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2003 by George Schmidt
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17 March, 2004
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