1/33 North American P51B Mustang 2 Seat Trainer Eisenhower Hack Paper Model

1/33 North American P51B Mustang 2 Seat Trainer Eisenhower Hack Paper Model

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The North American "razorback" P-51B Mustang appeared in 1943.
The B model Mustang differed greatly from the A model with
increased load capacity and more power from the new Rolls Royce Merlin engines.
The P51B Mustang also received a number of Cooling System upgrades.

The P51B-5 (-5 Block) was modified further with the addition of alternate Air Intake doors
just behind the Engine Exhausts (for cold weather operations),
and the final run of B models (the-10 block) getting Engine upgrades with a 50 Horsepower boost.

43-6877 was one of almost 2000 Mustangs produced at the Inglewood California plant in 1943
and was one of the first aircraft shipped to the 354th Fighter group.
Aptly named the "Pioneer Mustang Group", the 354th was the first operational unit to receive the new B model Mustangs.

Coded GQ-Z, and named "Short Snorter", 43-6877 was originally flown by Lt John D Carpenter of the 354th.

Due to a ground looping incident on May 27, 1944  at RAF Lashenden, Kent, England, the aircraft was damaged
and grounded, and subsequently rebuilt...and converted...to a two seater reconnaissance aircraft.
A cramped seat was added, behind the Pilot`s seat, in place of the fuselage Fuel tank,
and the aircraft was used by the 354th for training purposes and to give aerial tours.

On July 4th, 1944, Commander-in-Chief of the Allied invasion forces, General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived at the 354th
accompanied by General Elwood R. Quesada. They planned to fly a personal reconnaissance in the twin-seated Mustang.
Supported by three other Mustang Fighter aircraft, 43-6877 secretly flew a survey mission with the Commander-In-Chief onboard,
of the St. Lo (France) area subsequent to the D-Day invasion.

This was the first time in history that a ground General had personally reconnoitered the terrain of a planned battle operation
from a fighter aircraft in the presence of the enemy. Eisenhower's observations contributed to planning for General Patton's
offensive advances later the same month.

A short time after the historic July flight, 43-6877 was freshly painted and newly named "The Stars Look Down".
Sporting new "nose art" the Mustang also appears to have acquired a checker nose band.
Modifications were made to the second seat compartment, including the replacement of the restrictive access canopy.
The Mustang now sported a larger windowed Perspex cover offering better visiblity for the passenger.
The aircraft identification code was also modified, replacing the Z suffix with a stylized Pi (mathematical) symbol.

Sometime later the camouflage paint was removed,  the aircraft identifier changed to "GR-B"
and the airplane handed over  to George Bickel, the CO of the 354th Fighter Group, for personal use.
When it was finally scrapped in Germany in early 1946, it was probably one of the longest serving "B" Mustangs.

Paper Model Details:
over 160 parts including detailed construction diagrams, fuselage/wing formers, graphic wheel well inserts, fully detailed landing gear,
complete detailed cockpit, printed canopy, detailed graphic textures, realistic weathering and surface features.

Degree of Difficulty: 3/5.

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Text by Dave Winfield

Text copyright 2013, Dave Winfield & Ecardmodels.com Staff

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