of the 361st FG
S u m m a r y
||AMD 48-692 Yellow Nose
Mustangs of the 361st FG Pt. IV
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||Waterslide decals plus
instructions and notes
USD$8.47 from Squadron.com
||Bright and varied markings; perfect register; thin; minimal carrier film; plenty of stencil data; good instructions and background
by Rodger Kelly
Aeromaster's 1/48 scale
Yellow Nosed Mustangs are available online from Squadron.com
Just when you thought it was all
over and AeroMaster could not possibly find any more markings for
yellow-nosed Mustangs of the 361st Fighter Group - the 'Yellow
Jackets' -they have gone and found enough for two more sheets!
provides markings for four machines, three P-51Ds and a P-51B. The
individual aircraft and their markings are as follows:
44-13704, an early P-51D (minus the fin fillet), flown by Lieutenant
Colonel W (Wallace) C. Hopkins of the 374th Fighter
squadron. The machine is in overall natural metal/silver lacquer
finish with 361st's yellow nose and spinner group marking.
D-Day markings are applied to the lower fuselage and the undersides of
the wings. The upper surface D-Day markings on the fuselage and wings
have been over painted in olive drab. The supplied markings comprise:
Black B7 squadron
code and H individual aircraft code. (the underscoring to the
H indicated that it was the second machine in the squadron wearing
the letter H)
aircraft serial for the fin and rudder (supplied as one-piece
A data block with
the correct serial number (as are all of them on the sheet)
'Ferocious Frankie', in black.
consisting of five Nazi flags for the left hand side of the canopy
rail. This marking is provided both as a one-piece and a separate
two part decal to counter any register problem.
'Sweet Thing II'
44-13626, another early P-51D minus the fin fillet
(pilot unknown) of the 374th' Fighter Squadron in the summer
of 1944. The machine is in natural metal/silver lacquer finish with the
361st's yellow nose, gun panels and spinner group markings
and black theatre bands on the under surfaces of the horizontal
stabilisers. D-Day markings are painted on the lower fuselage and the
bottoms of the wings. As with the previous machine, the D-Day markings
on the upper surfaces of the fuselage and wings have been over painted
in olive drab. The use of olive drab paint to the upper surface of the
fuselage is extensive and it includes the horizontal stabilizers too.
The supplied markings consist:
Black squadron B7
codes and individual aircraft code letter M.
serial for the fin and rudder.
The name 'Sweet
Thing II' in black. The name is on a yellow background that you
will have to paint yourself.
A data block.
P-51-D 44-13926 flown by
Lieutenant Urban Drew of the 357th
Fighter Squadron in July of 1944. The machine is in
overall natural metal/silver lacquer finish with D-Day markings on the
lower fuselage and bottoms of the wings. Black theatre bands were worn
on the under surfaces of the horizontal stabilisers. The entire upper
surfaces of the wings, fuselage and canopy frame were in olive drab.
Yellow group markings were worn on the nose, spinner and gun panels.
The supplied markings comprise:
The final option is 'Bald
Eagle' P-51B 42-106839 flown by Lieutenant Robert Eckfeldt of
the 374th' Fighter Squadron in the fall of 1944. The machine
is in natural metal/silver lacquer finish with the 361st's
yellow nose and spinner group markings as well as yellow an blue striped
wing tips, rudder trim tab and the lower part of the upper engine
cowling. The machine also sports black theatre bands around the
horizontal stabilisers and D-Day markings on the lower fuselage and the
bottoms of the wings. As with the other machines the D-Day markings on
the upper surfaces of the fuselage and wings have been over painted in
olive drab. The supplied markings comprise:
Black squadron B7
codes and individual aircraft code letter E. As with the previous
option, the appropriate codes incorporate a silver edge to their
serial for the fin and rudder.
The name 'Bald
Eagle' in both black and red and black. There is doubt whether
this marking was in red or black so AeroMaster has hedged their bets
and provided both.
A data block.
Pilot, Crew chief
and ground crew names in black on a silver background.
A score board
comprising eight Nazi flags. Again, provided both as a one-piece
and a separate two part decal to counter any register problem.
The sheet incorporates national
insignia for each option and incorporates a silver surround for the
fuselage and the set for Urban Drew's E2-S and two very complete
sets of stencil data. Two complete sets of black theatre bands are also
supplied for the horizontal stabilizers even though you will not need
all of them.
The placement guide is A-4 in
size and shows left-hand side profiles of each option. The tops and
bottoms of the wings are also shown as is a complete guide to stencil
data placement which includes the propeller.
The decals themselves have been
"printed in Mexico". Everything is in perfect register and sharply
printed. The decals and placement sheet come packed in a clear plastic
The recommended kits are the
Tamiya P-51D and P-51B. Be aware that you need to modify the P-51D kit
to model the first two options on this sheet. Not an onerous task but
if you are afraid of goofing it, the guys at Ultracast provide a resin
replacement tail to complete the conversion.
Another nice sheet from
AeroMaster. It provides interesting markings and is value for money as
it gives complete markings for three machines (four if you find yourself
another set of national insignia) as well as stencil data.
If you want to know more
about the 361st Fighter Group, its men and its machines, head
over to Little Friends at http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/361stfg.jsp
It has some great reference shots as well as the histories of some of
the aircraft featured in AeroMaster's trilogy of sheets covering the 361st
Thanks to AeroMaster
/ Eagle Strike Products for the review sets
On-line sales are
available from the
AeroMaster Products /
Eagle Strike Productions web site.
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