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Jackie Corchran's Racer
P-51C "Beguine"

available in 1/72 & 1/48 scales

Red Pegasus Decals


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Catalogue Number and Description:

RPD48005 - Jackie Corchran's Racer P-51C "Beguine"

Scale and Price: 1/72 scale   $8
1/48 scale    $13
available online from Red Pegasus Decals
Contents and Media: Each set contains one decal sheet and instructions
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting and different appearance for your Mustang kit; simple paint job; good instructions; silk-screen production
Disadvantages: Modifications and additions required to basic kit
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

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Red Pegasus Decals is based in the U.S. city of Columbus, Ohio and specialises in producing decals for air racing aircraft in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale.

Red Pegasus Decals RPD48005 supplies markings for Jackie Cochran's racing aircraft "Beguine", a North American P-51C. The decals are also available in 1/72 scale as RPD72005.

This one is not for the faint of heart as it requires extensive modification to the donor kit. If you are modelling in 1/48 scale, you will need to add the dorsal fin if you are using any other kit than the (out of production) P-51C kit as well as removing the radiator intake and housing from under the fuselage. The wings need to be clipped by a half an inch too and the propeller modified. Once these alterations have been made, you will need to scratch build the wing (radiator) pods too. A visit to the Red Pegasus Decals website at: http://www.redpegasusdecals.com/ reveals that they did produce 1/48 scale wing pods at one stage but they are listed as no longer available. There are other modifications required but these depend on at what point in history you are modelling the machine.

Unlike the kit modifications, the paint job is a simple overall "dark emerald green". Given this finish, the bright yellow markings and polished metal spinner and propeller, you will certainly have a distinctive model!

The decals themselves are silk screen printed. They are thin and have a moderate amount of carrier film around each subject.


The decals are accompanied by an A-4 sized sheet that shows two photographs of the one-to-one-scale Beguine, one in black and white and the other in colour. Curiously, the colour one gives the illusion that the machine was painted in dark blue with gold markings which was not the case. The placement guide also advises on minor detail differences to markings and paint finish during different periods of the machine's life.

The placement guide and the decal sheet come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.

A little more modelling effort will be required if you opt for this machine but the results will be worth the effort.



Thanks to Red Pegasus Decals for the review sample

Red Pegasus Decals are available online from their website

Review Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 04 October, 2005
Last updated 03 October, 2005

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