1/32 Tamiya P-51D Mustang "LOU IV"

By Tolga Ulgur

Here is my 1/32 Tamiya P-51D-5 NA Mustang finished with the markings of LOU IV from 361st Fighter Group, 375th Squadron, 8th Air Force. This plane was flown by Lt. Col. Thomas Christian during summer of 1944 in England- Bottisham Airfield (located 5 miles east of Cambridge).

No need to talk about the model. Everybody knows what it is. I can describe it as “fantastic”. I started to built with cockpit components as usual. Cockpit painted to interior green and finished OOB. I decided to add some modification on the wheel wells. Some lead wire from “Plus Model” used in this area to upgrade details.

Tires replaced by Barracuda Studio P-51 Mustang diamond tread tires.

Painting was done with Gunze Sangyo acrylics and Alclad metalizers.

The camouflage color of LOU IV was a mystery for years. But due to general consensus LOU IV was a natural metal aircraft with upper surfaces field painted dark green. Upper surfaces invasion stripes painted to Olive drab which is a lighter tone than Dark green.

Decals are from EagleCals #EC140.

Happy modelling.

© Tolga Ulgur 2013

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This article was published on Tuesday, September 03 2013; Last modified on Wednesday, February 24 2016