Issue Number One of the “Rare & Unusual Paint Schemes
P-51C “Evalina as flown by 1st Lt. Oliver “Bud” Strawbridge.
The P-51C-11-NT “Evalina”, marked as “278” (former USAF Serial : 44-10816) and flown by 26th FS, 51st FG, was hit by gunfire on 16 January 1945 and belly landed on Suchin Airfield in China, which was held by the Japanese. The Japanese repaired the aircraft, roughly applying Hinomaru roundels and flew the aircraft to the Fussa evaluation centre (now Yokota Air Base) in Japan.
Originally based on Marek’s 1/50 scale P-51 B and C model, this design has been upscaled to 1/33 and completely repainted with this historic livery.
Kit contains BASIC assembly diagrams and 5 pages of parts.
The kit also features other upgrades like photorealistic elements and simulated landing gear wells.
Also included is an optional “Upgrade Kit” with parts to modify the model.
Items like a full Cockpit, new Wing root fairings, and other upgraded parts, are included.
Degree of Difficulty: 3/5.
This model was previously published at ecardmodels.