357th Fighter Group Profile
Gentleman Jim P-51D
Captain Jim Browning and Crew Chief
S/Sgt Clark with P-51D Gentleman Jim, 363rd FS, 7 Victories
Jim Browning's P-51D Mustang "Gentleman Jim" Winter 1944/45
Side View Notes:
Rear red band on propeller boss extends onto spinner to leading edge of
blades when in neutral pitch. Determine
width of yellow band by dividing
remainder of spinner evenly.
Glare shield is flat dark olive green and tapers away from upper cowl
seam toward center of aircraft from forward bulkhead to propeller boss.
Jim" rests above exhaust cutout with "Gentleman" the same length
as the cutout.
C. Top Hat & Cane Nose Art.
Note close proximity of cane to "m" in the
D. Victory Board. 7 Nazi flags, 6 in top row.
Upper edge of top row rests
against panel seam. Outer edge of
last column lines up directly beneath
lowest point of windscreen side glass.
E. Clear perspex quarter dome with
oval mirror place inside apex. Not
standard equipment, can be made from scratch using Squadron Brand "Heat
Smash" Canopy Film. I used
sandpaper to even up the shape of the front
corner of an extra Spitfire Mk V "clipped wingtip" from my surplus
a smash mold. Refer to photo of
P-51D on Modeler's Guide front page.
F. Tail Number- black "414"
on fin, yellow "937" on rudder.
G. Radiator ventilation flap is
Reduced invasion stripes come up to lower edge of star & bar
Full width, from aft fuselage bulkhead onto wing root at point of lowest dip
in the wing fillet.
I. Black recognition stripes were
of standard widths on wings & stabilizers
for mid-1944 ETO Mustangs.
& Lower View Notes:
I. Repeat of item "l"
from Side View Notes.
J. Width of checkers reduced on
underside in order to fit evenly on the
narrow surfaces of the chin scoop area.
K. Repeat of item "B"
from Side View Notes.
M, N. Red, Green, Yellow navigation
lights- circular and flush with wing
O. Formation Lights- Red (Port) and
Overall Modeling Tips:
*Paint on the flat colors first (recognition stripes, red rudder, glare
shield) first- then mask off those features and paint the remainder of the
aircraft in natural aluminum color. Most
metal colors will be marred or
removed by masking materials and should therefore be applied last.
*There were no antenna wires installed on this aircraft.
*After building several 357th A/C over the past 30 years, I recommend
painting the nose area forward of the exhaust cutout yellow when the flat
features are painted. Then when
decal time comes, carefully cut away the
yellow squares from the checkerboard decal and apply the remaining strip of
red checkers to the nose. This method significantly reduces the potential for
bubbles, and wrinkles plus it makes exact alignment of the decal easier.
*Prior to assembly, wash clear plastic parts with a mild glass cleaner and
gently wipe dry. Then use a Q-Tip
to evenly spread clear liquid floor wax
(Future Brand seems to get the best results) on both inside & outside.
Protect from dust and let dry for at least 2 hours.
The wax fills in
microscopic flaws and creates an even gloss that is clearer & shines
brighter than the original plastic underneath.
Decal Sheet 48-692