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Mustang 19 by kanyiko Mustang 19 by kanyiko
Finally finished my seventh build of 2012: a 1/72 scale Airfix P-51D Mustang, in the colours of the IsraŽli Air Force during the Suez-Campaign.

This Mustang is marked as "No.19" of 105 Sqdn, IAF, as it appeared during the first day of "Operation Kadesh" (October 29 1956), when it was used to cut telephone wires to distrupt Egyptian Army communications. The individual aircraft's role in the conflict was very short-lived, as "No.19" was lost near Sharm-El-Sheik on October 31st, when its pilot, Captain Elad Paz, was forced to belly-land it in the desert after being hit by Egyptian Anti-Aircraft Artillery. Captain Paz managed to evade capture by the Egyptian troops, crossing the Sinai desert by foot untill he reached Israeli lines some 32 hours after his crash.

I decided on giving it a very tired look, as IsraŽl's Mustangs were very much worn-out fighters by the time of the Suez Conflict: originally delivered to the USAAF during World War II, they had been acquired and flown by Sweden in the immediate post-War years, before being sold to Israel in the early 1950s. By the time of the Suez Crisis of 1956, they had been replaced in front-line service by the Gloster Meteor and Dassault Ouragan, but still served with some second-line units. Not long after the crisis, the surviving examples were retired.

Model: 1/72 scale Airfix A01004 "North American P-51D Mustang"
Kit inventory no. 948, acquired August 10th 2012.
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WKucza Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great work!
Looks very different than most of the Mustangs you see and the painting and weathering is very well done!
kanyiko Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the kind words!! ^_^

It's indeed something different from the normal WWII Mustang, isn't it? ;) I had the decals for these on a decal sheet, so I thought "why not", especially with the new Airfix Mustang that recently got released. I'm now working on a "Tuskegee" Mustang, but I've also got a second set ready (or third, counting this one) which will become an Indonesian (ex-Dutch) Mustang, as used against CIA-supported rebels in the late 1950s. Very complicated story there - more about it here... :3
NavJAG Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic camo work and weathering!
kanyiko Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the kind words!! :hug:
Pachycrocuta Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Neato. I grew up with so much of a politicized view of the Suez Campaign - for better and worse - that it's rare to have any discussion of *what actually happened*. And it's a beautiful model.
kanyiko Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the story you get to hear always depends on which side of the conflict you are. The Suez crisis is a particularly complicated example, especially given the different layers of deception that went on.

And thanks! Actually, this one gave me a taste of 'unusual Mustangs' - I'm still working on the stock kit (P-51D "Tuskegee Airmen" 1944), but I've already started on another unusual little Mustang (Indonesian Air Force/AURI during "Operation Haik", 1958).
Pachycrocuta Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
That's fascinating! Obviously I'd never heard of it before (as with many things that might portray the USA's interference in other countries, in any way other than completely positive). History with P51s is always more awesome!
kanyiko Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are quite a few models that could be done of covert US ops - Mustangs in Indonesia; Invaders over Indonesia, Cuba, Vietnam and Laos; Trojans over Laos, Vietnam and Congo; Counter Invaders over Congo, etc...

At least they'd be a whole lot more interesting in colour schemes than yet another "Light Ghost Grey" MQ-9... <.< (Got that one in my "future stash" - reserved bot not yet picked up at my Local Model Store)
BlueFox284 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Great weathered panel lining! :nod:
kanyiko Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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