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.