Scale Model Aircraft Photos
Return to the plastic model airplane gallery

North American P-51D Mustang "Cripes A'Mighty 3rd" scale model aircraft
Scale and Make
1/48 Scale Tamiya Model
North American P-51D Mustang "Cripes A'Mighty 3rd"
Scale Model Aircraft
Major George Preddy -- 487th FS, 352nd FG, Bodney, England, July 1944
Current Location: Private Collector


The North American P-51 Mustang may be the greatest propeller-driven aircraft of all time. Interestingly enough, this long-range, single seat World War II fighter went from initial design to fully operational in just 117 days. The "D" variant featured in this scale model aircraft was the most widely produced Mustang. It featured an all-around clear vision cockpit canopy and three machine guns mounted into each wing.

The P-51 Mustang was used extensively by allied forces in Europe as a bomber escort for B-24 Liberators and B-17 Flying Fortresses. This well-made, fast and durable aircraft helped ensure allied air superiority over the German Luftwaffe. Among legendary P-51 pilots to achieve the "ace" status was Major George E. Preddy, who flew several aircraft during his career. His most successful Mustang was the famed P-51D "Cripes A'Mighty 3rd" (44-13321), represented in this scale model aircraft. Between June 29 and July 18 of 1944, this Mustang carried 17 white victory markings and a full set of D-Day markings. On August 6, 1944, while using this very aircraft, he scored an unprecedented six victories against Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters. Preddy went on to become the top P-51 Mustang ace of World War II and ranks sixth on the list of all-time highest scoring American aces.

Tamiya’s 1/48 scale model aircraft was used to produce George Preddy’s P-51D Mustang "Cripes A'Mighty 3rd". The project also includes an Ultracast conversion piece for the correct early tail without the fillet. Other customizations include; Ultracast accurate flaps and detailed exhaust pipes, Squadron vacuform canopy and the Eduard detailed photo-etch cockpit set. The paint scheme has an overall Natural Metal finish, a 352nd Medium Blue nose blaze, full invasion stripes and Black ETO ID bands on tail surfaces. The aircraft also features 17 white victory markings in a single row forward of the windscreen. The completed scale model aircraft depicts Preddy’s Mustang as it looked when coming back from his most successful mission on August 6, 1944, prior to applying six more victory markings to the nose. Enjoy the photos.

Select Thumbnail | Please allow a few seconds for image to load
1/48 scale model aircraft of a North American P-51D Mustang Cripes A'Mighty 3rd.
Scale model aircraft photo of a 1/48 P-51D Mustang.
1/48 P-51D Mustang plastic model airplane image.
Airplane model kit photo of a 1/48 P-51D Mustang.
1/48 P-51D Mustang scale model airplane image.
Model aircraft kit photo of a 1/48 P-51D Mustang.
1/48 P-51D Mustang aircraft plastic model image.
Aircraft model kit photo of a 1/48 P-51D Mustang.
Photo of a pro built 1/48 scale P-51D Mustang.
1/48 P-51D Mustang scale model aircraft image.
Plastic model airplane photo of a 1/48 P-51D Mustang.
1/48 P-51D Mustang airplane model kit image.
Scale model airplane photo of a 1/48 P-51D Mustang.
1/48 P-51D Mustang model aircraft kit image.
Aircraft plastic model photo of a 1/48 P-51D Mustang.
1/48 P-51D Mustang aircraft model kit image.
Scale model aircraft image of a 1/48 P-51D Mustang.
1/48 P-51D Mustang plastic model airplane photo.
Airplane model kit image of a 1/48 P-51D Mustang.
1/48 P-51D Mustang scale model airplane photo.
Model aircraft kit image of a 1/48 P-51D Mustang.
1/48 P-51D Mustang aircraft plastic model photo.
Aircraft model kit image of a 1/48 P-51D Mustang.
Image of a pro built 1/48 scale P-51D Mustang.



All material within this site is protected under copyright. You must contact the Author(s) or Editor for permission to use any material on this site for any purpose.