357th Fighter Group Profile

Glamorous Glen III

Chuck Yeager and Crew with Glamorous Glen III, 363rd FS, 11 1/2 victories. Click here to view more vintage photos of General Yeager.


Captain Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager's P-51D Mustang "Glamorous Glen III"
Winter 1944

Modeler Tips:

Side View Notes:
A.  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.
B.  Illustration shows plane's name in the right place, but it should not be level.  The words "Glamorous Glen III" should lay across lower strip panel on the port side with the "G" in "Glamorous" overlapping the seam halfway
right up under the exhaust- then the lettering falls away from the exhaust until the roman numeral "III" is just at the bottom of the panel.
C.  Glare shield is flat black and tapers away from upper cowl seam toward
center of aircraft from forward bulkhead to propeller boss.
D.  Victory Board.  12 Nazi flags, 6 columns of two.  Top row rests squarely atop panel seam.  Outer edge of last column lines up directly beneath canopy-windscreen joint.
E.  Signature-style "Capt. Yeager" oriented lower left to upper right.
F.  There were no antenna wires installed on this aircraft.
G.  Tail Number- black "414"on fin, yellow" 888" on rudder.
H.  Radiator ventilation flap is natural aluminum.
I.  Reduced invasion stripes come up to lower edge of star & bar insignia.  Full width, from aft fuselage bulkhead onto wing root at point of lowest dip in the wing fillet.

Upper & Lower View Notes:
I.  Repeat of item "I" 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.  Black recognition stripes were of standard widths on wings & stabilizers for mid-1944 ETO Mustangs.
L, M, N.  Red, Green, Yellow navigation lights- circular and flush with wing panel.
O.  Formation Lights- Red (Port) and Green (Starboard)

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.
*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.

This beautiful model of General Yeager's P-51D was built by Patrick Hawkey  

 

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