"OLD CROW" MODEL BUILDER’S GUIDE

 

This guide is intended to help "Old Crow" model enthusiasts build a plastic model of Bud’s "Old Crow" P-51B, P-51D or his F-105D. We would like to acknowledge the help we have received from  Erik Whipple, John Greiner, Stanley ParkerDave Burrow,  Scott Brown, Steve Negley, Bob Reiter, Richard Gonzales, Tom Goodwin, John Soule, Lee Lacey and the IPMS(UK) Hornchurch Model Club and Merle Olmsted, all expert model builders. They were indispensable in building this guide and  examples of their models are on display in this section and the 357th FG Model Gallery. We will also give advice on building other 357th Fighter Group Mustangs and will be adding aircraft profiles on as many of these great aircraft as we can.

The general consensus is to build a 1/48 scale model. You can also make a 1/72 scale or other scales, but we will limit our discussion to mainly the 1/48 scale. Most good hobby stores will carry or be able to obtain any of the model kits, decals or other materials we will mention. However, shopping on the Internet is fantastic and the prices are usually quite a bit lower buying online. We are not endorsing any particular site, but two great online hobby sites are: www.greatmodels.com and www.rollmodels.com.

The two best P-51D’s made in 1/48 scale are by Tamiya and Hasegawa. Two high quality Japanese companies. Tamiya also makes a fine B model. There are pros and cons to both kits. The Tamiya kit is the only D in 1/48 that offers dropped flaps. One can of course cut flaps on the Hasegawa kit and replace and drop them with resin flaps. The wheel well detail is better on the Hasegawa, however they aren’t nearly deep enough! No way a wheel could fit in there!! The cockpit detail is better on the Hasegawa than the Tamiya. BOTH are great kits and are more than sufficient to build a good "Old Crow" P-51D. Other P-51 kits include: Tamiya, TM61042(standard "B") TM61047 (Mustang Mk.III w/Malcolm Hood),Accurate Miniatures, AL3418 (Standard "B"), Promodeler P-51B, Hasegawa, HE09288, Testors, TE590, Revell-Monogram, RMX5241, and Arii, AR331.

There are literally hundreds of after market accessories made for the Mustang in all scales. Most common are resin cockpits, wheels, flaps and of course the early tail. There are also photo-etched brass detail sets for cockpit and various other parts. A great place to look for these accessories is at UltraCast .

Decals are a challenge. All kits come with decals. Although, often they’re thick, out of scale and of poor quality. The main aftermarket decal companies that produced 357th FG decals are Aeromaster of Strike Eagle Productions, Superscale, and a few other companies that put out an occasional Mustang sheet. RepliScale (now out of business) put out a 6 sheet series called "The Yoxford Boys." Each sheet has at least five 357th Fighter Group planes on it, including the "Old Crow." Superscale also made a decal sheet with "Old Crow"48-454, but most dealers are sold out. Bud’s "Old Crow" markings for his F-105D can be found on Aeromaster sheet number 48-375, Takhli Thunderchiefs, 355TFW "OldCrow II". Several model kits are made with "Old Crow" decals including: Hasegawa, HE09288 P-51D which includes markings for "Old Crow" and "Glamorous Glennis", Testors, TE590 P-51D "Old Crow" markings, Otaki Kit no. OT2-13-400 P-51D "Old Crow" markings, and Hasegawa, P-51B Malcolm Hood Kit no. SP108:1300 "Old Crow" markings. One problem with many decal sheets is that they only have 1 "Old Crow" marking on them – you will need 2 "Old Crow" markings to make the model correctly. There is one last option on decals, and that is to make your own. FineScale Model Magazine ran an excellent article on making your own decals in their Nov 99 issue, entitled "Creating Custom Decals". It is our hope to be able to develop a set of 357th FG code letters and numbers in the correct font for free download to anyone who would like to use them to build a 357th FG mustang. 

Solution #1- Buy both Tamiya’s RAF Mustang Mk.III w/Malcom Hood and Hasegawa’s P-51D "Glamorous Glen" and use the "Old Crow" markings to make Bud’s P-51B and Chuck Yeager’s P-51D.

Solution#2- For P-51B’s other than Tamiya’s- you will have to purchase a canopy upgrade kit from Squadron or another manufacturer. Markings will be a challenge.

Solution#3- If you’re looking for just the P-51D "Old Crow", Hasegawa’s is very nice and the decals are very good. Or you can buy the Testor’s P-51D w/"Old Crow" decals- its cheaper but both kit and decals are substandard.

Solution#4- If you want to use the Arii, Promodeler, or Revell-Monogram P-51D kits, you will need to have a line on Superscale’s discontinued decal sheet for Old Crow 48-454 or the Repliscale "Yoxford Boys" decal sheets- most dealers are sold out.

Solution#5- Change to a 1/72 scale and buy Hasegawa HE51311 P-51B or HE51320 P-51D. Then look for SuperScale Decal sheet no. 72-729 "Old Crow" markings.

Solution#6- Buy the Revell-Monogram F-105D or Hasegawa HE02612 F-105D and get the Aeromaster sheet 48-375 Takhli Thunderchiefs 355TFW "Old Crow II" markings.

There are new models coming out all the time. Hopefully someone will fill the decal void. Rumor has it that Aeromaster may be doing some new 357th FG decals in the near future. They have recently released Glamorous Glen III and Berlin Express. At any rate, you can find kits, parts and decals out there to make a nice "Old Crow" or other 357th FG replica. Look below for some photos and drawings to help you detail your model. We will be updating this Guide to try and keep up to date on the latest model developments. We just got word that Academy recently released a 1/72 scale P-51B "Old Crow" as well as Revell. Good Luck!! Please take a look at our 357th FG Model Gallery, we now have over 90 models on display and many more coming. We are hard at work on Mustang Profiles to match the models. We have many of the profiles complete and we will be adding more information to each profile in the future. If  you would like to help with this ongoing project please contact Jim Anderson at jimswa@juno.com. Thank you!!


Old Crow Model Tips and Displays:

P-51B "Old Crow" details 

Details of Bud's P-51B. 

P-51D "Old Crow" details 

Details of Bud's P-51D  

F-105D "Old Crow II" details   

Details of Bud's F-105 

Building a 1/32 Scale Model of "Old Crow" by John Griener

Great Article by Award Winning Model Builder John Greiner.

Profiles of 357th FG Mustangs   

Profiles of 42 357th FG Mustangs, with photos and information on each plane. More coming soon!

357th Fighter Group Model Gallery 

"Geronimo" made by John Soule, one of the newest addition to the gallery! Don't miss Kalamazoo Kid. 

 

Over 200+  Models displayed on 34 Pages. This Gallery is dedicated to the 357th FG. We hope to build as many different Mustangs as possible. Your models are welcome for display here. Thanks to all those who have contributed!

1/32 Old Crow by Steve Negley  

(Lots of good modeling tips and techniques!)

 Old Crow Reference Information

 

General information about Old Crow and other 357th FG mustangs that have come up in answering many questions that are asked us. 

 357th FG Tail Numbers and Code Letters

(Most accurate list I have found. "Little Friends" 8th AF Fighter Groups by Peter Randall. This link will take you to the 357th FG section.)

 357 FG Markings

 

Written By Merle Olmsted, it gives good information on the various marking of 357th FG aircraft during training and in the war.

357th Fighter Group Decals

 

A list of all know decals made for 357th FG aircraft. Please let us know if you find any others.

Photographing your Model by Fred List

 

Great article by Fred List on how to take a picture of your model.

Luftwaffe Models

 

Our Gallery of Luftwaffe Models. 50+ beautiful models on display, sent in by supporters of our web site.  Page 7 now started.  If you have any we can use, please let us know.

 

Rear view mirror for the P-51D by Erik Whipple

 1/4 Scale P-51 Old Crow by Dana Muelot 
Decals by Mike Grant  - Mike has made several decals of 357th FG Mustangs (Old Crow and Glamourus Glen, Billy's Bitch, Daddy Rabbit and Flying Panther)
Special Decal Offer from Artist Roy Grinell  
357th FG Mustang Rudder Fabric  Photo of actual 357th FG Fabric from Merle Olmsted
Kit Review by Ken Acosta Great details about building Hurry Home Honey
Kit Review by Thomas Cleaver   Tangerine with some good information for Hank Pfieffer
 

WWII Bomber Gallery

 

WWII Bomber Models

Model Builder Links:

Finescale Modeler Magazine

  Fantastic Model Magazine!

Hyper Scale - A Virtual Magazine for Aircraft and Armor Modellers  

Great site!

AeroMaster Decals of Strike Eagle Productions 

 Great Decals!!

EagleCals - Collector Decals from Jerry Crandall

Great German Aircraft Decals!
Ultracast High Detail Resin Kits for the Advanced Modeler Great accessories!
Squadron Signal the place to buy your Super Scale Decals
Wonderlful Model Builder site. Lots of links!!
The Place to buy Cutting Edge Decals
Military Fonts (Tlai Enterprises)
Modaire Industries   Large Scale Remote Control Models
Modeling Madness 

 

 Fantastic Modeling Site!  Great reviews and How To Articles!!

 

D&J Hobby.Com   Large selection of kits and decals. 
Yellow Airplane.Com  

 

Lots of P-51 Stuff

  Incredible-Adventures

 

 

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