This is the wonderful Tamiya 1/48 scale P-51D Mustang kit with (if I remember correctly) CAM Decals. I built this back in 2007-ish and it’s won a few trophies at contests in Ohio and Georgia. Nothing much to say about this kit other than it has a low parts-count, its fit and engineering is brilliant, and its a quick, easy, and pleasant build. If you don’t have one of these in your stash, you need to get one!

This is P-51D/20-NA 44-63272 “Bad Angel”—the aircraft of double-ace Captain Lou Curdes of the 4th FS 3rd Air Commando Group. He is one of only a handful of Allied pilots who claimed kills against each of the three major Axis powers, and the only pilot of the Second World War to claim kills against three major Axis powers and the United States of America!

Victories in Aerial Combat

April 29, 1943
April 29, 1943
May 19, 1943
June 24, 1943
July 30, 1943
August 27, 1943
February 7, 1945
February 10, 1945
Messerschmitt Bf-109
Messerschmitt Bf-109
Messerschmitt Bf-109
Macchi Mc202
Messerschmitt Bf-109
Messerschmitt Bf-109
Mitsubishi Ki-46
Douglas C-47 Dakota
3 Destroyed
1 Damaged
2 Destroyed
1 Destroyed
1 Damaged
2 Destroyed
1 Destroyed
1 Destroyed

Pacific Theater P-51D Mustang Bad Angel

The C-47 “kill” is the result of Curdes’s attempts to thwart the attempt of an errant American C-47 to land at an airfield in Formosa that had recently fallen to Japanese control. Unable to communicate with the aircraft via radio and after several attempts to force the aircraft to abandon its attempts to land, Curdes took out the Dakota’s engines forcing it to ditch in the sea where the entire crew was safely rescued by Allied forces.

 

P-51D Mustang Pilot L E Curdes Bad Angel