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Readers’ Gallery: Steven Murphy’s 1/48 Tamiya P-51B

Forum member Steven Murphy (styrenepilot1970) posted this great looking P-51B in Tuskeegee airmen markings. Thanks for sharing your work Steven!

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I had met Lee Archer, the Tuskegee Airmen’s only ace at the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends airshow in 2007. Myself and a friend were walking across the tarmac and I glanced over and saw an older fellow in suit and tie and a GML ball cap. “That’s Lee Archer!” I said, “Let’s go meet him!”

Needless to say, COL Archer was a class act, very gracious with a deep melodious voice. When I heard of his passing towards the end of January, I was motivated to build his mount, “Ina, The Macon Belle”. I had the Tamiya kit that I wanted to use, but almost as importantly, I had Tom Myers Accurate Miniatures decals from the Tuskegee Airmen kit. I think Tom would appreciate the irony of using the decals on another manufacturer’s kit. I can almost hear him saying in exasperation “Murphy…” with a shake of his head.

On another Agape note, this model had the pleasure of losing to Agape Models forums member Raleigh Lambs terrific Monogram P-51B. His model is absolutely fantastic!