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P-40 Warhawk- Herschel Green, 325th FG "Checkertails"
This P-40 was piloted by Herschel Green, the top ace of the famed 325th FG, well known for the black and yellow checkered pattern that adorned their aircraft for their duration in combat. Green, or "Herky" as he was known to the unit, was the top scoring ace of the 325th. Green flew a variety of fighters, as did most men in the 325th, as the unit steadily advanced through the P-40, P-47, and then finally to the P-51. Herky earned 3 kills in the P-40, 10 in "The Jug," and 5 flying the Mustang. The 325th was a scrappy, group with top rate "engineering" by it's incredible ground crew and pilots. The 325th even found a way to turn spent drop tanks into bombs; the tanks always had a little fuel left inside, so they rigged fuses into them and the pilots would attempt to drop them over German lines. On one mission in particular, Herky downed 6 enemy aircraft, earning him the coveted status of "Ace in a Day." Herky made a career of military aviation, and was a top rate pilot, earning the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with OLC, Air Medal with 25 OLC, Purple Heart, French Croix de Guerre with Palm. Remained in service post-war logging 4,000+ flying hours until retirement as a Colonel on April 1, 1964.
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  December 24, 2011
Great build but do you paint or use stickers for the checker patterns?
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  December 3, 2011
This is really good. you should try the Russian IL-2 Sturmovik or the Fairey Gannet.
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Josh Guilbert
  December 2, 2011
I set it to limited fuel but I only shoot to kill the enemy lol
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Josh Guilbert
  December 2, 2011
Your Right Ace the USAAC and USAAF wanted flashy plane's because it was allowed now a day's it isnt.But you have the P-51 berlin express,old crow,six shooter,big beautiful doll,glamorous glen,etc the German's just stuck with camo and bright yellow
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  December 2, 2011
Quoting Scott Bertaut Wow, he must have been a really good pilot to not get shot down flying that! That would be the first plane I'd target, it's so flashy! Really nice job replicating it.
Actually the whole fighter group used the checker tail design... All the way from P-40s through P-47s to P-51s. It seems the Americans really were into flashy and exotic patterns to distinguish different groups. The Axis powers were less so, especially the Japanese.. But as Josh said, some German Aces would get really flashy to identify themselves. One of the pilots with the checkertails actually painted his P-40 black with a red stripe, looked pretty cool and was more unique than any other fighter I've seen in how much it stood out from the pack. Google "P-40 Stud" if you want to check it out...
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Josh Guilbert
  December 1, 2011
Scott you have to watch out for "flashy" looking plane's.Some ME-109 ace's painted bright yellow from the nose to the front of the cockpit to show everyone whose an ace.But Id go after an ace and hopefully get him
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Josh Guilbert
  December 1, 2011
Awsome work Ace btw for a new P=51 suggestion maybe you could make one of the famous Blue nose ones
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Josh Guilbert
  December 1, 2011
On LDD they have those piece's in blue,But sadly I cant build a P-51 on LDD lol,Maybe a blue decal or somthing might work
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Josh Guilbert
  December 1, 2011
What game you guys play? Cuz on IL-2 I go 1 on 16 and come out a winner.I usually stall my plane to evade
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Josh Guilbert
  December 1, 2011
What game you guys play? Cuz on IL-2 I go 1 on 16 and come out a winner.I usually stall my plane to evade
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  December 1, 2011
Back when I had a computer capable of playing them, I played Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3. I also have IL-2 Stormivik 1946 but I like CFS3 better. I am guessing that 1 on 16 is with unlimited ammo. By the way, what plane would you use, and what were the enemies?
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  December 1, 2011
I know Josh, I consider myself an Ace Pilot (there are probably better people, but I can beet all of my friends), that's why my plane is black and yellow! If I saw an ace pilot in a formation, I would attack him first, because otherwise he might get on my 6 when I attack another plane, which would be bad.
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  December 1, 2011
Wow, he must have been a really good pilot to not get shot down flying that! That would be the first plane I'd target, it's so flashy! Really nice job replicating it.
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  December 1, 2011
Quoting Josh Guilbert Awsome work Ace btw for a new P=51 suggestion maybe you could make one of the famous Blue nose ones
love the idea! the 1X10 slope i used on my other mustangs isnt available in blue, so it would be a good challenge to redisign the nose!
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  December 1, 2011
Excellent!!
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  December 1, 2011
A+, nice colors.
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  December 1, 2011
Cool! I like the rear wings and the camo! Very well done!
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  December 1, 2011
Another beautiful plane from you. Again the shape of the front and rear wings are excellent. Thanks for your comments on mine :).
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  December 1, 2011
sweet could u plz post instructions
 
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