Red Tail Mustang: Fernando Bellegarde Giant Scale P-51

Red Tail Mustang: Fernando Bellegarde Giant Scale P-51

From Sao Paulo Brazil, Fernando Bellegarde is part of Team Brazil and is a regular competitor at Top Gun.His impressive P-51 Mustang is built from the CARF-Models kit, and it took him 8 months to complete. His P-51 is finished with custom Aerotech paint and Flite Metal is applied all over the plane with fabric covering on the rudder. All rivets, screws and panel lines were detailed out. Fernando is using a DLA 116cc gas engine for power spinning a 4-blade custom-made propeller.

Fernando Bellegarde, P-51 Mustang, radio control, rc model airplane, rc scale, road to top gun, Top Gun scale Invitational

His Mustang has a fully detailed “I fly Tailies” cockpit, with a full-body pilot figure from Warbird Pilot figure at the controls. He is using a 12-channel Futaba radio with Savox servos.

Fernando Bellegarde, P-51 Mustang, radio control, rc model airplane, rc scale, road to top gun, Top Gun scale Invitational

Cockpit Details

Fernando Bellegarde, P-51 Mustang, radio control, rc model airplane, rc scale, road to top gun, Top Gun scale Invitational

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Fernando’s model represents one of the fighters from the famous WW2 332th Fighter Group’s “Red Tails” squadron—”Duchess Arlene”,  piloted by Capt. Robert Williams in 1944. Documentation information came from the Tuskegee Airmen Association. All the markings are homemade by Fernando who has been flying RC for 30 years.

4 Comments

  1. The RedTails are one of my most admired squadrons from WWII! They overcame so much rcial injustice to defend our bombers over Germany with such great success. I think the P-51 B/C is a really bea;utiful airplane, and when they graduated to the D’s, they were unstoippable. Senor Bellegarde’s rendition of Dutchess Arlene is obviously a fantastic recreation — having won a Top Gun award.

  2. I am in the second half of my build, scratch Build 1/4 scale P-51d and need information on covering or painting the aircraft and cockpit detailing.

  3. That project is superb. I’m a member of the Tuskegee Association and I give classes on the history of the 332FG and the personnel that supported them. Are use my Physcial unit as a demo when giving classes and this project here is nice very well done I’ll give you kudos and praise for what you’ve done I would love to see Fly though. I would like to post my units, but this site only let’s you write a comment.
    D.L.Thomas U.S.Army ret.

  4. An incredible model.

    Soon I will start my new p51 all made of real aluminum riveted with all the interior and exterior details but I am trying to specify the scale 1/3 or 1/3.25 or 1/3.5, I do not know which to decide.

    What is your opinion ??

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