P-51 Mustang Mk.III colour Correction
1 - Mustang Mk.III KH616
I recently sent an article into Hyperscale on my Tamiya Mustang
Mk.III. I Received an E-mail from one Mr James Oglethorpe,
who is a historian for the 3
Squadron RAAF Association. I found his comments on
the Mustang I had built to be very interesting and informing.
Using his information, I re-painted my Mustang in the “correct” colours
for 3 SQN in the Middle East during WW2.
Figure 2 - As per
the instruction sheet
The Colours that I originally used, as shown in Figure 2,
were taken from the Aussie Decals instruction sheet. These
markings have also been produced by Model Alliance (P/N: MA-48602),
and show the same incorrect markings for KH616.
KH616 was originally delivered to 3 SQN at Fano Italy, as
CV-<> (diamond) as shown in figure 3. This airframe
was later changed to CV-J, but the markings remained the
same through out it’s life. You can see in Figure 1,
that there is a pointed “cut out” in the sky
ID band around the tail section where the <> was painted
over. There were NO white ID bands around the wings, or tail
plane on either version of KH616.
3 - The original aircraft, CV - <> (second in from
From James’ E-mail:-
(figure 1) gives
no indication of white stripes on the leading edge of the
tailplane, and the appearance of a white "stripe" on
the near wing is probably an unfortunate combination of
the red-doped gun ports on the wing leading edge (just
outboard of the u/c leg) and some sort of (exhaust? spilt
fuel?) staining. The lighter area visible is definitely
not in the standard location for the white stripe seen
on British-based Mustangs.”
Also of note on the wings, on the decal
instructions, they are shown to have Yellow leading edges.
This, as can be seen from Figure 1, indicates that these
markings did not exist.
The decal instructions show the Spinner
to be BLUE, when infact the spinners of the Desert Air Force
were all RED.
This has been confirmed by a number of members of the desert
air force who were present at the time. I have since corrected
My Mustang III to reflect the colours spoken of here. The
images below show these corrected colours (figures - 4, 5
Figure - 4
Figure - 5
Figure - 6
I hope that you find this article helpful with your next
3 Squadron mustang build. If you have any questions on anything
3 Squadron please have a look at the 3
Squadron RAAF Association website.