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P-51 Mustang Trench Art on shell base

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Posted 6 years ago


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This P-51 "mustang" is made from brass scraps and sits on top of 3 IN MK7 US Navy shell base. It was originally made as an ashtray.

The plane and shell base are in excellent condition with one missing cigarette rest.

The P-51 is an uncommon subject in WW2 trench art.



  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks officialfuel.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks aycockonxion-- if you have time, check my other postings for numerous examples of trench art.

  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks RonM. I have several other posts of trench art on CW, if you have the time to look.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks scandinavian.
  5. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks bellin.
  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    It is unusual to find trench art planes that aren't P-38s!

    I do like the P-38s (I have at least 20 examples) but for every 50, I might see one of another type aircraft.

  7. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Scott, Hello!
    I always thought the P-38 was popular because it was easier to balance in this configuration. :) Plus it was a pretty bad ass plane.
    This Mustang is really cool. I am green with envy.
    Merry Christmas Scott.
  8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks AmberRose.

    I agree, the P-38 is a great airplane. I think the predominance of the P-38 has to do with the popularity of the plane and location of the trench art builders. The P-38 was predominantly a Pacific theater aircraft and the US Navy Construction Battalions (CB or SeaBees) were also predominantly in the Pacific. In the Pacific, there were also many shipboard shops that interacted more regularly with other troops.

    Merry Christmas to you as well.

  9. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    I hadn't thought of that! Geez, you are exactly right. Fantastic!
  10. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks again AmberRose-- when you have time take a look at the other trench art items I have posted. There are several other airplanes and early aviation related pieces.

  11. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks gargoylecollector.

  12. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks p...!


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