Throughout the years we have been asked to wrap just about everything from a trash can to an airplane. every now an then a person and a project comes along that allows us to spread our wings creatively. Its these rare opportunities to show our design capabilities that stand out in our memories and the Mustang P-51 wrap you see in these photos just one of those projects. It all started with a chance visit from the Frank Whitley to our shop to discuss the Birthday gift wrap on his daughters Taylor's 2006 Ford Mustang.
Frank, a long time aviator and WWII War Bird fan thought it would be cool to incorporate a Mustang P-51 theme into his daughters. With Franks direction our team began to scour the web researching the markings and details of P-51 Mustangs. With design inspiration and research completed our team set about the task of designing the wrap. We started the design with a foundation of brushed aluminum. We added in the trade mark Rolls Royce Merlin exhaust. We then counter sunk the rivets and seams for that aircraft fuselage appearance. Lastly we added the war-bird marking including the Navy star and tail checkers. We rolled out the initial design to Frank, he loved the design but remarked that the plane looked brand new like it had just been manufactured. "It needs to look like it has been in the war" Frank commented. "Please add flack an bullet holes and last but not least Japanese rising sun kills" exclaimed Frank. "Rising Sun kill flags?" I asked, "Yes, my daughter likes to race Japanese imports"! Well if she likes to drag race I have the perfect name for her car, whats that? asked Frank, "Miss Behavin" I announced and we both burst out in laughter!
Frank agreed that the name was perfect and we went back to the drawing board. With Franks direction, our team added the distressing, bullet holes, exhaust and oil stains to the design. The final touch was the distressed rising sun flag kills and the call sign "Miss Behavin" on the rocker. To top off all the visual effects our team selected a satin luster laminate and satin black hood, roof and deck-lid to further accentuate the distressed look of the design. After a week long installation, the Mustang P-51 was ready to roll out for its big birthday debut. With Franks entire family on hand our garage door rolled up to reveal on of the coolest custom wrap creations to come out of our shop. Frank, Taylor and her daughter and co-pilot Clover where excited about the final results. Taylor took a minute to take in the entire design and looked down on the rocker to read the call sign "Miss Behavin" and looked over at me and said "how did you know"?. I explained, "Your Dad told me all about you and your lead foot!