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Tamiya P-51D, Sinai, 1956, Finished, 2.1.18

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Thank you, Mark.  I'm glad to be back tinkering on this one as well.

 

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I took a look at the condition on the model that Wolf had mentioned.  The trim console is solid from its' base upward about 2-3mm then the back opens up and becomes a void.  So I marked off just above that transitional location on the front of the console, drilled a hole, because it seemed the easier thing to do than chisel off some of the base, and inserted the rod.  You can see it way back there.

 

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While I was working on the spot light, and other floor items, I made a simple connection between the seat adjustment handle and what I lazily interpreted as the adjustment rod.

 

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While working on the condition of Wolfs' eagle eye observation, thank you, Wolf, I decided to upgrade the cable condition from .010 rod to 36 gauge wire.  At least I think it's 36 gauge.  I drilled some .015 rod, glued the wire into a 2mm segment, squeezed the front 1mm flat, sanded it to shape, drilled it, heated some .010 rod with a spent match-head to make a fastener, inserted it into the cable head and rudder pedal connection holes, then heated the remaining end to capture the rod.

 

Except for the seat radio antenna connection correction, that being shortening it a bit, and an IP button, I think the cockpit is complete.

 

Thank you for looking in.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

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Been working on the wheel well.  OOF!

 

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Not 100% complete, nor accurate.  Lots of little pieces.

 

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Lots of pencil marks to help keep things organized.  Sometimes helpful, other times not.

 

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Drilled out the gun camera housing only to realize later that Tamiya had it right, and had to punch a covering disc.

 

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Some accuracy, but ended up just making things visually active.

 

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Erred in drilling that hole in the center section.

 

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Those with eagle-eyes will note I have not installed the Hydraulic Landing Gear Operating Strut.  I'll be getting to that a little later.

 

Thank you for looking in.

Happy Black Friday!

Sincerely,

Mark

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Hey Mark, your detailed scratch building is unbelievable and to be admired by any modeler.  I have a question, however.  How the heck are you going to paint everything in different colors when it's all glued together?  Maybe most of it is just dry fitted?

 

Thanks,

Chuck

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Guest Peterpools

Brother Bear

Absolutely heart warming to see you back working on the Mustang again. Totally blown away with the wheel well details and your magic touch.

Keep 'em coming

Peter

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Guest Martinnfb

Pure madness, need to call my mother or something :)

M.

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Thank you, Loic.

 

Thank you, Chuck.

How the heck are you going to paint everything in different colors when it's all glued together?  Maybe most of it is just dry fitted?

While working I tried to keep the painting process in mind.  I did my best to not overlap, but there are two places where there will probably be difficulty.  One for sure, where the brass wire leading to the door retraction strut and the wiring loom overlap.

 

I thought I had drilled a series of holes for the brass just on the rear side of the loom rib, as I started off by first drawing with pencil on the well the location of everything I wanted to include.   But either I missed it, drew it in the wrong location, or didn't drill the pass-thru holes.  It's very busy in the wheel well and easy to miss something.

 

Aside from specific detail, such as the springs and some pipework, and since this is a post-war aircraft, most everything will be chromate green.

 

Many of the central red, green, and blue wiring insulation are bridges.  I glued thin wire at the terminals and trimmed the insulation to fit, so if I come to a problem area I can remove the insulation and once the model is painted I can paint the insulation and slip it back into place.  I hope

 

The center section is glued to the well and the forward bulkhead is not.

 

Thank you ever so much, Filippo.

 

Thank you, William.  I know you know!  It took a while to sort things out then figure out how to approach the problem.  'Where to begin, what to do and not do, and then how do it?'

 

The details in the P-51D wheel well are so very complicated, as you know.  Lots of overlap and intertwining.  I decided to forgo the overlap and intertwining, which for the most part is centrally located, until last, which is when I would glue in the center section.

 

So I started from the landing gear strut and worked in, and, worked from the back wall forward.  The last details to go in were the small white details and spring, and the door retraction arm, as I didn't want them popping off unexpectedly.  I worked on the center section off and on while I worked on the well off and on.  When it came time to glue in the center section and work on the overlapping and intertwining I said to myself that 'This just ain't happenin', and truthfully, simplified the central pipework.

 

This little project took a long time and a lot of mental fortitude!  I hope I still have some left over for the engine!

 

Thank you, Brother Bear!

Absolutely heart warming . . .

After the Arctic Vortex and all of its' problems we all can use some heart warming!  Thank you, Peter.

 

Thank you, Harvey.  A little more work and then it's over!  I used the wheel well as a mental warm-up exercise to get me 'ready' for the engine compartment, but I think I may have blown a gasket in the warm-up process!

 

Thank you, Martinn.  You are my Favorite!

 

Thank you, Wolf.  Where's yours!!??

 

Thank you, Mike.  Just livin' the dream!

 

Thank you one and all.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

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Thank you, Tomek.

 

Thank you, Murph.

 

Been tinkering with the tail-wheel well.

 

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Added some structure to the sidewall and fore.  Probably stabilizer and rudder cable, I don't know.  I used a photograph and not a technical illustration.

 

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Other end.  Hydraulic lines.

 

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Other side.

 

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Other end of other side.

 

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Door retraction mechanism.

 

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Other side.

 

Thanks for looking in.

Sincerely,

Mark

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