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

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...everything fits!

 

That was the biggest concern I had when I built my Spitfire so I know exactly how you feel. The thought that you've somehow managed to add stuff that will ultimately create fit problems is always on your mind.

 

The only items I see still missing are the inlet and outlet fittings on the cylinder heads for the glycol tank. I'll try and find the pics I have of them for you. I wish I had cast them when I scratch-built them for the Spitfire as I'll need a set for the Mustang as well.

 

Incredible work Mark!

 

Cheers,

Wolf

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'inlet and outlet fittings on the cylinder heads for the glycol tank'

I haven't found a THING for this in my manuals.  They would be in the coolant pages, drawings, and schematic, which I've used, and they are not.

 

Sincerely,

Mark.

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Mark,

 

The engine covers fit great and that's not a surprise to me, because they fit perfect on my Mustang too with hardly any adjustments.  The real tricky one is the bottom shroud, because it uses those two pins at the rear and they are difficult to slide into the nylon washers they go into.  A little silicon spray in the washers helps a lot.  The panel is also hard to install without scratching the model at the rear, so I just leave mine on all the time now.  Also, and you'll figure this out on your own fairly quickly if you don't know already, the top shroud has two big seam marks that have to be sanded off.

 

What I am REALLY looking forward to is some painting on this great build.  How you are going to do that with all the plumbing and other tiny do-dads a different color is going to be tricky!

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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Many thanks for the silicon tip on the pins, Chuck.  I have only attempted their insertion once, and didn't like the fight.  I was surprised, and disappointed in Tamiya, when I saw the seam marks on the shroud.  They have been attended to, delicately, as you know.

 

I hope to figure things out when I study the manuals for color interpretation.  I have imagery that shows an all black engine (including linkage) with the only natural metal being part of the magneto, the distributor, lines, and nuts and bolts, and drawings showing the linkage as being natural metal.

 

For me, it's too early for color.  I'm studying the imagery for content.  Color interpretation and execution will come later.  It's just the way I work.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

 

 

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Many thanks for the silicon tip on the pins, Chuck.  I have only attempted their insertion once, and didn't like the fight.  I was surprised, and disappointed in Tamiya, when I saw the seam marks on the shroud.  They have been attended to, delicately, as you know.

 

 

Mark

 

 

If my memory serves me well (never an automatic thing!), I think I drilled out the nylon washers too, because the fit was just too tight.  As you know, the shroud plastic is super thin, so you don't want to be horsing the pins in or out or you'll warp or break something.  Of course now is the time to get them right.  I waited too long and paid the price, so the bottom shroud stays on because removal is just not worth the hassle.

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Mark, here are the coolant connectors that I'm talking about that go from the cylinder heads to the glycol tank. Hopefully the pics and the drawing help. You can see where they connect to the glycol tank as the tank has two round raised discs moulded at the back. There also appears to be a small air bleeder valve on the glycol tank between the two coolant connectors.

 

Cheers,

Wolf

 

 

Coolant-elbow-2_zps9d4a2426.jpg

 

 

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Coolant-pipe-1_zps49956b07.jpg

 

Coolant-connector-2.jpg

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'. . . and they are not.'

OOPS!  Egg on my face!  I double-checked and I found them.  How right you are!  Hardly noticeable.  Will get on this.  Many thanks.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

Edited by dodgem37

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nice work! I am also reminded how much more secure the engine mounting/fuselage relationship is on the Mustang... the Spit has proved to be much more shaky in that regard... my son and I built a similar Spit a couple of years ago, but strictly OOB, which actually pushed us to the limit... what you do is working at the peak of this hobby...  :bow:

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Mark, here are the coolant connectors that I'm talking about that go from the cylinder heads to the glycol tank. Hopefully the pics and the drawing help. You can see where they connect to the glycol tank as the tank has two round raised discs moulded at the back. There also appears to be a small air bleeder valve on the glycol tank between the two coolant connectors.

 

Cheers,

Wolf

 

 Coolant-connector-2.jpg

 

You're a very sick man Wolf...get some help.

Edited by williamj

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astounding detailing Mark - I recognise many of those parts from when I was building a Merlin for my HpH Hornet - I sat scratching my head trying to figure out how to make such tiny linkages and where all the connections go to / come from

 

well now I will just come here for reference when I pick up on that build again!

 

simply beautiful..

 

Peter

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Thank you, Kevin.  This round has been a pleasure to do.  Everything seems to be positive.

 

Thank you, Mitch.

 

Thank you, Peter.  Early on before I came back to this round I was simply lost as to what to do and where to begin.  Now, it seems to not only be right before my eyes, I'm making the right decisions.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

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