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

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Guest Peterpools

Hi Brother Bear

I remember the Mustang very well and am patiently waiting for it's return.

Peter

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Thank you, Bill.  Now you know why I mentioned making the strakes.  It would be a simple production job.  You could make a metal stencil, tape sheet or strip to the back, and either score with a needle or cut.  Sand the edges and you're good to go.  You can find the curve by putting the part on a piece of upside-down tape and then cut an outline.

 

Brother Bear! Thanks for stopping by.  I'm afraid you, and I, will have to wait a bit longer.  Getting back to it after the Double Trouble Group Build is a good idea.  I like that.  I don't know when I'll get back to the Messerschmitts, I really am tired of looking at them.

 

I've changed directions from the AH-1S I was doing in the DTGB.  I decided I really didn't want to do a major conversion, but to do a bit of tinkering.  I have not asked Kevin to delete the thread, as I would like to start anew, but when that time comes I'll do so and start a new thread.  It'll be a SUFA.  By the way, weren't you doing one?  It's not in your signature.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

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Guest Peterpools

Hi Brother Bear

My Sufa has been under way but has been regulated to the back of the hanger until maybe this winter, as I'm not happy with the paint work and some of the details. Just night have to devote a lot of time this winter to stripping the Sufa down and going at it again.

Peter

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Thank you for stopping by, Wolf.  When I take a break from the SUFA I will mosey over to this thread and pick it up.  I'm now of the mind to tackle the engine and wheel wells.  I know by the time I finish the cockpit and wheel wells of the SUFA I will be wanting to take a break from it.  Thanks for bringing this back to my attention.

 

Peter, be gentle with the stripping.  I wouldn't want to see your work go the way of the first Bf109K-4 build I attempted.  I look forward to following along.  Keep up the good work, it really has been pretty tremendous.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

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Guest Peterpools

Hi Mark

I've been slowly working the paint back and stripping the Sufa down, much as I did with BBD Mustang. I'm looking forward to your official Sufa start and will be following with wide open eyes and a note pad in hand.

Keep 'em coming

Peter

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I was getting no-where fast on my SUFA build.  The cockpit sidewalls were just killing me.  So I decided to bring out the Mustang to see what I could see.  I figured that whatever I was to do on this build had to go more smoothly than what was going on with the SUFA.

 

While rummaging around for my references I came upon a publication of which I have no recollection of obtaining.  So I leafed thru it and broke the categories (cockpit, wheel wells, etc.) down with labeled post-its.  This pub turned out to be a gold mine for me.  The publication is AN 01-60JE-4, Airplane Parts Catalogue Army Model P-51D, British Model Mustang IV, 25 July 1944, Revised 25 October 1944, Printed by Wm. B. Burord Printing Co. 10-25-44, if you're so inclined.

 

All cockpit work:

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Drilled 2 holes.

 

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Added a latch.

 

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Located 2 rounded cornered triangles to the inside of the rudder pedals.  Bolts also.

 

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From the front: To the right, as we are looking, of the 2 holes, on the small circular plate, Tamiya molded a small rod, which I chiseled off.  It was replaced with an angled fuel line with vent tube.  Black neoprene connection is drilled flexible plastic tube, from somewhere, with wire insulation as the hose.  The gage has an asymmetrical flange, long flange toward the inside.  The fuel inlet is surrounded with 1mm electrical wire heat-shrink tube, representing fastening bands.  .010 rod represents band tightening heads. 

 

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Lots of cool junk here.  From the front: The semi-circle is the Filter-Air Vacuum Operated Instrument.  It's supposed to have a support.  I'll see if I can fit it in.  This item actually has 2 outlet line conditions.  I chose this one.  Next is a hand held signal light, then the relief tube (stretched kit tree, telescoping Albion Alloys aluminum tube, solder), and over toward the top the Handle Assembly-Heating and Ventilating System Cold Air Control.  Below the 'T' handle on the semi-circle is a pointer.  The handle and pointer are in alignment.  The rod is the valve connecting shaft.

 

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Not a lot of new stuff here, just a few.  Left-most bottom bezel has a button.  The other button broke off.  Chiseled off the molded-in handle in the center and made one with more relief.  Chiseled off the bezel and located a Fuel Filler Pump handle.  Tried to make it oval.

 

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Finished this up.  The Emergency Handle area.  There is a small bump on top of the handle, just above the wired box.  That represents a spring condition.  There is a connection between the Emergency Handle Release located on the outside of the windscreen and the Emergency Handle.  That's what that is.  Left-most wiring loom has a .005 x .05mm fastener.  Other looms and their fasteners are new.  Inverted 'T' bracket is unidentified.  Unidentified bracket to the left of the bell.  Long wired tube to the right of the bell is the Radio Headset Connector, short one is the Microphone Type T-30 Connector.

 

It is good to back in this saddle.

Thank you for looking in.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

 

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It's nice to finally get back to this model.  What I've been doing the past couple of days has been loads of fun.  Indeed, please move this to WiP.

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark

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Guest Peterpools

Brother bear

What a great way to start November and to see the Mustang back out and the bench. Amazed as always at the level of detail you are able to create.

Keep 'em coming

Peter

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