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Help needed folks...

 

does anyone have any detail on the external labelling on a P51?

 

I can see there are many dotted around the airframe, and have asked Aircorps if they have anything showing what they are, but in the meantime is there a P51 resource somewhere that shows them for a 'C'?

 

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TIA

Peter

 

 

Peter...

I think you have a ways to go before you are ready for external stencils, eh?

LOL

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Peter, you need document 102-00010 on Aircops library for full P-51B/C markings and labels. Just type the number in the "Search" frame.

 

 

Unbelievable! thank you so much, that is EXACTLY what I was after :)

 

 

Peter...

I think you have a ways to go before you are ready for external stencils, eh?

LOL

 

 

ah yes, but I am doing the decal artwork so I need to get all of it gathered together now so i can get them printed with an airscale stock order that is getting overdue :)

 

Peter

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evening folks :)

 

been away a bit lately, but have got a little done in the last few days :)

 

first, thanks to the direction to the aircorps librarary reference to all the external markings on drawing 106-00010 I have finally finished the decal sheet (well except for Don Lopez's name & kills marking but I need to find the right font..)

 

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and I started to make up the fuselage structures - you can see here in a pic Denzil from Aircorps kindly provided all the internal formers & stations along the cockpit walls - these I have made in PE and they are designed to sit in some 'U' shaped brass channel which acts as the main fuselage longerons top & bottom they all slot into..

 

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..I started with a simple first pair (station 89.75) - each of these is a full thickness PE part, laminated with a more detailed one, and now I am adding the strip that runs along the internal edge to make them look like pressed parts...

 

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..each of the parts of station 104 is more substantial, these are a core but laminated both sides, plus another lower laminate for the strengthening plate - seen here with the brass longeron & some strip ali..

 

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..station 104 is actually two sets of formers joined together so here is each half of the left side with some brass spacers..

 

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..and assembled..

 

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..the right hand fuselage side of station 104 is the spare lamp storage which has a little hatch, so the base of the hatch is in PE and the hatch cover will be added later after painting - sprue was threaded through holes to make the bigger bolts at the bottom (these still need cleaning up)...

 

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..and assembled..

 

the PE panel has cross head screws in the artwork and it is testament to PPD's quality that I can actually see them with my opti-visor :)

 

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..another bit of PE was made for one of the mounts for a cockpit component - it starts life flat, and again the PE artwork takes the drawings and just adds in each elevation so you end up with what it would look like unfolded flat..

 

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..quite dificult to fold as it has folds on all four sides - this was the best I could do..

 

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..so the first parts start to take shape..

 

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..and this is sort of how they will go to make up the cockpit sides..

 

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..thats all for now - a LONG way to go :)

 

TTFN

Peter

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I spent the last 2 weeks reading through the spitfire build and was blown away. Extremely impressed by the precision and perfection you strive for in your build. A true artist. So 

glad I am on the ground floor for this build. Looking forward to being stunned and amazed.

 

Gord

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Peter, I know it's poor form, but may I ask how much it costs to get all these custom PE sheets and decals made for one project? It's inspirational, but the cost scares me!

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not to steal Peter's thunder by answering, but it will run into several hundred ££

 

but given that these projects last for over a year, it's all relative

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