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1/18 P51C Mustang "Lopes Hope the 3rd"


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..no assembly news today, but I have spent days on recreating all the placards and stuff for the bespoke decal sheet for the model. I will tack it on to an airscale stock order so will end up with lots and lots of copies, but at least I only need one of everything on the sheet and will have lots of spares  :)

 

 

Too bad you can't made them a stock item in 1/24 and 1/32 they look great :hmmm: . The same goes for that PE fret l could use two of those in 1/32 but alas l wish beyond one's horizons. :whistle:  :rolleyes:  On the plus side it is good reference as l could make my own drawings and cut parts out in styrene on my cutter. There are always ways around a problem isn't there  :thumbsup: l also managed to acquire the 2018 Corel draw for myself. I am still trying to find my way around that. There a few things on there that is universal to other programs and a few..well exciting features that l want to explore and use. :punk:

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Amazing work and your abilities to design and create PE component sets is out of this world.

Keep ‘em comin

Peter

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Hi folks :)

 

The postman has just dropped the PE off, so time to take a lookat what we have...

 

..rear fuselage floor - this is where the fuselage fuel tank sits...

 

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..and it's rigid layer..

 

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the top layer of the IP, and the IP surround layers..

 

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..the middle layer of the IP - this carries just the bezels..

 

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..one of the fuselage frames and inside it a number of cockpit switch panels - you can see the layers - a solid back layer onto which a detailed relief layer is added. From these designs the decals for all the labeling is scaled so I know they will fit..

 

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..same again with another frame..

 

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..a bunch of fuselage station formers - these need a strip adding to them so they look like a pressing...

 

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..you can see part of the sub-floor here for the main fuselage - the real aircraft has multiple floor panels - this panel is to mount all those sub-panels to, and inside it some more formers - I think this is the spare lamp bulb hatch..

 

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..some of the individual floor panels - these will be laminated with micro plywood as the real ones were wood construction, but with a metal backing like this I can be sure I get the shape right and all the fixings & screws...

 

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..the throttle quadrant and levers..

 

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..and the rudder pedals with their embossed logo & text..

 

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Good show, Peter.  Did you trace or free-hand?

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

Hi Mark - pretty much all of the PE was traced in Coreldraw from manufaturers drawings so they should be bang on for dimensions / proportions. Each of those drawings is dimensioned in inches so I just convert the inches to mm and scale to 1/18 :)

 

So, with all the first tranche of parts done, I can start to make things now and start to get the internal fuselage structure built out..

 

TTFN

Peter

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Nice results.

 

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The fuel selector has engraved copy.  How is that going to relate with the decals?

 

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Not to sound like a hound dog, but the opening is off-center.  I don't know if that matters or not.

 

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69 all the time.  Heh, heh.

 

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That symbol and copy is nice.  No anti-skid tracks?

 

Good show, Peter.

Sincerely,

Mark

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Nice results.

 

 

The fuel selector has engraved copy.  How is that going to relate with the decals?

 

 

That symbol and copy is nice.  No anti-skid tracks?

 

Good show, Peter.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

thanks for stopping by Mark - there is a blank fuel selector seen below it, so I will either use that and the decal, or the etched one will be sprayed black and hopefully I can scrape off the etched relief to leave the bare metal below (like the real one) and not use the decal - so a couple of options in play :)

 

..not sure what you mean by anti skid tracks - the pics I have of the rudder pedals just seem to show them in painted metal so I will have to look a little deeper...

 

I couldn't resist making a quick start on a PE part, so started with a floor panel - this was stuck to some 0.4mm ply I have had since I was a kid, I have no idea where I got it, but it's perfect for this application..

 

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..I drilled out the holes from the back onto a hard sheet of perspex after covering it in tape to stop the surface splintering and put little lengths of lead wire through the holes...

 

..note also I haven't cut the final shape until all this was finished so I have a larger, more stable part to work with rather than lots of little edges and cut-outs.....

 

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..the underneath is a mess of CA holding them all..

 

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..then all the stubs are sanded flush..

 

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..and on the bottom too...

 

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..and then it's cut to shape from the back, using the PE part as a guide..

 

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..I will likely varnish it or something so I can wear off the black paint later for scuff marks..

 

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...will repeat for the other wooden panels..

 

TTFN

 

Peter

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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

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Great job, Peter!

I think I'm jealous, or something like that...

:doh:

 

Peter, how small is the smallest hole in the PE?

Or, how small hole one can get?

I guess it's in the instructions you had put the link for before...

 

Don't stop, please!

Thanks.

 

Juraj

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

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