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


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On 6/2/2019 at 8:53 AM, airscale said:

the other side has an indented oval (no idea what it is...) so this was made, then attatched to the skin and a hole made in the fuselage to accept the adaptation..


The indented detail is 106-31079 cup assembly - fuel vent pressure.  This had to be for the fuselage mounted fuel tank.  It's install drawing is cover assembly 102-31079.  Your detail looks really good but you can study the drawings anyway.  Keep up the great work!

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evening all :)


thanks for saying such nice things :)


On 6/18/2019 at 7:14 PM, JayW said:


The indented detail is 106-31079 cup assembly - fuel vent pressure.  This had to be for the fuselage mounted fuel tank.  It's install drawing is cover assembly 102-31079.  Your detail looks really good but you can study the drawings anyway.  Keep up the great work!


Thanks Jay - always appreciate you helping me understand the airframe :) I have made the covers but will not attatch them until much later so they don't get squashed..



On 6/19/2019 at 1:44 PM, HawkTR1 said:

Peter, I hate you!!!!! So masterful. You are killing all us mear mortals. I work at a Litho Plate Specialist for the world's largest manufacturer. I have huge private stash of 0.30 and 0.15 gauge if you need any. It is aircraft grade 1050 aluminium. Let me know if you need any. 



Now that is an offer I can't refuse Hawk! I will definately be in touch :)


I added the hatches & panels to the underside and rivetted - there are a number of small fragile cup shaped air scoops to be added both sides of the main structure, but I will do that much later so I don't damage them..


I will also do the doors for the oil & radiator coolant exhausts at some point down the line..








..with that done - I need to stop skinning and get the cockpit finished & installed as the scary bit will be building up and skinning the rear canopy area. I learned from the Spitfire not to race too far ahead with skinning as when you need to do major bodywork & filler it can be really difficult not to damage it and to work around it..


so remindingmyself where I was, I found a few assemblies to do...


..first the Hydraulic Hand Pump seen here..


..nice turned handle, a tubular & hex section piston case and some cast bracketry..




..I made up a kit of parts - the most complex of which was the piston housing - this was done from hex brass stock on my lathe... I have so much to learn using that tool...




..the parts were painted & assembled..




..and a dry fit to check it all fits in..




..next the Landing Gear Control Handle.. the black funny shaped thing seen here under the vertical trim wheel..




..this was made from two chunks of square brass stock, shaped with a cutting disc in my dremel...




..not perfect, but near enough for me..




..and painted and it's decal added..




..lastly, the control column and mount..


..I actually made the column ages ago and don't know what I did with the WIP pics, but suffice to say the pistol grip was shaped from a chunk of plastic and had various fittings & the trigger added, the shaft was turned in my dremel with it's subtle taper..


The torsion tube mount thing is again ground from a chunk of brass and is very simplified as all it needs to do is represent the shapes as it all sits under a cloth gaiter..






..it is articulated, so you could go flying :)




..not painted it yet, but in situ for reference..




..should get another good stint in tomorrow so may be back soon..




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hello again fellow modellers :)

On 6/29/2019 at 9:47 PM, JayW said:

Lathe?  Can you show us some pictures of your lathe?



Hi Jay - it's just a cheap Chinese one, but seems perfectly adequate for my needs - I just need to learn how to use it :)





On 6/30/2019 at 9:02 PM, Trak-Tor said:

Ehmm, Peter, there's something new and shining flying over England these days:


G-IRTY by David Whitworth, on Flickr


But I think you're not thinking about your next project yet, are you?






Ahh - that is one good looking Spit - but having done one, I doubt I will do another (especially as it was my favourite Mark..) :)



On 7/2/2019 at 10:50 AM, Chek said:

... and while you're over on Flickr, there's a half dozen very nice hi-res shots of LHIII at Oshkosh last July.


They are really useful - thanks Chek, I have lots of resto shots, but very, very few of it actually finished so these are brilliant!


..I have been away much of the week, so just a little more done - but each part is one more step towards completion!


..firstly, the control column was finished & painted - I just need to work out what to make the canvas gaiter from as all the materials I have the weave is over scale..






..and dry fitted in place..




..next, the rudder pedals... these are in Lopes Hope... a very obvious feature is the writing on the faces




..this was taken care of by making PE parts - here the rounded shape is being imparted by taping & rolling over some brass rod..




..soon the base pedals were made..




..then a kit of parts assembled, including the forks that hold them..




..I checked and only the bottom of the assembly can be seen, so all the upper gubbins was pretty much ignored..




..and these were then painted and some light scuffing - washes & weathering will come much later...




..thats it for now..



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