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Interesting. Revell P-51B, upgrade?

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The old revell P-51B is a better point to start a correction, short of owning the Jerry Rutman one.  Trumpeter is way off.  Even if you graft the resin nose to the Trumpy kit, you still have a problem with the wing shape.  I already compared the new revell P-51D as a quick comparison of the accuracy of the lines.  Literally, even if the old P-51B had raised lines, they fall almost exactly to the panel lines in the P-51D.  I initially considered grafting the revell D nose to the B, but chickened out in trying to destroy a really nice kit. 

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My nose has been engineered using a reproduction of the Revell P-51D Early upper cowl and has been grafted on to the P-51B lower nose at the midpoint of the exhaust outlets. The resin nose has a smooth featureless surface. For one simple reason. The update can not be done without rescribing the whole model. Rescribing is a very personal thing for modelers and everybody has their techniques. Me? I prefer deeper lines. Others prefer lighter. some prefer pencil. I can go on, but you get the point. I would only be frustrating the builder who would have to fill my recessed lines in before doing it their way. 

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3 hours ago, MikeMaben said:

Hi Kevin, are you selling the parts individually ?

 

 

Sure Mike!  I do have three ala'carte sets listed. One for all the clear parts, one gives you just the nose with exhausts, and prop/spinner, and the third set gives you the fuel tanks, pylons, and wheels. if there is a specific part you need, I'm happy to fill that outside of Ebay as a direct sale. 

One member has asked if he can buy using the classic method of check in the mail. Message me if this is your preferred manner of purchase.  

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9 hours ago, docdodj01 said:

The old revell P-51B is a better point to start a correction, short of owning the Jerry Rutman one.  Trumpeter is way off.  Even if you graft the resin nose to the Trumpy kit, you still have a problem with the wing shape.  I already compared the new revell P-51D as a quick comparison of the accuracy of the lines.  Literally, even if the old P-51B had raised lines, they fall almost exactly to the panel lines in the P-51D.  I initially considered grafting the revell D nose to the B, but chickened out in trying to destroy a really nice kit. 

 

It's a little more complicated then grafting a P-51D nose to the B kit. The windscreens are different. I adapted my one piece cowl to the B kit windscreen/instrument coaming. Hence the reason for the cuts being made behind the coaming down through the forward wingroots. It's the least destructive manner. 

 

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54 minutes ago, 109ace said:

 

It's a little more complicated then grafting a P-51D nose to the B kit. The windscreens are different. I adapted my one piece cowl to the B kit windscreen/instrument coaming. Hence the reason for the cuts being made behind the coaming down through the forward wingroots. It's the least destructive manner. 

 


All this is part of the fun!  
 

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2 hours ago, 109ace said:

 

It's a little more complicated then grafting a P-51D nose to the B kit. The windscreens are different. I adapted my one piece cowl to the B kit windscreen/instrument coaming. Hence the reason for the cuts being made behind the coaming down through the forward wingroots. It's the least destructive manner. 

 

I know. I was actually had a crazy thought to cut up the Revell D and B, similar to how the Revell D parts would be like. Especially the wheel wells of the D. The wings of the new D is a drop fit to the B fuselage, with the exception of wing root parts since the D model had a extension.  But like you mentioned I realized I couldn’t massacre a new tool kit to update an old one. It would be a waste on a well done, brand new D kit.

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