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Re: 1/33 P-51D Mustangs
« Reply #88 on: September 18, 2013, 05:07:34 PM »
Time to put a cockpit in...
heres a couple of shots of the cockpit being assembled (I have shown this before,
so I won't get too carried away with stuff)...first, all the parts of the tub itself:



...and I have added a couple of tips based on some of the builds I have seen.
Not everyone gets it right.
Sometimes the instructions aren't all that clear.



Once the cockpit is completed, it easily slips in from below.
This includes the rear cockpit section (radio, fuel tank)



Then just line up the top edge of the cockpit sides with the cutout in the fuselage.
There is a visible matching section to line it up flush with.
You only need glue the side rails to the fuselage.



And then install the Instrument panel shroud to complete the assembly.
Time to fit some wings!





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Re: 1/33 P-51D Mustangs
« Reply #89 on: September 18, 2013, 05:26:45 PM »
So, I fitted the wing assembly to Miss America.
No issues, everything lined up.
I keep meaning to make a note about trimming the lower fuselage to fit the wings.
I keep forgetting to do so.
Its not a big deal, but you have to cut the lower fuselage back, just slightly, to the
marked line...which allows the wing spars to fit.

In the end I get the wings on okay and glued into place...



but then!...
I pulled my usual stunt.
Butter fingers.
And dropped the plane.
Ofcourse, the plane lands on one wing end and crunches the wing.
So now, theres a little crease near the fuselage I have to live with.
I tried to smooth it out, but no way.



While I'm fuming over the mishap, I deal with the tail wings.
Cut the spar hole, slide the spar through the fuselage tail end...
test fit the wings, and then glue them into place!



...
Next up, is the lower intake and air scoop...
this part requires a joiner.
I've tried designing one, but every time I build one of these planes, the tabs line up slightly different.
Just enough that I have to scratch make a new joiner.
Thats why I have not included this joiner in the kit.

The scoop will install without tabs...or you can make your own.
I've already assembled the scoop, but first, I place the fairing into the fuselage:



Nice fit on this one!
ready to receive the scoop assembly.



The scoop will butt join or attach over the pre-installed tabs.
This one went on fairly nicely.
It all depends on how well you fit the wings to the fuselage.
Not every one is perfect for me!



One of the last things to do...
install the lower air outlet doors.
These are of course an optional item.
On an Air Racer like this, they would be open for cooling, but only after a high speed run.






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Re: 1/33 P-51D Mustangs
« Reply #90 on: September 18, 2013, 05:35:27 PM »
oops, i forgot about the wing fairings and the exhausts.

Preformed parts, ready to go on.
The D model fairings are a little easier to install than the B/C fairings.
just seem to fall into place a little better.

And because of time constraints, I opted for the simple exhaust parts.



I have to fit another radio antenna...didn't like the first design, so I am adjusting...
and I started creating a clear plastic canopy, but failed again with the bubble section. lol
One day I will figure it out, but for now Miss America gets the paper treatment.





And I did a little modification on the P51 stand just for this build,
but I think I will add the stand into the model.



and, as you can see, I left off the props, thinking its an "in-flight" look...
so now I better go do a pilot cutout!

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Re: 1/33 P-51D Mustangs
« Reply #91 on: September 19, 2013, 01:24:49 AM »
Wow!!

Really nice, clean and awesome!!

Thanks for posting more photos on how to (better) build your Mustang.
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Re: 1/33 P-51D Mustangs
« Reply #92 on: April 09, 2015, 09:29:49 AM »
In amongst other projects, I keep working on new Mustangs...
I still have a few in my to-do list.

And heres a couple I have already finished and are ready for release.
I just decided to wait until I had seen some test builds.
A couple of people have agreed to build the kits for me and they are currently working on them.
Once I see that there are no serious issues, I'll post them to the store.

I got a suggestion last year, to do a Mustang as used by the Chinese Air Force.
Apparently there are a couple of Mustangs sitting in Chinese Museums.

And after some research, I found that surplus Mustangs were used by the Nationalist Forces
in their fight against Communist forces after WW2.  Looks like PLAF didn't really have an Air Force
but they acquired what was left of the CNAF when Nationalists gave up and left the country in the late 40s.
But without trained Pilots or any spare parts, the planes were not much more than trophies.

I decided to offer up both versions of a Chinese P51 ...an original CNAF paint scheme based on an actual
combat fighter, and then the PLAF captured and repainted version similar to what sits in the Beijing Museum today.





This next Mustang is one suggested by my pal Ray, back when I was looking for Air Racer ideas.
It made me chuckle at the time...."oh, you're serious?"...because not only did I not like the paint scheme,
but I knew it would be a nightmare to recreate.

Okay, so the paint scheme is actually a tribute to a lot of fighters, squadrons and WW2 heroes
but I was right about it being a paper model nightmare! lol
It was a long and frustrating job, getting all the artwork in place.
Almost as bad....no wait, it was worse....than doing a camo!

Anyway, as soon as we are sure it all goes together okay, I'll add this one to the store aswell.



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