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Caerbannog

Excalibur III P-51C Tamiya 1:48

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I took some new pics of old kits the past week and will post more of them the coming days.

 

This is "Excalibur III" previously owned by Paul Mantz (he won the '46 and '47 Bendix with this plane), which was flown by Capt. Charles F. Blair from Norway across the North Pole to Alaska in a record-setting 10.5 hours. I read somewhere that he dropped a letter to Santa for his son (?) over the North Pole :-)

Another record flight was done later from NY to London.

Excalibur III was a P-51C with wet wing conversion (by Mantz).

 

The kit is Tamiya, with Hasegawa prop and DIY decals. One glich is the inner u/c doors which should be up. Maybe I will correct this now. Easy enough.

 

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Here is some more background of the real Excalibur III:

https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/29-may-1951/

 

René

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I love these ex military aircraft in civil colours. Beautifully built. With regards to the inner undercarriage doors, with the engine running they were normally closed. On retraction they opened to allow the gear to retract then closed. when the engine was shut down, hydraulic pressure would usually bleed off allowing then to slowly open under gravity. To relive stress on the system, there was a "Tee" handle in the cockpit to depressurise the hydraulics so the doors and sometimes the flaps were normally open when parked. An Aussie civil Mustang (VH-BOB) was damaged in a wheels up landing having had a hinge bracket on an inner door failed on take off, interrupting the whole process so as to not allow complete extension or retraction of the landing gear.

 

  Well Done,   Trev.

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Thanks Trev. I basicaly know of the hydraulic system of the P-51, but seem to remember that the B/C versions had a different system to the D. On the D the inner doors and the flaps drop by their own weight once the engine shuts down and the hydraulic pressure vanishes. But on the B/C the inner doors do not drop automatically. I would have to look it up and maybe I am mistaken, but this is what I had in my memory and a quick search revealed several photos of parked P-51 high backs with the inner doors up. No proof though.

René

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It just go's to show you that it doesn't pay to give an opinion until all the facts are known. I hadn't considered that the B and C models may be different to the system installed in the D and CAC built examples and wrongly assumed that they were the same.

As they say your never too old to learn something.

 

  All the best<  Trev.

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Nice to see a military aircraft in civil guise,welll tidy mun.:clap2:

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