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Olivier de St Raph

Missouri Armada P-51D Mustang: documents and partial scratch from the Tamiya 1/48 kit

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The  Eduard PE sliding canopy rail is much too thin. 2 more docs showing that and some other details:

Doc. 89: 

1- As I said above, the Eduard PE must be thickened

2- This black joint is missing on some of the docs I saw (6, 18 and 90 below), while it seems to be present on other ones (24, 33). I wonder if it must be represented...



Doc. 90:

1- we can see rivets (on the doc. 89 too..) here, to add.

2- In the hollows of the rail, the color is IG, the rest is to paint, as I said above, alu mat.








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In photo 89 number 1 would be the canopy rail and number 2 looks like some sort of weather seal. I would say that this aircraft is a restored warbird as the starboard wall is non standard and the stick grip looks like it came from an early jet.



Edited by Biggles87

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Hi Olivier, some pics of that area, in the last picture with pilot Don blakeslee can be seen "no step" written on the eddge of the sliding canopy rail.












Edited by antonio argudo

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Thanks a lot, Antonio for your docs.

Indeed, on this doc, we can read "no step" and there seems to be a thin joint (rubber?). 



But I must admit I still wonder what I should represent:  indeed, in some pics, there seems to be nothing:



 while there seems to be a metal squarre shape sliding rail on other ones:






... and a rubber rounded shape on other ones, especially the John England Missouri Armada:






In front of such contradictory docs, and because I am building the Missouri Armada, I will choose the weather seal option.

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I have begun to scratchbuild the portion that will thicken the too thin PE part, using 0,5 mm x 0,5 mm squarre section Evergreen:



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1- The Tamiya part doesn’t take in consideration the cut for the K14 as we can see on the 5th Antonio doc above. I made this cut.

2- The same doc, and other ones, shows rivets here. I have added them.

3- Added too, the thin weather seal, black grey. 

4- I have glued in place the scratch part (pic 78) with the small holes. I have painted it alu but on the doc 24D with England, it seems to be rather dark grey, as on the doc 92. I will change that...


P.S: the more I look at this canopy rail, the more I think the Eduard holes (on the outside) are much too small. I wonder if I should not redo them completely by scratch...

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I have just ordered on ebay the ref. 8203 from Evergreen: 0,56 mm x 0,84 mm rectangular strip, with the idea to replace my canopy rail, not very satisfying as I just said above. I won't get it before at least 3 weeks. Meanwhile, I will work on other aspects...

The Eduard PE was not high enough (about 0,5 mm), with consequently too small outside holes...

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