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I was sent this by a modeling mate, and although I knew some of the history of the aircraft involved, there was a lot therein that was new to me and possibly to many of you, as well. My idol Jimmy Stewart owned one of the Mustangs in the article, and I have read accounts that he sometimes flew it to various bases when he was on active duty with the AF reserve. It is interesting that the P-51B's and C's always seemed to capable of higher speeds than the D's and K's- maybe due to the much smoother airflow over the fuselage compared to the bubble canopy versions. A very exciting time when high performance aircraft could be bought for a pittance and modified for pylon and distance racing. With the 130/150 octane avgas readily available at that time, those V-1650's could really produce some horsepower! I hope you enjoy reading the histories of these Mustangs, and they would make interesting modeling projects! Mike https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/2020/01/01/
A model from last year, to add to the Northrop Delta posts: There is a nostalgic pleasure, as many of you know, found in old kits that are around and still can hold relatively well, and may be made into a decent model or converted to a variant not available in the market. Such a model is Williams Brothers' Northrop Gamma. But once the box was out, I remembered the Conqueror-powered version (2G) commissioned by Jackie Cochran to enter in the 1934 MacRobertson England-to-Australia race. The Gamma is per se a very appealing design with its radial, but so is this beautiful two-place in-line racer of polished lines. There are failures that are a success. In this case an aesthetic success if nothing else. The engine kept giving grief, and the plane never entered the competition, being later re-engined back to radial. But those lines, oh, those lines. So the conversion started by selecting the parts of the kit that were still applicable to the build and adjusting the areas that needed modification (canopies are in this version way far back), modifying parts as needed. A complete new nose would have to be constructed with its prominent chin liquid radiator fairing. My dear friends the Ornithopters came to the rescue (especially Sönke, the Evil Genius from Volkania) with the graphic material necessary to make an accurate version, and I had already a folder on this machine with some images collected along the way, mostly from the Net. Arctic Decals produced the decal sheet, that I believe is now offered as a join venture with a Dekno resin set that includes a new fuselage and needed parts. The decals for sure are available, the resin set was a limited edition endeavor, so you will have to check. The Dekno parts are not based on my parts, they developed their own masters, and I have no commercial ties to this offering in any way. Here the very racy Cochrane machine: Aside the Experimental Gamma -just posted as a RFI too: