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Courageous

P-51 B/C Mustang Air Racer

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Hi All.

With my growing interest in Air Racers, I was very much surprised with the prompt delivery from Australia of Hasegawa's box of goodies, this:

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...yum, yum.:Tasty:

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Decals look very nice but they're Hasegawa, so...:shrug:

Both owned by Jacqueline Cochran to set various records; NX28388 article here and N5528N article here.

Not to sure whether I will do both of them in the GB but I will need to get the Mustang II and III at an advanced stage before I'm happy to start another.

 

Stuart

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This is a great variation of the P-51B theme. You must do the blue one, it would satisfy all 361st FG modellers who would like to have blue Mustangs. 😀 Joke aside, the blue one is more colourful since the green one will not look much different from the OD war horses.

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28 minutes ago, Toryu said:

the blue one is more colourful since the green one will not look much different from the OD war horses.

I tend to agree, you never know I might just do both of them, saves any fussin'.

 

Stuart

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3 hours ago, Toryu said:

You must do the blue one,

Obviously i agree  with our esteemed friend 😋

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Ooh very nice, Just got a book on Excalibur III, That would be a nice build one day.

 

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Interesting set Stuart, I hope you have the time to build one!

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Good afternoon Stuart

 Welcome aboard with this civilan Mustang ...

Have fun with your build

Patrice

 

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A very nice choice, Stuart. I intend to get off the military treadmill for a brief foray in to civil Mustangs. I have two in mind, with the decals for one. Good luck with this. It should look great!

 

Martin

 

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I might just be a little bit mad but I've decided to start both the racers.

 

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Cockpits built , painted enclosed within their fuselages. Belts were added, using kitchen foil and painted Vallejo khaki. Having now built the cockpits of both the Hasegawa and KP, the KP has the better cockpits. Still be done is the addition of the fin fillet and the filling of the grill intakes that are located on either side of the lower carburetor intake.

 

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The wheel wells are very shallow but I won't be worrying about that. The flaps unfortunately do not come separately, so I might have to detached them, on at least one a/c anyway. Being racers, unnecessary stuff like gun and ejection ports need to be filled, also the seems need filling to the 40% line.

 

Stuart

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Yes, just a little bit mad... 😀  I wonder if - in the case of a racer - all panel seam lines were filled, even on the fuselage. Is there any photo you could consult?

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4 hours ago, Toryu said:

Is there any photo you could consult?

I have checked images on the links in post #1 and I see no evidence of seams being filled, so I'll be sticking with the 'norm'. What I did notice is that I'll have to hunt down a new prop as Thunderbird was fitted with un-cuffed and polished Hamilton Standard “paddle” blades.

 

Stuart

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This article may have info that can help ? 
 

https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/nx28388/

 

Its about Jackie Cochrans Mustangs and that Jimmy Stewart bought one of them. 
 

OOOPS ! Didn't realize you already had a link to it in the 1st post. 

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Time to get my butt in gear with these two.

 

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Gun ports filled. Cartridge ejection ports filled. Formation lights filled. 40% chord lines filled.

 

Stuart

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They are coming along, Stuart. I'm really looking forward to your "take" on these colourful machines :)

 

Martin 

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1 hour ago, RidgeRunner said:

They are coming along,

Thanks mate, me too.

 

Last update for the evening...

 

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Wings sanded, primed , filled, sanded and primed again. Now fitted to their fuselages. Wing roots are not to bad but I'll give them some PPP to tidy them up, then I'll move to the tail end.

 

Stuart

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