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Randy Lutz

Haitian F-51D Mustang

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Hi all

 

It has been a while since I posted anything, so I thought it time to share my latest finished project.

 

This is an F-51D Mustang, based at Bowen Airfield, Port-au-Prince in the Republic of Haiti, circa 1963.

 

I performed the following minor mods to the kit.

 

Fuselage

 

-               perforated cowl vent panels drilled out

-               antennae wires made from stretched sprue

-               all lift points and vent holes drilled out

-               exhaust pipes drilled out

-               True Details resin cockpit installed

-               canopy brace and pilot’s headrest removed

-               tail wheel doors removed

-               antenna mast replaced with ADF antenna

 

Wings

 

-               raised rivets in the area of the landing gear above and below wings removed

-               landing light replaced with MV Products lens

-               gun barrel openings faired over

-               F-86 Sabre drop tanks installed

-               scratch built pylons and sway braces 

 

Landing Gear

 

-               oleo torque links drilled out

-               new tow rings added

-               wheel hubs drilled out

 

Paint and Decals

 

-               airframe painted with Xtracolor X15 BS627 Light Aircraft Grey and X103 FS11136 Insignia Red

-               all markings are from Xtradecal X48177 North American Bubbletop P-51 Mustang Collection

 

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Cheers

Randy

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Thanks John.  Photos of this Mustang show it to be remarkably clean.  I guess that comes from only using it for about one hour per month.

 

Cheers

Randy

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Thanks much.  I did not take any of the underside, but if I get a chance I will.

 

Cheers

Randy

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Awsome 

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1 hour ago, Papa Delta said:

Was curious what the wheel well colors were.

Rear spar is zinc chromate yellow, the longitudinal spar separating the two gear bays is chromate green, while the remainder is bare metal.

 

Cheers

Randy

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Very smart build of what is still a pretty decent kit. I struggled with the canopy when I built one many moons ago. Love the scheme and the very neat and tidy paintwork.

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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Beautiful Mustang. Looks pristine and very well made. 

51 minutes ago, Steve27752 said:

Very nice, what purpose does the device on the upper fuselage have?

Looks like an ADF aerial mount, it's a direction-finding receiver that tunes to fixed non-directional beacons for navigation or homing. 

 

Alan 

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Very smart, looks really good!

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13 hours ago, Baldy said:

Very smart build of what is still a pretty decent kit. I struggled with the canopy when I built one many moons ago. Love the scheme and the very neat and tidy paintwork.

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

Thanks Malcolm.

 

I agree, the clear parts are the biggest problem with this kit, but they can be dealt with, if you treat them like any other part of the model.  They can be sanded and polished to properly blend them in.

 

Cheers

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Hi Randy,

 

Lovely build, and nice to see one from a different period.  It looks like something out of a Tin Tin adventure!

 

bob

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Thanks Steve.

 

I believe Alan has answered your question much better than I would have been able.

 

Cheers

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8 hours ago, Alan P said:

Beautiful Mustang. Looks pristine and very well made. 

Looks like an ADF aerial mount, it's a direction-finding receiver that tunes to fixed non-directional beacons for navigation or homing. 

 

Alan 

Thanks Alan, and thanks for jumping in on Steve's question.

 

Cheers

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6 hours ago, F-32 said:

Very smart, looks really good!

Thank you.

 

Cheers

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4 hours ago, Shashman said:

Really smart, clean build. Beautiful.

Much appreciated.

 

Cheers

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3 hours ago, gingerbob said:

Hi Randy,

 

Lovely build, and nice to see one from a different period.  It looks like something out of a Tin Tin adventure!

 

bob

HI Bob

 

Thanks much.  If you get a chance, read up on the Haitian usage of the Mustang.  It is pretty interesting.

 

Cheers

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