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Old 04-21-2020, 04:07 PM
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Another small update:

I glassed and primed the control surfaces and air scoop. I will add spot putty next followed by some more filler primer

. I also worked on the wing and attached drop tanks (actual drop tanks not pictured). They're off a Hangar 9 P-51 20cc ARF. They're not exactly flush, but they work.











Old 04-21-2020, 05:49 PM
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7aso do you have any molds for royal cowls?
I've got plastic parts and cowls for p61, and hell cat.
Old 04-22-2020, 03:09 AM
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I do not. Have you tried Fiberglassspecialties
Old 04-22-2020, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by 7aso View Post
I do not. Have you tried Fiberglassspecialties
I have but there is a lot that they don't have
Old 04-27-2020, 01:35 PM
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I put the wing aside and focused on the fuselage. After all, it deserves a new coat of paint after 11 years!

My Warbird colors came in and I decided to slap on the primer after a final sand, panel line adjustment and rivets.

The colors:



Dark Green 34079 - Fuselage
Medium Sea Grey 36270 - Under fuselage
Orange Yellow (aka Insignia) 33538 - Nose
Insignia Red 31136 - Nose
Insignia White 37875 - Invasion stripes
Flat Black 37083
- Invasion stripes

My target look:


Final sanding + rivets:


Panel line touch up:


Primer added:

Final starting to come to life:



Next up is to mask off where the invasion stripes with will be and add panel lines to control surfaces.

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Where did you order the war bird colors from?
Old 05-03-2020, 01:31 PM
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Where did you order the war bird colors from?
https://warbirdcolors.com/
Old 05-03-2020, 01:33 PM
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Fuse painted. Control surfaces are next followed by the wing







A few more touch ups and the checkered color nose
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All control surfaces glassed, added panel lines and primed for final paint. I tacked them on just for photos.

Wing has also been glassed.



It's finally starting to come along:







I slapped the canopy on just for looks. I still need to work on the cockpit before I glue it on.

The wing still needs a lot of work. Spot putty will be added, primed, sanded, primed again and then final paint. Weathering is the final step, but that's still a while to go.
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3M spot putty added on this rainy day




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Wing, along with all control surfaces and nose, primed and ready for paint this weekend






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First itís been a long time since Iíve been around med issues make typing very difficult so forgive a few mistakes.
next my compliments on a workable functional scale exhaust. Iíve built several on a Ziroli P51. Itís pretty difficult to squeeze it all in under the cowl. And still be low restriction. Heat is ever present too. I had scale functional exhaust on my Ziroli Corsair that worked out very well. I also built them on a 120Ē Ziroli B25. An interesting thing happened on this one. I at first tried to keep the pipes as short as possible but one side just had to be longer to function. This caused a tuning effect making one motor hard to keep running right. I finally just added length to the short side to approximate the the long side. From there both motors ran very well. I use copper tubing and elbows but weighed each piece cutting off the maximum amount to get the minumum weight down as low as possible. I TIG welded the entire systems. Copper is not hard to tig weld if you use good copper filler. Alternated you can use silicone bronze but the filler is pretty expensive. Still does a good job however. The Corsair flew gor 13 years without any maintenance other than cleaning the pipes each year. I still have it somewhere.

nexy I considered building in a tunnel for the scoop intake as it is a big drag producer. I didnít do it at the last thought just to finish the model.
looking the feature up on our wonderful interne I fount it called the ďMeredith effectĒ.
its ver complicated but gave about 400 pounds of thrust plus helped the streamlining. In a model it would only reduce drag somewhat. I donít think you could get any usable thrust.even with a liquid cooled motor. Thermodynamics donít scale down very well in our models.but it would be worth it for drag reduction. Surprisingly my big Corsair was generally faster then the same scale size P51 that flew back then. I ran my motor much harder than others as it was expected of me being a drag racer. Essentually run on kill all the time. I did a lot with props based on some of the quarter scale pylon racers I knew. I seemed to have s few more rpms than other guys but it was a lot of fun flying back then. Just to give an idea of a racer flying these. Props were $25-30 back then and I had at least a dozen and a half at any given time. All at least balanced near dead. Most had so minor alteration. I flew at a field that was notoriously rough and broke or nicked three props in an afternoon. It was just too easy to get caught in a hole or rut and nose the plane over.

anyway I was just curious to see if anyone was ďtunneling their P51.
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All paint done except lower nose. Checkerboard painting and masking is very time consuming.




Weathering is next!
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Weathering complete. Maybe a few touch ups here and there, but overall it's ready for the dreaded water decals.

I still need to complete the lower nose and work on the cockpit.






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Looks awesome you are quite skilled with detailing.
what are you using for decals?
I've looked around for a while trying to find a way to duplicate the original decals in the kits and keep coming hitting road blocks. But I have a possible answer, an alps printer is so far the only option for printing white on clear decal paper.
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I might just make a stencil and paint the insignias on myself. We'll see..

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