Thursday, October 23, 2008

P-51D Mustang - Sport Scale Rubber Model

The P-51D Mustang is a very popular model aeroplane subject - and for good reason. The sight and sound of one in flight is just as iconic and neck-tingling as the Spitfire. The P-51D is recognisable by its teardrop bubble canopy, fin gusset (although not every D model has one) and distinctive "kink" in the wing LE near the root. is a superb resource for information on these amazing planes. They served in air forces all over the world.

For some time, I've been wanting to build Dick Baxter's 14.5" sport scale rubber power design, plans for which are available at
SFA. You can see the relationship of this design to his Akro model. It's a fairly simple to build rubber model that can be flown outdoors or with care indoors. All you really need are some 1/16" square spars, a bit of 1/16 sheet and a 1/8 square spar. Clearly, he has tried to avoid tricky building and curves while at the same time, creating a fair impression of the full-size plane. It seems like a well thought out design.

I started off with the canopy. This is the first time I've ever tried to hot-stretch canopies out of discarded packaging plastic. It's great fun!

Airframe is fairly easy to build, though a bit fiddly. Here are the wings.

More pictures to follow.

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