Incredible Mustang model.

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  1. Airframes

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    This might not be quite the right place to post this, but, rather than post it in the modelling forums, I thought perhaps more people can enjoy this beautiful model if shown here.
    This is a large (I think around 1/8th scale), 'scratch-built', metal, P-51D, now on display in the main entrance foyer of the RAF Museum, Cosford, and photographed during my visit yesterday.
    In the markings of Capt. Donald Emerson, of the 4th FG, 8th USAAF, Debden, UK, the model, or perhaps more correctly, 'engineering miniature', has been built by the same person who built a similar Spitfire replica, on show at the RAFM, Hendon.
    The pictures speak for themselves, but just to clarify, those images which appear to be upside-down and laterally reversed, are shots of the underside taken in the mirror base of the display plinth, the size of which can be judged by the surroundings, and my mate Mick, behind the display case.
     

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    Simply outstanding. Many thanks, Terry.
     
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    Smashing job. :cool: Thank you Terry for posting and sharing these pics. :thumbright:
     
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    My pleasure. I could have stood there all day, just looking at the beautiful workmanship.
     
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    No wonder my friend, no wonder ... P-51 cadillac of the sky.. :)
     
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    That realy is too much.
     
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    incredible
     
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    Outstanding. I would have loved to have watched a WIP on this aircraft or the Spitfire.

    Geo
     
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    That is just amazing!
     
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    Simply BEEEAUTIFUL !!! Thanks for posting Terry!
     
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    Terry - I've had some correspondence with the builder - both to congratulate him and also note that the Gun Camera Port on a -5NA was circular - not square. The square port change was made in the third block of the P-51D-10NA run.

    He (can't recall but will dig into my email files) didn't rip me for being anal but was quite gracious for the info. It is the best I have ever seen.
     
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    Great stuff Bill. I've only ever seen photos of his Spitfire, as I haven't been to RAFM Hendon for quite some time. Seeing the Mustang blew me away !
    Place it in the right, outdoor setting, and photograph or film it at a 'scale' angle, and it would pass for the real thing (camera port aside!).
    The photos don't really do it justice, as the entire model ( a poor description, it's more of a miniaturised replica, beautifully engineered) has the look of the real thing, right down to flush rivets, stressed skin, the lot.
    Is there any chance you can contact him and see if it's possible for him to post some pics of the internal construction, cockpit detail etc?
    I'm assuming it's been constructed (as was his Spitfire) the same as the full-sized aircraft, with all the correct frames, longerons and stringers, spars and ribs, and must be a marvelous sight 'under the skin'.
    I went back to look at it twice before we left the museum and, seeing it 'in the flesh' really makes an impression, even if just for its sheer size, compared to just 2D photos.
     
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    Wow what a beauty. Wish I had the patience, skil, time and space to have a go at something similar.

    Can anyone tell me what the black cross is below the victory markings in picture 5.
     
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    I think it had something to do with the fuel rating...

    thumb-SERVICE STENCIL 2 P-51D.jpg

    Geo
     
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    It's the C of G indicator marker, first used on the 'C' model when the fuselage tank was introduced, and of course to 'B's' retrofitted with the tank.
     
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    Yes, I've seen his work before, and it's excellent. However, this Mustang (and the earlier Spitfire, on display at RAFM, Hendon) is much larger, and every part is to precise scale, assembled / constructed in the same way as the original, full-size aircraft. The wingspan of the Mustang is around 5 or 6 feet and, thinking about it, the model is probably larger than the 1/8th scale I mentioned.
    Unfortunately, I was so engrossed taking pics of the model, I forgot to photograph the title and detail placards on the base of the display case, the latter standing approximately five feet high, and around 8 x 8 feet !
     
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    Thanks for that Terry.

    Geo
     
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    A few years ago I went to see them in person. Somehwere in the archives is a bunch of pictures I posted of his two models.
     
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    This model piece of artwork shows the difference between a craftsman and an artisan.
     
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