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"Special" Tamiya P-51

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I'm ready to start thinking about 2020 nationals.  I really wanted a civilian build to take, and finally settled on a P-51 in civilian colors.  When I saw "Bardahl Special" I knew that was the one.  I picked up another Tamiya Mustang for a good price, ordered my decals, and tracked down some drop tanks.  If anyone has any good photos of the cockpit of this aircraft I'd appreciate it.  The actual photo is for reference only as to what she looked like.

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Those are the decals I've ordered Martin.  What's interesting is it seems most everything is white, even the oil tank.  I can find a picture of the later life Bardahl Mustang cockpit during restoration but I'm not sure how it was during its early years.  I'm presuming based on the drop tanks it carried the fuel tank behind the pilot as well and was probably pretty standard up front. 

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The whole thing was coated white , so there is a possibility that the rear tank was removed.

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Excellent.   I couldn't tell if that was what I should go with. So, empty behind the pilot and the battery up front in the nose?

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I have to say that should really be a nice looking '51 model! :thumbsup2::):) Great choice of subjects.

Where did you get the decals? I might want to get some too if they have other subjects.

 

John

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Draw Decals.  They have a ton of civilian options for the Mustang. 

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Thanks' I'll check it out. I have a '51 on the bench right now but it's probably too far along for any civvie mods.

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Cheers.

Tony, apologies for typos in my previous post. Autocorrect took over :)

However here is one interesting shot of the firewall after strip down

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And here is one priceless screen shot from an old Reno-film. The big thing is the discolouration of the cowling panels in relation to the rest of the fuselage. Kinda blueish shade.

I will send you the invoice later LOL 

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Also check out the gear doors and legs. Grey or olive drab. I will look into it later.

 

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From the picture of the engine run, I believe the gear doors and legs are white, and the bays are Green.  However that picture shows them as grey.  It seems this bird got painted a lot, or parts were replaced at different times.  The discoloration on the nose is very interesting.

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Also looks like I need a P-51H prop.  I have a D and K prop but I guess those won't work?

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Another interesting note, the discolored nose has different parts from different times.  Check out the bottom of the R.  It doesnt have the black border on it....

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yeah I just bumped into some more interesting shots. And yes it is pretty clear that this airframe was painted a lot :)

you love me long time 

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fueltanks 

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Aeroproducts 11'1"

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Your the best!  I'm starting to realize I can do whatever I want it seems and at some point the plane would have looked that way...

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Yeah right ? :) Check out the oil streaks on the gear doors. They beat the hell out of these babies.

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Worked on the mighty Merlin a bit today after having lunch with Ernie and Mark.  Somehow ended up with 2 new kits and an eye on a 3rd....

Anywho, does anyone have any idea about the prop I need for this bird? I read it's a P-51H prop.  What type of prop is that and is there an aftermarket one I can use? 

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Aeroproducts Unimatic 11'1",  the closest bet would be the prop. from Bearcat that was 12'7".  Or with some adjustments you can modify cuffed Hamilton Standard that was 11'.

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Awesome project, and as always Martin just finds those obscure images that we never knew existed!

Civvie Mustangs are awesome, I have one to build as the MOBIL Mustang that was here in NZ for the family who used to own it.

Look forward to your progress

Cheers Anthony

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