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Old Feb 02, 2013, 06:30 PM
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Everything you ever wanted to know about why the dorsal fin was fitted to Mustangs, both low and high back versions. It may not be for the reasons generally accepted!

http://www.mustangsmustangs.us/theha...hp?topic=388.0
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 07:25 PM
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Thanks guys I am glad to have created a talking point.

I appreciate the nice comments but there are more differences than just drop tanks and fuel caps but many manufacture models with worse scale inaccuracies.

A couple more pics of my model and one of the offending dorsal fin strake on the full size plane.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 07:45 PM
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If it flies it flies.........

Thats all that matters in this case.

True scale modification can be very very nice to do but flying the model is the most fun.
Though I myself love modding a plane to scale.

KM
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 07:51 PM
We got some flyin' to do!
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Let the people with nothing else better to do pick your plane to pieces Lexta; you've done an outstanding job on your model and I think you should be applauded for your efforts....keep up the great work!

Like KH said, if it flies, that's the nexus where history and fun intersect. And besides, when it's flying, from 20 or more feet away, nobody can see anything more than a B model Mustang, and in the end, that's all that really matters
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 10:25 PM
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Let the people with nothing else better to do pick your plane to pieces Lexta; you've done an outstanding job on your model and I think you should be applauded for your efforts....keep up the great work!

Like KH said, if it flies, that's the nexus where history and fun intersect. And besides, when it's flying, from 20 or more feet away, nobody can see anything more than a B model Mustang, and in the end, that's all that really matters
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 11:04 PM
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I wasn't nitpicking or bashing anyone's build- the dorsal fin looked weird on the model and the full size, something I've never noticed on a B or C.
I've been an aircraft mechanic, artist and a model builder my whole life, so its in my nature to notice stuff. I also know that that I don't know everything, unless your one of my kids, then I do know everything!

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Old Feb 02, 2013, 11:22 PM
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Not meant as a personal attack on you Steve by any stretch of the imagination...

I'm just a little weary of all the "scale police" out there noting all the "defects" with some of these models. I've always felt if someone's gonna go through all the trouble to modify their planes to look like something they like, then I'll support their efforts and laud their creativity

There are alot of creative folks displaying their work here on RCG, and on this thread in particular. You just never know what's gonna show up !

Cheers,
John
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Old Feb 03, 2013, 03:48 AM
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Just a small example of what little work can make something look more scale and fun.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1717

With thanx to BrandonMoon.

KM
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Old Feb 03, 2013, 09:19 AM
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I'm just a little weary of all the "scale police" out there noting all the "defects" with some of these models. I've always felt if someone's gonna go through all the trouble to modify their planes to look like something they like, then I'll support their efforts and laud their creativity
I think you can support someones efforts, while at the same time pointing out areas where there can be improvement. If we just praised everything, nothing would get any better. I think it's all in how someone presents their comments, like "that's really a great model, but did P-51Bs have fin strakes?" Besides nicely questioning what the modeler did, it also gives you an out since you're not definitively declaring what he did was wrong.
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Old Feb 03, 2013, 09:24 AM
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Enjoy guys, lots of warbirds in here.
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Old Feb 03, 2013, 09:59 AM
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Unboxing is finished!
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Old Feb 03, 2013, 11:12 AM
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Well as a guy that's been pouring over this stuff since my eyes have been open, I can't believe how wrong I was about something so well known. What an amateur mistake.

Steve
The thing about that period of history (war) is that there was a rapid movement in aeronautic technology, creating a LOT of variety and some real oddities...the McDonnel XP-67 Moonbat, for instance. I can easily see, also, some enterprising crew chief requisitioning a "replacement" fin strake...or cannibalizing a really beat up "D model". Come to think of it, finding documentation of an extensively field-modded warbird would make for a good scale project!
End ramble...
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Old Feb 03, 2013, 11:24 PM
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Old Feb 04, 2013, 04:39 AM
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Enjoy guys, lots of warbirds in here.
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Yes, there was! It was quite enjoyable to watch too - much better than the usual offering which is nothing more than a blue rectangle with a pair of dark pixels somewhere in the frame
Nice work - have yourself a beer!
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 05:01 PM
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Just finished- Now wait for weather

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