|Apr 07, 2011, 10:24 PM|
Starmax 63" P-51 "Gunfighter": The Arsenal.
I couldn't live with those "Bombs/Drop Tanks"?.....or whatever they are, so I set out to change things up a bit!
The first thing I needed to figure out was how to mount the pylons to the wings? Using the recessed area for the original "whatevers" I made a couple of 1/16" mounting plates. To attach the plates to the wings I epoxied two 3mm blind nuts. To get the bend in the plates to conform to the curvature of the wing I clamped them to a form and subjected them to some intensely hot water, and then a nice suntan under the broiler in my oven.
I already had a set of pylons made up so all I needed to do was sand the needed curvature in the base to fit the wing, so I used my oscillating drum sander to achieve that. Once the plates had cooled down I attached them to the pylons with a couple of screws and then mounted the finished pylons to the wings with 3mm x 3/16" button heads.
With the Fourmost Bomb Release I am able to exchange either the 500 lbs. Bombs, or the 75 gal. Drop Tanks.
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