Project "Bald Eagle" P51 Micro mod (1stVideo post 89). - RC Groups
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Sep 25, 2010, 06:58 PM
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Project "Bald Eagle" P51 Micro mod (1stVideo post 89).

Of all the P51 paint schemes out there the two that are stand outs for me are the Bald Eagle, and Quick Silver. This will be my rendition of the Bald Eagle based on the parkzone P-51 airframe. This is a very ambitious project and im looking forward to a great finished model. As with all of my projects, it will be a learning curve. If it does not mature into a fantastic flying model, It will at the very least be a beautiful static display. The list of mods going into this model is daunting to say the least. The most important issue of course being weight gain and distribution. I will list each modification as I get to it as I want to monitor this and I dont want to reveal too much.

For those not familiar with the Jim Beasleys bird, here she is in all her glory.
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Sep 25, 2010, 07:09 PM
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What happened to the micro p-51D major mods thread?
Sep 25, 2010, 07:27 PM
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Stage 1. Prepping the bare fuse for finish.

I started by sanding all parts free of molding dimples and removing all excess foam from everywhere I could find it. I cut off the canopy as I plan to form my own at a later time. I sanded the fuselage lightly with 600 grit paper to even out the irregularities. I also sanded off the rear scoop hatch under the belly.
Sep 25, 2010, 07:31 PM
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Now let's see that 4-bladed prop too!
Sep 25, 2010, 07:53 PM
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Reinforcing the tail feathers.

I removed the yellow paint from the rudder with clear tape and strengthened the tail by inserting a piece of carbon rod. I also reinforced the weak points in the elevator center section and the rudder control horn with small strips of balsa. I will not use the stock tail wheel location so the indention was filled.
Sep 25, 2010, 08:01 PM
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Cheese... The other thread got to far off track I think.
Mutcake.. nice to see you.. Yes its coming
Heres the Hamilton Standard spinner I made.
Sep 25, 2010, 08:26 PM
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It got off track? Was I causing it?

Anyway, cool mustang! Are you modifying your first mustang that was in your blog? Or was that your finished product?
Sep 25, 2010, 10:00 PM
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Stage 2. Finishing the surface

I want this to be a stand out finish so i explored the options for a shiny surface on the model. I ordered some extremely thin (2UM) aluminized mylar from David Lewis a Homefly. I was very excited about the product but soon discovered it was so thin, it showed every tiny imperfection in the foam. This would mean major filling and sanding with very fine filler. I decided to try another option instead. I found some silver cellophane gift wrap, not quite tissue but still very thin and light. The weight will be slightly more but it gives a much smoother more realistic finish.I used a water based contact cement diluted about 10% for attaching the film. Though not wrinkle free I am very happy with the results.
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Sep 26, 2010, 06:37 PM
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Shiny mustang!
Sep 26, 2010, 07:21 PM
Way to many airplanes!
Wow, I'm packing mine and sending it to you right away... I'll take it red with gold trims.....

Awesome job!
Sep 27, 2010, 12:44 AM
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My next UM P51 is going metal like that!
Sep 27, 2010, 05:10 AM
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This is still untested for flight but its light and looks really great. It will be even better with the waterslide decals applied over the top. Its also adds a lot of needed strength to the foam.
Sep 28, 2010, 07:50 AM
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Stage 3.

While im waiting on parts and supplies ill pause stage 2 and begin
stage 3. Canopy and cockpit details

Ive decided to vacuum form my own canopy as I am very picky about the fit. This involves making a mold from my existing p51 (THE OLD ONE!) then pulling a male mold from that.
I started by building a frame to fit the area I wanted out of balsa. I then wiped a little cooking oil on the plane, set the frame on, puored in some plaster and let it set. Then using this cast as a mold I made an exact copy of the original to use as a plug in the vacuum former (also under construction).
Im going for a little cockpit detail as well light as possible, probably paper.
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Oct 15, 2010, 09:36 PM
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After a break Its back to the building table. While I was building my vacuum former I did a little more work on on the fuselage. I wanted to add a little strength to the nose where I didn't have mylar.The idea was to cover this section with white tissue then paint it. That will give it a smoother finish.

After I got the vacuum former done I finished the canopy plug and purchased two different types of clear plastic. The first was from an office supply and is made for overhead projectors. THIS DID NOT WORK WELL! It was thin but very stiff and did not soften or mold well when applying heat. The second one I bought was from an arts and craft supply and was labeled as acetate sheet. It comes in two different sizes and It worked great. I made a beautiful first pull.It was a little thick at the start but thinned out well as it formed. I found a nice view of the instrument panel, scaled it to size and printed it on thin paper. I just need to form the dash pattern to make the transition between the fuse and panel.
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Oct 16, 2010, 02:20 AM
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wow that is going to look AMAZING when your done, it'll attract attention in the air and on the ground

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