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Shrouded vs. Unshrouded; P-51B/c Mustangs

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  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Vallejo, CA
Shrouded vs. Unshrouded; P-51B/c Mustangs
Posted by didfaI on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:55 AM

I'm WIP of 3 ICM's P-51B/C (Yeah, I know)!

I've researched and can't find whne the switch was made & why?

They'd shifted to the Merlin engine with 'pig tails' stacks vs. the 'fish tail' stacks of the P-40's.

Then they went to the 'shouded' stacks!

I know some one out there knows the answer!


  • Member since
    June, 2008
  • From: Iowa
Posted by Hans von Hammer on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:20 AM

My guess, based on conversations with Dad and a few other P-51 pilots,  would be that they were added due to Merlin's tendency to give you a rather exciting exhaust-stack fire due to over-priming...  When you have such an occurance, you have to keep cranking the engine over until it starts.  The shrouds prevented any flames from getting up inside the cowl.  As to when they were added, it looks like they were added in the later B/C blocks (the only difference between the two was where they were built, Dallas or Inglewood)...

  • Member since
    June, 2010
Posted by Mike B 46 on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:35 PM

That explains the Bs and Cs.  I have also seen photographs Ds and Ks with and without exaust shrouds.  If the above explaiatin covers the entire issue, Iuld I think the question would have been settled by the time those came off the production lines.  Is there a differen for those?


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