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1/48 scale P-51D - March 2013

Posted by Tim Kidwell
on Thursday, March 14, 2013

David Horn, Tulsa, Oklahoma

“My inspiration for building The Miracle Maker was a P-51D Mustang kept at an airport close by,” David says. “The owner offers rides, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly this aircraft. And when I say fly it, I mean it — there is a stick and a small set of rudder pedals for the back-seat pilot so you can experience a few minutes at the controls. I had the opportunity to fly it in 2005, and when the ride was finished the owner made an entry in my flight log book for 30 minutes of Mustang time!” Working with Tamiya’s 1/48 scale kit, David used a punch-and-die set on sheet styrene to detail the instrument panel, and further bolstered the cockpit with a resin detail set. A photo printed on decal paper depicts the wood floor. Ultracast provided a flap set as well as the main wheels, cuffless propeller, and shrouded exhaust. David painted with Floquil old silver, added contemporary antennas, and applied custom-made markings from Draw Decals.

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