Been searching for some time for info on a kit P51. Not the SAL or other 1:1 scale but the smaller version ( for the not so rich buggers). Saw one a lifetime ago at an airshow at ballarat but unable to find info. Looked exactly like the real thing except the canopy seemed too big for the rest. Any help on sites etc would be welcomed.
If I remember where I took this one correctly, (I think that) I took it at Warbirds Over Scone 2001. Bendo and a few others may remember clearer than I can.....
Don't remember if they had a website or exactly what the name of the kit is/was, but I do remember that it had either a Chev V8 in it and boy it was seriously close to the sound of a merlin both in the air and on the ground.
There was a composite 3/4 p51 replica kit getting around from fighter escort wing and a few kits were being built here in oz, Conrad ? from crop jet in Wee Waa was building one but that was 10 or so years ago now.
That one is a 350 Chev, built flown and owned by Jim Wickham of Tyabb, Vic. It's a 3/5th scale.
He also has a single seat Spitfire with Jabiru 6 cylinder.
The other one that you might be thinking of is the Titan Mustang. www.titanaircraft.com, it's a 3/4 scale Mustang, gross weight 56 kilo's. Finished cost around US$70 apparently with Rotax 912s. 130 knot cruise. I suspect Jim's aircraft is quite a bit quicker than that.
Forget kits, Fluwerk in Germany are planning to new build P-51's. Now if a company in NZ can scratch build a Liberty V12 using new metalurgy and CNC machining processes etc. It runs and apparently is the real thing, puting out rated hp. Why can they do the same with a Merlin.
Is that the same mob in Germany who are doing the new build FW190? I think they were working with original jigs and everything. Even the serial numbers continued on from the WWII serials......now all I need to do is to find the link to it again! Long time since I've read it!
Hi Richo,after Ossie passed away the Mustang was bequeathed to Roy,Nobby,& Trev.After a period of inactivity it was sold very recently to an engineer/pilot who lives near Gatton.It is already in Qld and he intends to finish it.Cheers,Pete
Yes there is also a private individual in Germany, who has had alot of assistance from Flugwerk who has built two full scale Fw190s, with 1200hp R1800 P&Ws. fantastic creation, it looks, sounds and I'd bet it flies just like the original, it is around half the weight of the original 190s too.
Get one of those.
The work those guys at Flugwerk in germany is nothing short of amazing. Not only do they have several new-build 190As with BMW radials, they have a Dora being built too. And further afield in the US White1 is being restored, with almost 100% original Fw190 components, also in the works is a Dora in similar condition regards originality. The folks that own that D-13 'yellow 13' (formally a part of the Champlin collection) could fly it, but have chosen not to as it is just too rare, being 99% original, but rebuilt to airworthy condition. Great stuff, what I'd pay to see one fly.
Thanks all. All I can say is...DAMN!!.... Some very nice machinery there, Looked into the Supermarine Spit, would love to see one up close as I need more convincing re the look of the thing. Whereas the Mustangs seem to be more original shape. I read that the Spit handles pretty much like the real thing. Now How do I raise the $$?
Have the volume up when you open the web page, they have a recording of the Falconer V12 at full song!
Performance wise it smokes the original below 15,000' or so (composite = lighter (no guns etc) and improved naca airfoil & smaller wing required due less weight), no blower so up higher it suffers. Although they were looking at putting a blower on it and some have been re-engined with turbine power.