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The Jet Mustang was a concept aircraft designed during WWII. North American
was looking for ways to improve the performance of the P-51 that were presently
in service. Since jet engines were still in their infancy however, there was the
concern about their lack of range. The quickest way to create an aircraft was to
combine the long range the piston engine offered with a jet engine to give an
aircraft the higher top speed desired.
It was never built.
I made the model in 1/72 scale using some old drawings and a photo of a much
older model found in a magazine. I first estimated the dimensions using know
fact; the plane was to use the first turbine engine Westinghouse made, so that
gave me minimum fuselage width and the production piston engine dimension. It
seemed to have worked out because later when looking for a spinner for the model
in the scrap box, the one from a P-82 Twin Mustang kit match the same diameter
as the forward fuselage. The P-82 kit also contributed the exhaust stacks and
The reason I decided to build this particular aircraft was to test a new
material I found for scratchbuilding. The sample I got is called Renwood and it
is a synthetic material made from poured urethane. It is easier to shape than
styrene plastic and does not splinter like wood. The two other properties that I
was really interested in was that it took only one coat of automotive primer to
seal it which greatly reduced finishing time and it could be cut into very thin
sections and not curl up after a few years on the shelf like styrene sheet does.
It was painted in Testors' Metalizer paints, again I wanted to see how easy it
was to use this material and tried the most difficult finish I could think of. I
liked the results and use this material to make masters of parts when I am
making casting molds or complete models from it.
While I think itís a great material to scratchbuild models from, the biggest
problem is availability. It is used in the tool and die industry and some of the
smallest pieces I can locate to purchase are the size of my bedís mattress and
costing as much. I have to settle for the scraps that some buddies I have in the
industry give me.
Images Copyright © 2001 by Tom
Page Created 12 October, 2001
Last Updated 13 October, 2001
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