Spitfire in my workshop. David Glen BSc (Hons) MSc: Model Maker, Journalist David Glen

P-51 Diary


The Mustang's tyres

Thursday, 21st February, 2013

Producing the masters for the rubber tyres has been troublesome, not least because it is yet another job where I have had to feel my...
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Canopy framework

Friday, 19th October, 2012

The canopy frame is not a straightforward piece. It took careful study of the NAA drawings before I was able to understand the complexities of...
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The vac-formed canopy

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012

By mid-summer of 2012 the bulk of the work on my P51-D had been completed, yet several hurdles remained, one of which was the sliding...
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VHF and battery packs

Thursday, 20th September, 2012

As any P-51D fan knows, the AN 3150 battery and the bulky SCR-522 VHF radio are prominent features within the streamlined, tear-shaped cockpit canopy. Both...
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Hamilton Standard airscrew

Monday, 7th May, 2012

The Hamilton Standard airscrew as fitted to the P-51D is uncompromisingly businesslike, a great paddle-bladed affair that speaks more of brute power than elegance, especially...
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The pilot's seat

Sunday, 6th May, 2012

During an exceptionally cold, wet April of 2012, I resolved to tackle the pilot’s seat, a job I had toyed with and repeatedly put off...
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Control column assembly

Sunday, 15th January, 2012

Anyone who has followed this log may have noted that, while much of my work is done in metal, I am not afraid to make...
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Retrospective: Auxiliary fuel tank

Saturday, 14th January, 2012

With the completion of the main landing wheels last October, my P-51 project has come to a standstill. Over the last few months I have...
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Machining the wheels

Tuesday, 1st November, 2011

The Mustang’s wheels have been problematical. For most of this year I scoured all known avenues for manufacturer’s drawings, but to no avail. My entreaties...
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Some external stencils

Tuesday, 6th September, 2011

With most of the painting complete, I have recently added some, although not all of the external stencilling detail, using the Hendon P51-D as my...
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