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Osprey Modelling the P51 Mustang Osprey Books

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Great Book by Osprey Publishing. 80 pages
The projects in the book take the modeller from the aircraft's beginnings to the ultimate manifestation of this elegant and deadly bird, the F-82 G/H Twin Mustang. The North American P-51 Mustang had a humble genesis as a British request for single engine escort fighter. 'Dutch' Kindelberger's North American design team created, in just six months, a prototype that would become, arguably, World War II's most important fighter aircraft. The aircraft was designed around the innovative laminar flow wing, which resulted in a much more efficient flow of air across the top of the wing, thereby reducing drag and increasing range. Modelling is the perfect format to appreciate this revolutionary design feature which created a highly maneuverable plane with excellent range. In 1942 a RAF Pilot, Ronald Harker, proposed mating the innovative airframe to a proven engine, the Rolls Royce Merlin. After some minor changes in the airframe, necessary to accommodate the larger engine, the new, P-51B was unveiled. The aircraft had incredible endurance, fantastic maneuverability and the excellent high altitude performance. This combination is what made the Mustang a great plane and the projects in this book will pay crucial attention to the plane in its most popular form. Special attention also will be paid to the paint features both inside and out. The finishes will not be formulaic but unique and appropriate for each aircraft. There are currently about 70 different kits available in six different scales of the P-51 Mustang. This number changes with quite frequently with the major manufactures coming out with different markings but there is always a large number of kits to chose from.

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