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North American P-51D Mustang
In the series of my favorites of WWII aircraft, here comes the American response to the RAF demand for a fast fighter.
About this creation
The North American P-51 Mustang was initially produced in response to a 1940 RAF requirement for a fast, heavily armed fighter able to operate effectively at altitudes in excess of 6100m (20.000ft). North American built the prototype in 117 days, and the aircraft, designated NA-73X, flew on 26 October 1940. The first of 320 production Mustang 1s for the RAF flew on 1 May 1941, powered by an 1100hp AllisonV engine. RAF test pilots soon found that with this powerplant the aircraft did not perform well at high altitude, but that its low-level performance was excellent. The RAF suggested that the Mustang 1, now designated P51, would perform much better as a high-altitude interceptor if it were re-engined with the Rolls-Royce Merlin, but the suggestion was initially ignored. Later Mustangs fitted with a licensed Packard-built Rolls-Royce Merlin 61 engine showed a dramatic improvement in performance.
This led to the successful P51D, in the familiar role as escort fighter in countless bombing raids of the Third Reich. I will not bore you with more history, and hope you will enjoy my model.
Praise and criticism are always welcome.

Source: The encyclopidia of aircraft.


General characteristics:
Length: 9.83 m
Wingspan:11.28 m
Height: 4.08 m (tail wheel on ground, vertical propeller blade.)
Max. takeoff weight: 12,100 lb (5,490 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Packard V-1650-7 liquid-cooled supercharged V-12, 1,490 hp (1,111 kW) at 3,000 rpm; 1,720 hp (1,282 kW) at WEP (war emergency power)


Performance:
Maximum speed: 437 mph (380 kn, 703 km/h) at 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
Cruise speed: 362 mph (315 kn, 580 km/h)
Stall speed: 100 mph (87 kn, 160 km/h)
Range: 1,650 mi (1,434 nmi, 2,755 km)with external tanks
Service ceiling: 41,900 ft (12,800 m)
Rate of climb: 3,200 ft/min (16.3 m/s)














Armament:
6× 0.50 caliber (12.7mm) M2 Browning machine guns with 1,880 total rounds (400 rounds for each on the inner pair, and 270 rounds for each of the outer two pair)
2× hardpoints for up to 2,000 lb (907 kg) of bombs.


The color scheme is selected after a known P51 aircraft and freely customized to my model.


Drop tanks as shown, or two 454kg bombs, or six 12.7 cm rockets can be carried under the wings.














What can hardly be greater recognition than when TheLegoCarBlog clears their site for an airplane? Of course I am really happy for the recognition. But it is equally important to have all your ratings and positive feedback.

13-07-2014:
On request, a few LDD screenshots showing the internal Construction of my P-51. It shouldn´t be too difficult if you want to build your own.














Comments

 I made it 
  July 12, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding Do you think you could send me the instructions (or at least a cutaway) of this? I want to try and modify it into a P-51B/C and an F-82.
Give me a couple of days and I will upload some cutaway LDD pictures showing the internal structure.
  July 11, 2014
Do you think you could send me the instructions (or at least a cutaway) of this? I want to try and modify it into a P-51B/C and an F-82.
 I made it 
  June 21, 2014
Quoting john lamarck Did you try 4 studs long wedge plates instead of the present ones for the main landing gear legs ? I think it would be better with these.
Yes indeed, I have tried, because according to my scale drawing, the landing gear should be 4 studs high, but the fuselage angle gets too steep, making the propeller pointing too high. So I chosed the 2x3 wedge plate
  June 21, 2014
Did you try 4 studs long wedge plates instead of the present ones for the main landing gear legs ? I think it would be better with these.
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  May 21, 2014
excellent work
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  May 3, 2014
Well, my taste for the "B" model kicked in when I made my own!
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  April 30, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding Your P-51D looks good, although I think that the wings are straiter and broader. Other than that, nice job! (although, out of all the P-51 variants, I prefer the P-51B and the P-51Cs with a "malcolm's hood," like a Spitfire)
Thanks for the comment. The vast majority of the P-51 Mustang models are made with a right-angled leading edge of the main wing, which is actually wrong, mine isn´t. If you find a 3-view drawing, you will discover that the wings are actually quite narrow towards the wing tip. As for what type you think best about B, C or D is just a matter of taste.
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  April 30, 2014
Your P-51D looks good, although I think that the wings are straiter and broader. Other than that, nice job! (although, out of all the P-51 variants, I prefer the P-51B and the P-51Cs with a "malcolm's hood," like a Spitfire)
  April 20, 2014
P-51 Mustang is my favourite. You did very well. Perfect as always.
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  April 20, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett The Mustang always was a looker - magnificent build.
Quoting Tom Sawyer No joke this is one of the BEST P-51s I've ever seen! Good work!
Quoting jim mcdonough i have to say thats way better than mine,have to rebuild mine now LOL,just perfect theres not a thing i can see that i would change,every angle it just looks right,definitely worth top marks 5+/5
Thanks for the kind comments, @ Nick, I agree, the Mustang is undoubtedly the most beautiful WWII aircraft. @ Jim, your P-51 model is actually good, one must always compromise on the design, if the model must fit a Minifig, a problem I don´t have.
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  April 20, 2014
i have to say thats way better than mine,have to rebuild mine now LOL,just perfect theres not a thing i can see that i would change,every angle it just looks right,definitely worth top marks 5+/5
 I like it 
  April 15, 2014
No joke this is one of the BEST P-51s I've ever seen! Good work!
 I like it 
  April 13, 2014
The Mustang always was a looker - magnificent build.
 I made it 
  April 13, 2014
Quoting Lego Builders A great model of an excellent plane. Nicely done. -LB Senior
Quoting Sven Jagdmann Oh yes, this is a great replica of the original. Great detailing, paint scheme and decalwork. Love it!
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Looks good! I like the shape and the colour scheme.
Quoting Elk Guard Great work!
Thank you for showing interest. And thanks for your comments, it is a pleasure.
 I like it 
  April 13, 2014
Great work!
 I like it 
  April 13, 2014
Looks good! I like the shape and the colour scheme.
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  April 13, 2014
Oh yes, this is a great replica of the original. Great detailing, paint scheme and decalwork. Love it!
 I like it 
  April 12, 2014
I known someday that is going to sold for a million dollars
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  April 12, 2014
A great model of an excellent plane. Nicely done. -LB Senior
 I made it 
  April 12, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Beautiful work Henrik! I saw this blogged but didn't realize it was yours . Amazing detail and I love the decals. Fantastic!
I consider it a high degree of recognition when your models end up at The Lego Car Blog, especially when it's not a car. Thank you Clayton.
 I made it 
  April 12, 2014
Quoting Chris Maxter An awesome model! And the decalcs are great too.
Quoting Jozsef Venczel Wow! Perfect! This is my favorite airplane from WWII!
Quoting Peter Szabo Hi! I'm not so interested in planes but it's really good job! Well done!
Thank you Guys, I´m glad you liked it.
 I like it 
  April 12, 2014
Beautiful work Henrik! I saw this blogged but didn't realize it was yours . Amazing detail and I love the decals. Fantastic!
 I made it 
  April 12, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Amazing. I love all of your aircraft, and this is a wonderful addition. I just saw this on "The Lego Car Blog", so congrats on that.
Thank you Dr. Monster for this pleasant news. And thank you for your support
 I made it 
  April 12, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Nice job! The shaping looks very good at this fairly small scale. I like the stickers, too -- it looks like your LEGO pilot has racked up quite a few victories.
Quoting XY EZ This mustang is superb!!!! I really love it! And the realism at this scale makes me wonder ! 8-O 8-D 5/5
Quoting C. K. Yee P-51 Mustang is my favourite. You did very well. Just perfect.
Quoting 2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven I like this very nice model of this famous machine!!! :-)
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 nice plane!
Quoting Jet Best This is a really beautiful plane, in real life and in your stunning lego model!
Thank you all for your kind comments.
 I like it 
  April 12, 2014
Hi! I'm not so interested in planes but it's really good job! Well done!
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  April 12, 2014
Wow! Perfect! This is my favorite airplane from WWII!
 I like it 
  April 12, 2014
An awesome model! And the decalcs are great too.
 I like it 
  April 12, 2014
Amazing. I love all of your aircraft, and this is a wonderful addition. I just saw this on "The Lego Car Blog", so congrats on that.
 I like it 
  April 12, 2014
This is a really beautiful plane, in real life and in your stunning lego model!
 I like it 
  April 12, 2014
nice plane!
 I like it 
  April 12, 2014
I like this very nice model of this famous machine!!! :-)
 I like it 
  April 12, 2014
This mustang is superb!!!! I really love it! And the realism at this scale makes me wonder ! 8-O 8-D 5/5
 I like it 
  April 12, 2014
Nice job! The shaping looks very good at this fairly small scale. I like the stickers, too -- it looks like your LEGO pilot has racked up quite a few victories.
 
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