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Battle Pack: Pacific War P-51D Mustang and F4U Corsair

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18" (460mm)

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BATTLE PACK SET

This double kit pack is a great way to get started with the hobby or to expand your collection. The pack contains an individual Mustang and individual Corsair kit, each containing glue, printed instruction booklets and all the materials you need. It's simply two kits put together at a slight discount from buying them individually. This way you get double the fun for less.

At a Glance

P-51D Mustang

  • Power System - Rubber Free Flight
  • Wingspan - 18" (460mm)
  • Approximate AUW - 25g
  • Difficulty - Beginner

F4U Corsair

  • Power System - Rubber Free Flight
  • Wingspan - 18" (460mm)
  • Approximate AUW - 25g
  • Difficulty - Beginner

THE MUSTANG – AN ALL-AMERICAN HERO 

In 1939 the inevitability of war in Europe had the British government seeking to strengthen the RAF's fighter capability. In the spring of 1940 they approached North American to build the Curtiss P40 under licence to increase supply. However, North American thought the P40 to be outdated and suggested that they design their own aircraft from scratch. The British agreed but demanded that the prototype be ready in less than 4 months with flights 6 weeks later. North American duly obliged and the aircraft first flew in October 1940.

Immediately the new aircraft outperformed the Curtiss design, which used the same Allison engine but had an advanced "laminar flow" wing and low-drag, under-belly cooling system. The British ordered a number of the aircraft, which were pressed into service with 26 Squadron in January 1942 for reconnaissance and ground attack roles, under Army Co-operation Command rather than fighter command. This was due to the restricted high altitude performance afforded by the Allison engine with its single-stage, single-speed supercharger. However, Rolls Royce test pilot Ronald Harker saw the potential in the aircraft and suggested a trial using the latest variant of the British designed Rolls Royce Merlin engine with two-stage, two-speed supercharger.

The results were spectacular, the potential of the design was finally realised and a legend was born. With constant updates, including the addition of the British-developed bubble canopy, the design evolved into what many consider to be the definitive Mustang - the P-51D. The all- round visibility, range and speed of later Mustangs proved to be vital to provide fighter escort to the US bombing campaigns later in the war, as well as successfully engaging the early German jet fighters. Along with its allied counterpart the Spitfire, many consider the Mustang to be the finest piston-engined aircraft of World War Two.

The Mustang continued in service until as late as the 1980's in some territories. Overall, 15,000 Mustangs were built, with more than half of that total being the P-51D.

VOUGHT F4U CORSAIR - THE WHISTLING DEATH

In 1938 the U.S. Bureau of Aeronautics issued a specification to manufacturers for a carrier-based fighter bomber. Chance Vought successfully answered this request with a proposal for an aircraft fitted with the biggest, most powerful, air-cooled engine of the day - the hugely powerful Pratt and Whitney 18-cylinder Double Wasp. The engine required a very large diameter propeller to use the 1850 horsepower available, which gave the Vought engineers a headache as it required an equally large clearance to the ground. The simple answer of a tall undercarriage would be unacceptable due to the harsh landing loads expected for a carrier based aircraft. To overcome this problem, the design team lead by Rex Beisel came up with a "bent" inverted gull wing design. The inboard section of the wing having a severe anhedral angle and outboard section a severe dihedral angle with the undercarriage positioned at the joint of the two. As well as being structurally sound the distinctive configuration had the advantage of minimising drag at the wing root to fuselage joint.

The clean lines of the airframe and the powerful engine gave the Corsair a 400mph plus top speed and impressive rates of climb, but the long nose and consequent poor forward visibility when landing, coupled with other difficulties initially made for unsuccessful carrier trials. The U.S. Navy proceeded with the easier to handle Grumman Hellcat, turning over the Corsair to the U.S. Marines. However, the British Fleet Air Arm persisted (probably through necessity as much as any other factor) and by using different landing techniques and modifications, went on to operate the aircraft successfully from carriers.

The U.S. Marines soon made use of the Corsair's speed, agility, ruggedness and range as they flew it from rough runways on small Pacific islands. It is said that the Japanese named the aircraft the "Whistling Death" because of the deadliness of the aircraft along with the distinctive noise created by the air as it passed through the large wing root mounted oil coolers. Operating well after the Second World War, over 12,500 examples of the Corsair were produced over a 9 year period to 1953, with many serving as recently as the late seventies in some territories.

YOUR KIT

This kits are designed for you to build traditionally constructed, rubber powered, free flight models of the Mustang and Corsair. The kit includes the materials (other than paints) to complete an aircraft with coloured covering.

Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing. Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight.

Free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed". This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding. Typically for a small model and in the spirit of the traditional kits, profiles are simplified and adjusted from the original and a relatively large propeller is used. This is done so that the model is light and stable enough to fly on its own, is simple in construction and can work with the rubber motor. These adjustments have been done with care and sensitivity so that the shape and spirit of the original aircraft is preserved as much as possible.

Also in the spirit of the traditional kits, additional items required to build the model are things that can be found in the kitchen drawer or are easily available on the high street.

KIT CONTENTS x2

Three balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
PVA glue for building the wooden frames.
One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
Three low friction plastic nose bushings - one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
One vacuum formed canopy and spinner.
Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs.
One motor peg (cocktail stick or toothpick).
Rubber motor strip.
Tissue to cover the model.
Parts reference sheet (W), full size summary plan sheet (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.

Additional Resources

SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE MARKINGS SHEET

Click the link below to download a pdf version of the markings sheet included in the Spitfire kit.

The markings sheet should fit onto a single A4 page and may be printed onto your own paper or decal transfer sheet.

Download the markings sheet here:

SPITFIRE PATTERNS SHEET

Click the link below to download a pdf version of the patterns for acetate and paper/card parts originally drawn on the plan.

This will save you from having to cut into your beautiful plan!

Download the patterns sheet

VIDEO BUILD

Built, filmed, edited and produced by the amazing Rob Brennan

ILLUSTRATED BUILD

The illustrated instructions below are available for you to view, download or print out for free.

They do not replace the instruction book but can be used alongside it.

We hope you find them useful!

MAIN PARTS & FRAMES BUILDING SCHEDULE

The Centre Section [Download]

The Main Wing Panels [Download]

Completing the Wings [Download]

The Tail Plane (Stabiliser) [Download]

The Fin & Rudder [Download]

The Fuselage [Download]

The Nose Block [Download]

Finishing the Fuselage [Download]

The Wheels, Undercarriage & Spinner [Download]

Radiator, Oil Cooler, Exhausts, Air Inlet & Fillet Pieces [Download]

COVERING

The Fin, Rudder & Tail Plane [Download]

The Wings [Download]

The Fuselage [Download]

FINAL ASSEMBLY

[Download]

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