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P-51D Cowling Access Panel Evolution
n_tuma749
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Nebraska, United States
Joined: October 05, 2014
KitMaker: 45 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 04:44 AM UTC
How did the size, shape, and number of access panels on the P-51D's engine cowling change over its production run (blocks)? I ask this as I have noticed that not every P-51 production block has the same number or size of panels, and would like to know which panels to remove or add depending upon the version I'm building. The Tamiya 1/32 P-51D has;

Top of cowling, left (from the pilot's point of view) side:

Hydraulic reservoir access panel
Oil tank access panel (this is apparently the larger type)
Aftercoolant access panel

Bottom of cowling, right (from the pilot's point of view) side:

Ground heater duct access panel
Unmarked access panel

Bottom of cowling, left (from the pilot's point of view) side:

Fuel strainer access panel
thegirl
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Alberta, Canada
Joined: January 19, 2008
KitMaker: 6,739 posts
AeroScale: 6,147 posts
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 06:03 AM UTC
What scheme are you planning on doing ? Knowing the tail numbers would be helpful ....




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