This Solid Replica of a Hot USAAF Fighter Job Is Easy to Build
AUTHENTICALLY scaled down to 1/48th the size of the original, this model of the well-known P-51B Mustang fighter makes a simple and attractive project. The Mustang has a 1,500 horsepower liquid-cooled engine and features a laminar-flow wing, which is largely responsible for the top speed of over 420 m.p.h.
The first step in building this miniature reproduction is to make a full-size working drawing. The plans reproduced at the left are half size. Using the border graduations as a guide, draw horizontal and vertical lines to form a grid of 1/4 " squares. Draw a similar grid on a large, stiff sheet of paper, increasing the size of the squares to By matching squares, transfer the lines from the smaller drawing to make a new, larger drawing. Shapes can then be traced from this drawing onto another stiff-paper sheet and cut out to form full-size patterns or molds of the outlines and sections.
Use either white pine or balsa for the fuselage, wing, and tail. The fuselage block is 3/4 by 15/8" by 73/4". Transfer the profile to the block; then cut away the excess wood. Do the same with the plan view. Next, carve and sand the block to the proper cross-sectional shape, frequently checking it with your patterns. Finally, cut a hole in the fuselage to take the one-piece wing.
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The wing block is 7/16" by 21/4" by 91/2". Taper the thickness to 3/16" at each end. Trace the plan view of the wing on the block and cut away the excess wood. Carve and sand the block until it conforms with your sectional molds, rounding the tips neatly. Form the dihedral angle by scoring the top surface on the centerline and cracking the wing at that point. Set the cracked wing to the proper angle and apply cement to the crack.
Make the stabilizer and the fin of 3/16" material-tracing, cutting, and shaping them as described above.
Cement the stabilizer to the fuselage and allow the assembly to dry; then glue on the fin. Slide the wing into position and glue it in place. Carefully check the alignment of each part as it is installed. Fill all the crevices with either plaster of Paris or wood putty, and sand smooth when dry.
Apply two coats of surface-filling paint to the entire model, sanding between coats. Finish the lower surface with a coat of light-blue camouflage paint and the upper surface with a coat of olive drab, blending the colors in an uneven line.
Finally, add the external details, such as the wing tanks (mounted with pins), a celluloid disk to simulate a revolving propeller, and the cannons. Make the cockpit and control-surface outlines with a ruling pen and black ink.
So COMPLETE is this wooden toy ranch that it includes even the sagebrush and cactus! If made as a Christmas present for a child, it can be set up under the tree to serve as a decoration as well as a plaything.
All the animals and figures can be scroll-sawed three or four at a time from 1/8 " veneer or plywood. The running and bucking horses may be mounted on lead disks to hold them upright. A brad is forced into a drilled hole in one leg of each horse, and the head of the brad is cut off. The disk is then drilled to fit the shank. Standing figures such as the cowboy may have a hole drilled in one foot to fit a brad soldered to a flat tin disk.
Railbirds perched on the corral fence are similarly mounted, the upper fence rail being drilled in this case. Note that the riding figures are made with legs bradded to the bodies on both sides, so that they straddle the horses.
The ranch house is built like any other miniature building and has a hinged roof, which permits the smaller pieces to be stored inside when not in use. The chimney stonework can be represented by painting white lines on a gray background, or, more convincingly, by first scoring the wood to represent the joints and then painting it. The bunk house is cut apart from the cook house so that both may be stored more easily.
A corral of any desired size is built of posts and dowels, the ends of which are beveled as shown for wedging against one another in the holes in the posts.
Cutting out the parts for the chuck wagon is a simple scroll-saw job. They are assembled with model-airplane cement and small brads. Cactus and sagebrush lend the final western touch to the set-up. The various animals and characters can be arranged to illustrate ranch activities such as lassoing, bronco-busting, or high-tailing it to the chuck wagon after a day on the round-up.