Heads up for anyone doing a 1/32 P-51D using the new EagleCals for Ridge Runner.....
April 13 2012 at 4:22 PM
(Login larrygoodell) HyperScale Forums from IP address 188.8.131.52
The antiglare paint should be the std. shape in lieu of
the sets painting profile....for some reason it's shown
curving downward slightly. Photos of both R.Runners
show the regular tapered to the nose pattern.....found out a bit late on mine and had to alter the shape. Check
dem references constantly...if there are any references showing it sloped downward....DON"T SHOW ME...heh...!!!
It's the same amber light that's under the wing, they're on both sides where your pic shows and also inside the star of the fuselage insignia. Sure the Mustang experts will weigh in with photos, I've got some on the home 'puter I think, if not there's a dead-on computer sim model that has them on it, I'll post that when I find it...
"In select units of the 8th Fighter Command (in England), formation lead/flight lead P-51D's were sometimes seen to have been modified with the addition of two amber lights, mounted to the fuselage, on each side, to serve as formation guidence aids. It was quite a rare modification, and I am not exactly sure if it either was done at the base of operations, or undertaken at one of the bigger USAAF depots in England. The lights themselves were the standard-issue amber recognition lights (as seen on the lower wingtips and undersurfaces of many Allied aircraft), and in order to control the lights, an additional toggle switch was mounted near to the exisiting recognition lights switches, on the main electrical panel.
In one of the featured variants of the product, "Butch Baby", this is fully recreated, as shown:"
There may be more info at their site: www.warbirdsim.com
I'm glad my suspicions were confirmed, yet after posting this last night, I had yet another browse and failed to find a single photo of this item. It's obviously a very rare item on a Mustang. I was wondering if maybe they were fitted to certain aircraft for some sort of shuttle flights that may carry on into the night time?
...I've got tons of screen shots saved from his posts on the various flight sim boards and P-51SIG, plus I've downloaded some of his paint packs and a plugin to open and view them in Photoshop. I'd say his sim screenshots have now become my go-to reference for the P-51. I wish I had a nice powerful new computer so I could run FSX and his sim, maybe when this one craps out...
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