P51 Mustang! Well sort of...

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 04-24-2012 01:47 AM 1932 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys and gals. I crafted this airplane for my son’s 5th birthday. He loves airplanes and was ecstatic to have it hung in his room above his bed.
It is approx. 18” long, with 22” wingspan. I used several different woods to achieve the color contrast as well as grain that I wanted. The body of the plane is curly cherry, the wings are mahogany. It’s hard to tell in these pics, but there is a dilineation between the sapwood and heartwood of the mahogany which is near the back of each wing where the aileron’s would be. I used wenge for the canopy, bloodwood for the nose cone, and curly maple for the propellor. When the prop spins the curly maple gives it that cool look.
I was going to go a bit further with landing gear tucked up against the bottom and maybe some missiles, but when I got this far, I decided that the plane really didn’t need more. It is a very simple replica and for a young boy’s room, simplicity is really a strength.

I did most of the rough shaping with the band saw, following some paper templates I had printed off the internet. I used the stationary belt sander, spindle sander, and rasps for the shaping, and files and sand paper in hand for the final shaping and smoothing. Finish is simply tung oil. Hung from the ceiling with two 35lb test fishing lines in case he decides he wants to swing it around.

Thanks for looking!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 04-24-2012 02:06 AM

Nicely done! The pride of any young lad.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 02:34 AM

The plane looks great. Nice selections of woods and good planning in the installation.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 04-24-2012 08:02 PM

I think you did well to skip the landing gear, it is a fine representation as it is. Better he can take it down and play with it, with little fear of braking anything off of it!

Good work! All my poor kid ever got was some 2×4 cars his g’pa made for him.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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