|Project by Scott Shea||posted 380 days ago||2347 views||24 times favorited||23 comments|
This is the first woodworking project that I built in 2009, which I’m hoping fits into this website correctly, as this is also my first project post. I found out that year that I was becoming a father, and I had seen these in model airplane magazines growing up, and decided that when I had kids that I would build them one. It’s based off plans from Aviation Products, Inc, which for the most part I followed to the “T”. The fuselage, wings, and tail surfaces are all 3/4” plywood, which took about two sheets of plywood if my memory serves me right. There is also some 3/4” pine braces and cross braces installed as well. If I ever did it again, I’d make it out of 3/4” Birch ply. I cheated and bought a 1/4 scale P-51D Spinner instead of turning one out on a drill press. The rest of the metal work was from a prefab kit direct from Aviation Products, Inc which include the axle, wheels, and the steering mechanisms. The finish was based off Double Trouble Two, and some of the detail was even hand painted.
I built this in 23 days start to finish with plenty of 18 hour work days. I had only basic power and hand tools at my disposal. I made a blog following the build here, which includes a bunch more pictures:
It cost between $400-$800 depending on if you account for the purchase on the tools since I had none at the beginning of this build. The scheme is based off a P-51 that was based locally both when I was a kid (up until age 10 in NH) and coincidentally again in 2003 when I was stationed in Norfolk, VA.
The first picture was taken before the kids were born. The plane has survived many moves during Navy flight training, and is showing some signs of wear and tear from the moves and the kids using it. Overall, though, it still looks pretty darn good and has held up very well!