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Rodney J. Williams
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March 27, 2020 · in Aviation · · 11 Comments

I converted a scale P-51D to a P-51B for a client. Gee-whiz, holy cow, I had no idea how much work was involved when I took on this project, however, day by day it all came together as I had no drawing's nor measurement's to guide me through this dilemma I created. When I finished the model, there was a great big smile on my clients face.

My next to last photos show a few of my tools. The little tube cuter was outstanding and I used it for over 15 years. The other photo showed tools that I used now and then when I made some scratch-built parts.

I had some left over "Bass" wood from my F2G project, so I fashioned a windscreen and canopy mold's, then vac-u-formed the parts. Next, I made a "master" landing gear strut using brass and copper, then had a company make me cast brass parts.

Let the photo's tell the rest of the story.

Enjoy! RJW...

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11 responses

  1. Rodney: Having seen your work in person, I am still amazed everytime I see your models. This P-51B is another example of "typical" Rodney Williams master-level work. We miss you here in IPMS Region 9...

    • Why not drive down here with a long bed van and take all 287 models of mine up there and make a museum somewhere, then all of you modeler's in Region 9 can start putting your models there.


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  2. Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is amazing work, Rodney. Cannot stop looking at the pics. "Commited to excellence"!
    All the best!

  4. Each one of your models are simply amazing. I can’t believe how detailed they are. You guys who can scratch build a model like this are truly the masters.

    Thanks again for taking the time to post these articles. I enjoyed reading each one of these and learn something new about building on each one.

    • Thanks Louis>Have you been able to access any of the data on my Apple DVD that I sent?...answer to my email...Hell...I paid Kaiser hospital $25,00 for a dvd X-ray, and it was made on a HP p.c. and it don't work on this Apple...and Kaiser can't make one for the Apple and they will not give me my $$$ back...take the bad with the good.

  5. No wonder your client had a smile on his face Rodney.

  6. To everyone who sent in a comment... "just a great big thank you. "
    When it comes down to it, I'm just amazed at myself and say: How in the heck did I do it, especially on converting the P-51D back to a "bird-cage" B aircraft as I only had some photos, but no drawings nor measurements. So like I say all the time: "It's cut and fit, cut and fit until it fits...!"

    Breakfast time here in Irvine, California...Rodney and/or RJW

  7. Gobsmacked Rodney!

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