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P-51D-20 NA Mustang

29.9k CRJ900Pilot  4 months ago

P-51D-20 NA


After a 4 year building break, I present to you my recreation of the famous P-51D Mustang



Features:

  • Almost 100% blueprint match
  • Accurate cockpit based on original P-51 manuals
  • Fair selection of working gauges and levers
  • Realistic performance and flight characteristics
  • Fictional livery inspired by WarThunder
  • Near 1:1 scale (wingspan is a foot short)

Controls

  • AG 1-4: ~
  • AG 5: Navigational Lights
  • AG 6: Formation Lights
  • AG 7: Jettison bombs
  • AG 8: Parking brake and open canopy
  • VTOL down: Flaps

Cockpit



Note for altimeter: The small hand measures in 100ft, the medium by 1,000 ft, and the large triangle measures 10,000 ft.


Important Information and Pilots Notes

  • Takeoff with half flaps and 85-100% throttle, then rotate at 90-100 mph
  • Cruising speed is reached at higher altitudes, again this matches the behaviors of the real P-51
  • Landing approach should be lined up with runway centerline, flaps and gear down, and no bombs. Come in at 100-110 mph, reduce power until you reach 90 mph, and touch down at 85 mph
  • This is a WWII fighter, and it flies as such. It will lose energy in a turn, it stalls unforgivingly on landing if throttle isn’t managed properly, and it needs trim based on speed, loadout, and altitude.
  • Going inverted for over 10 seconds will cause the plane to lose most engine power. This simulates fuel and oil pumps failing, which is realistic and something the pilot should know about. If you don’t like this, simply change the propellers input back to throttle. The code that made this possible was written by spefyjerbf.
  • While it does have nearly 1600 parts, most have disabled drag physics. It should run fine on average performance devices, but below there are reduced part count versions

Removed nose art and tail numbers: 1426 parts
Removed insignias: 1247 parts
Removed non-essential cockpit features: 1074 parts
Bare bones: 599 parts


Credits

(in no specific order)
- Hedero and Diloph for testing and feedback
- ChiChiWerx for U.S. insignias and for help tuning performance
- spefyjerbf for funky tree codes on the propeller and airspeed indicator
- QingyuZhou for flight model and feedback
- jamesPLANESii for rate of climb and bank indicators as well as taking beautiful screenshots
- EternalDarkness for making this build a successor to the challenge


Disclaimer and additional notices

  • Although very rare, I have noticed that a hemisphere can become damaged and the in game damage readout will tell you. I haven’t been able to pinpoint where this happens, but it doesn’t impact flight in any way and is unnoticeable when it happens
  • Pulling aggressive and violent maneuvers may cause the crosshair to break off. However this can be avoided by not pushing the airplane past the normal flight envelop. If you fly it like a P-51 and not a Pitts Special, you should be fine

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General Characteristics

  • Created On Mac
  • Wingspan 36.0ft (11.0m)
  • Length 32.4ft (9.9m)
  • Height 13.5ft (4.1m)
  • Empty Weight 9,449lbs (4,286kg)
  • Loaded Weight 11,256lbs (5,105kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.132
  • Wing Loading 25.5lbs/ft2 (124.6kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 441.0ft2 (41.0m2)
  • Drag Points 2124

Parts

  • Number of Parts 1597
  • Control Surfaces 5
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    29.9k CRJ900Pilot

    Thanks to everyone who spotlighted and upvoted! Your support means a lot and it inspires me to make more projects like this

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    @CRJ900Pilot huh

    2 months ago
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    29.9k CRJ900Pilot

    Oh, those are german kill markings @OFFWORLDSHRIMP

    2 months ago
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    @CRJ900Pilot you know the inverted Japanese flag on the sides next to the cockpit. I know that the red on white Japanese flag means a kill but i don't know what white on red means

    2 months ago
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    29.9k CRJ900Pilot

    I don’t understand what you mean @OFFWORLDSHRIMP

    2 months ago
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    What does the inverted kill marking mean, i tried looking it up but couldn't find anything

    2 months ago
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    @BogdanX Yeah, no arguing with that. Now that I've got your attention I should probably tell you about the pink spyplanes of the RAF. :)

    2 months ago
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    @CRJ900Pilot Some planes were that glossy, but not that smooth. Rivets, panels, welds etc would break up and texture the surface of even the shinier planes, and I doubt they'd stay quite so beautiful during heavy use in-theatre. But if you google "shiny usaaf" you'll see quite a few B-17's, P-47's and P-51's that are almost mirror-shiny.

    2 months ago
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    29.9k CRJ900Pilot

    Interesting info. Now that I stop and think about it, those are very valid points. Seeing that reference photo, I now realize that I made the paint too glossy. I will take this knowledge into my next plane @BogdanX @F104Deathtrap

    2 months ago
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    @BogdanX Oh, I'm not worried about points, I just wanted you to know about it because you have a passion for detail and because you make a lot of WW2 planes. Also, a glossy finish has less wind resistance.

    2 months ago
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    @BogdanX Late-war USAAF aircraft were ordered in "bare aluminum" with a shiny polish to reduce drag. It was determined that by deleting the paint layer, they could reduce the weight of the plane and save resources (especially with large aircraft). Aside from being a cost-cutting measure, it was a bold statement to the Axis powers about the state of US air dominance: our planes had no need to hide. This practice lasted until the Vietnam era and became popular with the USSR as well.

    +1 2 months ago
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    315 drfsdev

    Super cool.

    3 months ago
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    29.9k CRJ900Pilot

    Oh. I tested the Stuka on the ground and saw that only the tabs moved, not the elevator nor a combination of both. Again my bad. Also thanks, I really appreciate that @BogdanX

    3 months ago
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    29.9k CRJ900Pilot

    Thanks for your feedback. As for spawning, that has to do with the altimeter and air speed indicator suddenly catching up. As for the trim tabs, I remember asking you how they worked, to which you said they functioned the same way on your Stuka. Thus I copied that. However I do agree with your other points, I should have spent more time fixing those little things @BogdanX

    3 months ago
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    23.5k AceMcCloud

    Wow...

    3 months ago
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    One of my favorite planes ever!

    3 months ago
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    3,043 Jake_

    How in the heck are there no mods involved here

    3 months ago
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    29.9k CRJ900Pilot

    @EternalDarkness
    A user named JakeKenth made a repost of the 599 part version. He asked for permission in which I denied, and yet he still posted it. I hate to bother you, but I would like this dealt with please

    3 months ago
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    @CRJ900Pilot Ah, thanks!

    3 months ago
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    29.9k CRJ900Pilot

    Yep, I believe so @wonkapilot

    3 months ago
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    @CRJ900Pilot Does it work alright with low physics?

    3 months ago
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    29.9k CRJ900Pilot

    We shall see lol @2Papi2Chulo

    3 months ago
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    40.6k 2Papi2Chulo

    Beautiful mustang. i think you got my sbd beat

    3 months ago
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    Frankly, that 20,000 part Yamato deserves to be the challenge winner. But if we are only talking about airplanes, this one is my favorite.

    3 months ago
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    s m o o t h

    3 months ago
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