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North American P-51D Mustang Race 64 "Miss Van Nuys"

16.5k HuskyDynamics01  3 months ago
Auto Credit Based on Jundroo's P-51-D

"Probably the question I get asked most frequently is, 'Why purple?' Well, there actually is a good reason... my good friend Al Paulson wanted some of his ground equipment painted and he told one of his employees to go out and buy a few gallons of purple paint. The fellow must have misheard and came back with several hundred gallons. It was sort of a case of waste not, want not and the Mustang became bright purple."
- Clay Lacy, Mustangs International Fall 2018

After six straight defeats and third-place finishes, the 1970 Reno Gold race would finally see the rise of the Mustang in air racing as Clay Lacy's near-stock P-51D Miss Van Nuys swept past the field to the checkered flag, the first time something other than a Bearcat had graced the winner's circle.

Unlike the highly-modified F8F-2 of Darryl Greenamyer (and many later Bearcats and Mustangs), Lacy's bright purple P-51 was essentially a stock airframe fitted with a race-built Merlin engine. Lacy had raced the plane in every Reno Gold event since the first race in 1964, and was a very experienced race pilot by the time of his 1970 win.

Clay had adopted Charles Schultz' Snoopy as his mascot, and in addition to having a depiction of the character on the tail of the aircraft, placed an appropriately-sized plush Snoopy in the jump seat of the Mustang. How this contributed to the pair's 1970 win is down to personal opinion, but the mascot combined with the P-51's bright purple paint job made for a very unique appearance.

The actual shade of purple on the Mustang has varied considerably over various resprays (sometimes looking almost pink, as in the image below), so I've chosen what I believe to be a good "average" tone.


Image credit: MustangsMustangs.com


Controls

AG 1: Canopy
AG 3: Wing lights
VTOL: Flaps

All other controls are standard.


Credits

Jundroo (base P-51-D)
MAHADI (backseat Snoopy)

Both were modified somewhat for this build. Snoopy was simplified a bit, and the P-51 received numerous modifications. However, since my goal was not to completely rebuild the base Mustang, most major details are the same as the original, and the entire aircraft has simply been "cleaned up" a bit.


Also check out the modern version!

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General Characteristics

  • Predecessor P-51-D
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 41.1ft (12.5m)
  • Length 33.9ft (10.3m)
  • Height 12.4ft (3.8m)
  • Empty Weight 8,053lbs (3,653kg)
  • Loaded Weight 8,324lbs (3,775kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.345
  • Wing Loading 27.7lbs/ft2 (135.4kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 300.3ft2 (27.9m2)
  • Drag Points 3073

Parts

  • Number of Parts 351
  • Control Surfaces 14
  • Performance Cost 1,180
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    My pink CLY-15 was actually inspired by this

    25 days ago
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    @MAHADI Oops, I'll be sure to do that next time!

    3 months ago
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    144k MAHADI

    wait what
    you used my Snoopy and didn't even ask me?! you didn't even tag me on the post
    pls do ask in future first since it's not a free to use build
    nice plane btw!

    +2 3 months ago
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    Updated to v1.1 because I forgot to put fuel in the fuselage tank.

    3 months ago
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    22.3k xNotDumb

    I want to eat this

    3 months ago
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    4,941 TRD

    snopy

    3 months ago
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    17.5k Dragoranos

    "Is that a purple mustang?"

    "Yes"

    "Why?"

    "One guy brought more paint than we should have."

    +2 3 months ago
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    All tags were requested
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    3 months ago