• Paper model of the fighter R-51N

    Materials and tools:

    1. scissors, paper knife, drawing ruler
    2. tweezers;
    3. glue brushes and paint;
    4. watercolors (or pencils), toothpicks;
    5. clear acrylic glue ("Moment", etc.);
    6. to print the model matte photo paper with a density of 170-180 g / m2; for small parts - 70-80 g / m2.

    Build Tips:

    1. Before you assemble the part, read the drawings and instructions. Determine the place of each part and imagine its assembly;
    2. Make holes in details before cutting out the part;
    3. Cut only the part (s) you need right now. Unpacked items in a box, and unused sheets in a closed folder (as an option). Throwing out trash after work, carefully inspect the scrap paper;
    4. To better fold the part, it is necessary to hold the ruler along the fold line, pressing lightly with the blunt side of the knife or a toothpick so as not to damage the paper surface. Better to do it from the wrong side of the part;
    5. Keep your fingers clean and be sure to use wipes to wipe your hands, because hands may get dirty in the process;
    6. wind up cylindrical parts before gluing onto a round object of a suitable diameter, this will give them shape;
    7. Before gluing it is necessary to paint the ends of the part. White crop lines spoil the overall look of the model. To paint the ends, use watercolors or gouache paints. After selecting the desired color, apply them in a thin layer, then allow the paint to dry. About markers better to forget;
    8. Take your time with gluing. First, cut out the part, paint it from the end, wait for the paint to dry, assemble the part. Attach it to the place where it should be to make sure everything is done correctly. And only then stick. Do not forget to let the glue dry.

    A bit of history

    American single-seat fighter P-51N

    The US single-seat F-51N fighter is an American single-seat long-range fighter of the Second World War period.

    The aircraft was designed and manufactured by North American on the request of the UK government as soon as possible.The first prototype of the NA-73X took off on October 26, 1940, only 117 days after placing an order for its production.

    Early modifications of the aircraft were equipped with the Allison V-1710 engine, which provided excellent performance when flying at a low altitude, but completely unsuitable for flying at altitudes above 4,600 meters.

    In April 1942, according to the results of tests by British testers, the fighter’s high-altitude characteristics were considered unsatisfactory, and the question arose of replacing it with another model. But the experts were so impressed with its maneuverability and speed at low altitude that they decided to invite specialists from Rolls-Royce for further consultations. As a result of this collaboration, the aircraft later became equipped with the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and its American counterpart Packard V-1650. Replacing the engine made it possible to significantly improve the high-altitude characteristics of the fighter, retaining all its advantages when flying at low altitude.

    Based on the XP-5IF, a serial fighter P-51N was created. He was armed with 6 machine guns, a motor —Packard-«Merlin»V-1650-9withfour-bladedpropellerAeroprodakt.Atanaltitudeof3109m,theengineinemergencymodecoulddevelopapowerof2,218liters.from.Thismodificationofthe«Mustang»Itturnedouttobethemost"frisky":withouttheoutboardfueltanksandotherexternalsuspensions,theaircraftdevelopedahorizontalspeedof783km/hatanaltitudeof7620m.Theclimbrate—27.18m/s.Withfuelonlyininternaltanks,therangeoftheR-51Nwas1,400km,withoutboardfueltanks— 1886 km.

    For the first time the plane took off in February 1945. The US Air Force ordered 1,450 R-51N fighters to be built at Eaglewood, but only 555 were built by the end of the war.


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