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Posted: 5/31/2009 5:20:28 PM EST
My dream plane, a modern rebuild of a P-38 Lightning. Just wondering, who builds these things nowadays? I've seen modernized ones in magazines, is there a manufacturer that sells them as a regular item?

Just pricing, I'm not rich yet
Link Posted: 5/31/2009 5:59:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/31/2009 6:01:26 PM EST by QUIB]
Link Posted: 5/31/2009 6:19:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/31/2009 6:29:22 PM EST by Texkaw]
The only repro warbirds I have seen are 2/3 scales repros, a few mustangs done like that. Those are pretty cool.

For the real thing, you are talking millions.






2/3 reproduction P-51 Mustang
This is a Stewart S-51
built by Dan McGarry.
The Photo was taken by Jim Klick
from an old, fully restored, T-33


Stewart S-51 Builder's page




2/3 p51 (S-51) In flight.


The Stewart S-51D is an all aluminum replica of the North American P51-D Mustang at approximately 70% scale. The aircraft was designed by Jim Stewart over a period of about 20 years, and was offered as a kit in the late 1990s. It is normally powered by a big block Chevy V-8 engine in the range 454-573 cubic inch displacement. These engines normally make between 400-600 hp at 4750 rpm.

Chevy 454 in the air ain't nothin to sneeze at.

Sweet Video of the S-51


Link Posted: 5/31/2009 6:26:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/31/2009 6:27:07 PM EST by QUIB]
Link Posted: 6/1/2009 3:25:25 AM EST
Check out http://ezellaviation.com/. They just finished a five year total restoration of Lefty Gardner's "White Lightning" for the new owner Red Bull.
Rumors are that it was in the $8,000,000 plus range.
Link Posted: 6/1/2009 3:43:21 AM EST
Originally Posted By Texkaw:
The only repro warbirds I have seen are 2/3 scales repros, a few mustangs done like that. Those are pretty cool.

For the real thing, you are talking millions.




http://i42.tinypic.com/dc2zqq.jpg

2/3 reproduction P-51 Mustang
This is a Stewart S-51
built by Dan McGarry.
The Photo was taken by Jim Klick
from an old, fully restored, T-33


Stewart S-51 Builder's page


http://i41.tinypic.com/kdpts7.jpg

2/3 p51 (S-51) In flight.


The Stewart S-51D is an all aluminum replica of the North American P51-D Mustang at approximately 70% scale. The aircraft was designed by Jim Stewart over a period of about 20 years, and was offered as a kit in the late 1990s. It is normally powered by a big block Chevy V-8 engine in the range 454-573 cubic inch displacement. These engines normally make between 400-600 hp at 4750 rpm.

Chevy 454 in the air ain't nothin to sneeze at.

Sweet Video of the S-51




Sorry, the Chevy v-8 while powerful just doesn't have the sound of the old Rolls Royce Merlin..........not even a comparison.

Merlin Powered Chevy
Link Posted: 6/1/2009 5:01:34 PM EST
For your budget,Revell-Monogram makes a nice kit.
Link Posted: 6/1/2009 5:28:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By MattyMattel:
For your budget,Revell-Monogram makes a nice kit.


Funny
Link Posted: 6/1/2009 8:47:15 PM EST
Originally Posted By QUIB:
There were a group of guys in Germany, building FW-190s,

ETA: http://www.flugwerk.de/





is there anyone in the states with one?i hate to even ask what one costs.....
Link Posted: 6/1/2009 10:01:28 PM EST
For only $750k you can have your very own repro P-51.
Link Posted: 6/1/2009 11:02:24 PM EST
I saw a 2/3-ish P-38 about three or four years ago on TV, an older gentleman put one together, but I can't remember much more about it.
In the mid to late 80's, somebody also put together 1/2 scale Stuka's. Flying or Popular Science had an article about those as well.

There was an 80% P-38 project, but it is gone, and, last but not least, a 67% A-10 Warthog project. Can't track either one of those, they are kaput.
Link Posted: 6/2/2009 1:28:11 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/2/2009 4:45:52 PM EST
I think a 1/2 scale mini B-17 would be the shit to have.
Link Posted: 6/3/2009 1:56:22 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/3/2009 4:27:08 PM EST
Perhaps my P-38 Repro was a misstatement. Doesn't have to be an exact replica. I've seen more modern private aircraft that were just build as a P-38 "Style" in magazines. I'd be perfectly happy with those too
Link Posted: 6/3/2009 6:14:32 PM EST
Originally Posted By FivespeedF150:
My dream plane, a modern rebuild of a P-38 Lightning. Just wondering, who builds these things nowadays? I've seen modernized ones in magazines, is there a manufacturer that sells them as a regular item?

Just pricing, I'm not rich yet


There was one mentioned in EAA Sport Aviation a number of months back; the gentleman who built it did a great job and it really looked for all the world like a real P-38, but he did not want to sell the plans (let alone produce a kit) because of the liability. In our society, I guess I can't blame him.

Link Posted: 6/3/2009 6:23:19 PM EST
Sorry but give me a BD-10 (if one existed!) WJ
Link Posted: 6/6/2009 5:01:36 AM EST
Maybe you could get the blue prints from lockheed martin and build it yourself
Link Posted: 6/7/2009 4:26:11 PM EST
They had one of the S51's crash into a RV park here in Ocala, FL a couple of months ago. the pilot was the only one who died.

Dan
Link Posted: 6/10/2009 10:03:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/10/2009 10:14:22 PM EST by biomechaniod]
Link Posted: 6/11/2009 12:34:16 PM EST
I've been wanting to buy one of these Titan T-51 Kits for some time now.

Last time I checked, there were some good aerobatic videos of one with a Mini-Merlin on Youtube.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 4:07:25 PM EST
Originally Posted By Windjammer223:
Sorry but give me a BD-10 (if one existed!) WJ


Not sure you would want one...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bede_BD-10
Looks kewl, but it has killed every one who has flown one.
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