***PRICE REDUCED TO $250,000.00***
- Street: 1016 Sabre Lane
- City: Gravenhurst
- Province/State: Ontario
- Country: Canada
- Postal Code/Zip: P1P1R1
- Listed: January 31, 2013 6:42 am
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|15 Hr. TT|
FEATURES: New GM 350 HO ZZ3 engine dyno’d at 350 HP, dry sump and inverted fuel system, scaled with P-51D canopy. Many structural and design enhancements.
AVIONICS: 720 CH Becker Radio, dual battery installation. Performance is spectacular with easy cruise at 200 to 225 MPH. This is an aircraft you will have to see to fully appreciate.
FEW P-51 PILOT REPORT
At first glance as you walk up to the aircraft it looks like a P-51 with the exception as you get closer it starts showing its 2/3 scale status. Every detail possible of the P-51D has been incorporated into this aircraft such as air intakes, louvers, heat shields around exhaust, P-51D canopy, instrument panel, switch console, trim and throttle console, retractable tail wheel and doors and as can be seen in the pictures fully scaled main gear door system. This aircraft was even fitted with an emergency gear blow down system.
The engine is a new 8 cyl. GM350 HO ZZ3 reworked by Sunset Engine Development of Oregon, engine was completely disassembled and inspected, oil passages cleaned out and enlarged where necessary. It was then reworked and fitted with dry sump oil system for inverted flight. The engine has been fitted with dual ignition systems and Airflow Performance Inc. fuel injection. The propeller drive and reduction unit was made by Firewall Forward of Calgary and has proven to be an exceptionally good design and is geared to reduce the propeller RPM down to the Merlin engine prop RPM in the original Mustang. During Sunset Engine’s inspection and rework the engine was tested on a dynamometer at 350 HP. The engine is water/glycol cooled with radiator located in the belly of the aircraft as in the original also oil cooler in same location with temperature controlled by electronic servo control of belly scoop door. The fully enclosed retractable landing gear is actuated by electric hyd. power pack.
The propeller is an MT constant speed 88″ diameter 4-blade composite construction with ss leading edges, blade shape is the same as original P-51.
Entering the cockpit is done in the same manner as original P-51 by stepping on main gear wheel and climb onto leading edge of wing then step into cockpit. Once seated the instrument panel and cockpit lay out looks authentic WW II era including avionics.
Starting the engine requires aircraft type procedures.
Master switch on, with the option of turning on emergency battery as well for extra cranking power, one fuel pump on. Engage starter after several blades go by turn on ignition switches, the engine roars to life sounding much like a Merlin.
The engine oil pressure, temperature and fuel pressure are read in an original military tri-gauge on right head lower side of panel, there is a separate radiator coolant temp gauge and coolant pressure gauge, RPM and manifold pressure gauge. Volt/amp meter, other engine monitoring instrument JPS EDM-800 engine analyzer EGT/CHT temp, air intake temperature, cowl interior temperature and voltage, a Lamba Sensor to measure oxygen level in exhaust gases.
To taxi, stick is moved forward to unlock tail wheel, steering is with differential braking.
Run up is conventional with each ignition system check, prop cycled, mixture checked, temperatures and pressures checked, radiator scoop opened for take off and climb. Both ignition switches on, both fuel pumps on, flaps are optional for take off. Take off run is fast and short, aircraft accelerates very fast to 75 MPH for lift off, gear is retracted, aircraft has an exceptional rate of climb at 100 MPH, climb rate exceed 2000 ft./min. Leveling off, power is reduced to 25″ and 3200 RPM, radiator scoop is closed, cruise speed quickly builds to 200 MPH indicated.
Aircraft control response is positive and light, stability is excellent, when trimmed out it’s hands off. Trim tabs are provided for all axis. Roll rate exceeds that of any other general aviation aircraft I have ever flown. During cruise all temperatures and pressures are in the green with no system operating on the edge of acceptable margins, fuel consumption varies from 12 gal./hr. at low cruise to 20 gal./hr at high speed cruise setting. During cruise one fuel pump is shut off. Leaning is accomplished by monitoring the JPI engine analyzer for exhaust gas temp and a Lamba Sensor which measure oxygen content in the combustion mixture and is very accurate in determining correct mixture.
The avionics are few and functional. A Becker AR4201 with 720 channels, 10 preselect frequencies, built-in intercom. The Transponder is a RT-667.
Visibility is superb as would be expected from a fighter plane cockpit, visibility is good forward through the 1/2 inch thick front panel and through the 3/8 inch thick forward angled windshield pieces.
Slowing down doesn’t happen as fast as it accelerates, flaps can be deployed to 20 degrees at 140 MPH, this helps slow down to circuit speed, gear lowered also helps check the speed. Circuit speed is comfortable at 120 MPH, approach speed at 90 MPH and full 40% flap and touches down at 70 MPH. The aircraft lands in a two point attitude main gear only. This is a natural, comfortable and easy attitude to land in. Directional control is very positive during the roll out, when speed bleeds off the tail wheel make contact with the runway and is held there with back pressure on the stick which automatically locks the tail wheel. To unlock the tail wheel the stick is moved forward then directional control is made with differential braking.
The radiator scoop is opened to ensure a quicker cool down of radiator and oil cooler. A normal aircraft shut down procedure is used.
This aircraft was built as a 2-place with dual controls and a P-51 TF canopy so both D and TF model canopies are included.
This is an aircraft you have to see to appreciate all of the features incorporated in a truly scale P-51.
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