Lope's Hope 3rd, July/August Update

This month the final permanent riveting of many of the fuselage skins took place. The balsa fuselage tank supports were completed. The doghouse progressed nicely and is nearly finished. One of the major mysteries was what command radio and radio compass would be correct for a CBI P-51C-5NT. 

Through lots of help from knowledgeable Mustang historians and restorers online, we were sent a copy of the order for radio equipment by theater of operation. An SCR-274N was used on Asian theater fighters rather than the more commonly used SCR 522. The radio compass was an ARN-11 which uses an MN-26 receiver. One in very nice condition was located and purchased from a seller in Italy.