November and early December was a time to finalize fabrication and assembly of some of the fuselage of this Texas Flying Legends Museum's P-51C project in preparation for interior painting.
The cockpit interior is being finished to the point where it can be disassembled for painting. That involves test fitting equipment like the radio control boxes and making and fitting the windscreen and side windows .windows
On the lower part of the fuselage, substantial progress has been made on the scoop area. The exit duct frame members are complete and inner and outer skins are made and clecoed on, nearly ready for final riveting. Mark fitted and permanently installed the tail gear in the rear section. The doghouse and exit door are also coming together.
The cowl skins and formers have been fabricated and assembled.
That made it possible to tear down the completed firewall and the forward frames, skins and engine mounts in preparation for the zinc chromate application.
It is always nice to see the more visible progress once tooling is done and parts are made.
Speaking of visible progress, we were sent photos of progress on the wings by Brent at Odegaard Wings.
That's it for the November /December update but the January one should be our in early February if not late January.