by Chuck Cravens
Some skins and systems are in process this month and are nearing completion.
One more skin assembly section ahead of the firewall remains.
It’s the three piece rear lower cowl section. This is one of the differences between B/C model P-51s and the D models. On the D, the same lower rear cowl section is all one piece.
Latest word is that we will be receiving the Merlin from Roush right after it has been test run. It has been repaired and is ready to run, so that shouldn’t be long in coming.
When that happens, we will remove these cowl pieces prior to installing the V-1650. We should receive the Packard-Merlin in the coming month.