Tamiya P-51D Mystery Part Question

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Tamiya P-51D Mystery Part Question

Joined: December 8th, 2004, 4:41 pm

June 13th, 2012, 12:06 pm #1

Does anyone have a real life picture of the vertical cylinder on the radio rack (part D47) on the 1/32 Tamiya P-51. I've been all over the net and I can't find a single picture or drawing of it. Barracuda instructions indicate wires running between the radio/battery and the cylinder, but I can't find anything anywhere showing it in detail, or that it even exists.

Any and all help aprreciated
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Joined: January 29th, 2009, 9:27 am

June 13th, 2012, 12:51 pm #2

You have a clear pic in page 52 of the Walk around N°7.

Many of restored mustang have lost their rear fuselage tank to provide a second seat.
So hard to find in today's P-51 walkaround this gauge...Anyway hundred points restoration such as "Lil'Margret" or "Happy Jack go Buggy" have this.
( Midwest Aero restorations )

Hope this is helpful.

Olivier
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Joined: December 8th, 2004, 4:41 pm

June 13th, 2012, 12:56 pm #3

The fuel tank gauge is identifiable and is a separate piece in the Tamiya kit. This cylinder is between the fuel tank gauge and the fuel filler pipe on the same (port) side as both.
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Joined: July 7th, 2011, 11:59 pm

June 13th, 2012, 1:16 pm #4

You're talking about the upright cylidner painted white that is part of the frame (part D47)?

That is the battery sump overflow reservoir bottle (whitish translucent bottle). It is connected to the battery case via a tube/hose (not a wire) and a second tube/hose that goes off to a drain hole on the lower fuselage (can't remeber exactly where without my references at hand).
This is so if the battery acid boils over it has somewhere to go rather than having the battery build pressure and explode behind your head (that'll ruin your day!).

HTH,
Marc B.
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Joined: January 29th, 2009, 9:27 am

June 13th, 2012, 1:19 pm #5

The fuel tank gauge is identifiable and is a separate piece in the Tamiya kit. This cylinder is between the fuel tank gauge and the fuel filler pipe on the same (port) side as both.
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You have this hole clearly visible...I suppose ( ? )



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Joined: December 8th, 2004, 4:41 pm

June 13th, 2012, 1:51 pm #6

The sump reservoir bottle would mount in the hole in the second photo. My guess at this time, until I see a picture of the actual bottle, is that the bottle either sat in that hole, or within a cylindrical bracket that fitted over the hole. Getting closer!

Thanks for the help!

Regards,


Cicchino
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Joined: February 15th, 2009, 5:46 am

June 13th, 2012, 1:59 pm #7

Does anyone have a real life picture of the vertical cylinder on the radio rack (part D47) on the 1/32 Tamiya P-51. I've been all over the net and I can't find a single picture or drawing of it. Barracuda instructions indicate wires running between the radio/battery and the cylinder, but I can't find anything anywhere showing it in detail, or that it even exists.

Any and all help aprreciated
It's the battery overflow bottle.  I'm pretty sure it was plain clear glass, or maybe translucent plastic like a windshield washer fluid bottle.  It had two rubber tubes through the cap, one to let the electrolyte in, the other to let the gases vent out.  It's possible at one point they could have just stopped catching the electrolyte and let it vent out though a hole in the fuselage, but the idea was to catch it for reuse* and to prevent it from getting on any metal and causing corrosion.  Most surviving Mustangs are late-block variants and they would have had the battery relocated (IIRC it's up front in the engine compartment).  Even if there's a "battery" behind the pilot, it's most likly just a hollow box meant to represent the wartime battery location, or even possibly to hide a modern sealed maintainance-free battery like most cars have now.  I haven't been able to locate a shot of the bottle, but here's a shot of the hole it fits into. 

 * actually the battery bottle's job was to neutralize the electrolyte with baking soda, so if it did escape it wouldn't be as corrosive to metal.  <img alt="[linked image]" src="http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/B ... G_6611.jpg">
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Joined: February 15th, 2009, 5:46 am

June 13th, 2012, 2:49 pm #8

the frame is black, not green as indicated in the Tamiya instructions (I mean really - who uses kit paint recommendations anymore when we now have the combined power of the internets at our disposal?...)
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Joined: September 29th, 2007, 2:02 pm

June 13th, 2012, 4:00 pm #9

Does anyone have a real life picture of the vertical cylinder on the radio rack (part D47) on the 1/32 Tamiya P-51. I've been all over the net and I can't find a single picture or drawing of it. Barracuda instructions indicate wires running between the radio/battery and the cylinder, but I can't find anything anywhere showing it in detail, or that it even exists.

Any and all help aprreciated
...and I'll send you a diagram from the P-51 Parts Manual showing the items in question.

Norm.

(You'll find my email by clicking on my name at the top-right hand corner of this message.)

He who dies with the most toys wins!!
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Joined: January 29th, 2009, 9:27 am

June 13th, 2012, 5:21 pm #10

Does anyone have a real life picture of the vertical cylinder on the radio rack (part D47) on the 1/32 Tamiya P-51. I've been all over the net and I can't find a single picture or drawing of it. Barracuda instructions indicate wires running between the radio/battery and the cylinder, but I can't find anything anywhere showing it in detail, or that it even exists.

Any and all help aprreciated
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Still searching for something clear in the previous type.

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