Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 1, 2010 15:39:04 GMT 12
On Saturday I spent the day at Hamilton Airport with Bruce helping him to do a little work on his Avian Adventurer.
Whilst there Bruce introduced me to John Shuttleworth, who has built this lovely Titan Mustang. It is in the test flying stages at the moment. The paintjob on it is so nicely done, and it represents the No. 3 (Canterbury) Squadron Mustangs of the Territorial Air Force that John used to watch as a schoolboy when he lived in Christchurch. The nose art is a photo of the girl he fell in love with at the same time he said, who is now Mrs Shuttleworth. And the number 57 on the tail is to denote that this is kit no. 57 from the Titan Mustang factory. I'm looking forward to seeing this gorgeous Mazda Rotary engined beast in the air, and even better perhaps with ZK-TAF.
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 1, 2010 19:14:25 GMT 12
It's a two seater too by the way! It must be great fun to fly in.
John said that of the 27 Titan Mustang kits that have come to New Zealand so far, there is one other that will be painted in RNZAF TAF colours, in the Otago squadron scheme. The rest seem to be going for USAAF colours. Bruce said that there's one being built right now as a highback B/C model too!
I hope in a few years time they have a mass gathering of 3/4 scale and full scale real Mustangs somewhere. That'd be cool.
Dont forget this one. Mike Crene Built DBG in his garage at Loburn, before moving up to Matamata. He wanted something different from the usual USAAF schemes, and something with a distinct "kiwi" flavour. I had a sod of a job painting this, we had to heat the garage with a kerosene heater, then turn it off and get as mush painting done before it got too cold again. Mike sold her recently (to the USA) and intends to build his next one as a B with the Malcolm hood canopy.
I must say I'm disappointed DBG has gone overseas, I had the chance to get up close and personal at Omaka some years ago and was very impressed, but it is fantastic to hear of so many others in the pipeline! SMF looks superb, and the noseart concept is stunning!
Perhaps a massed formation of T-51s will take place at Omaka or Wanaka? One can hope...
She flies! Now then what does she sound like? I know it will be nothing like a Merlin just curious. You know me and engines! ;D
It is quite throaty, not quite the bellow of a big V12, but very difficult to describe - Better than a Rotax anyway! It is having a few coolant temp issues related to the long plumbing run from the engine to the ventral Radiator, but there are some solutions in hand. Its the old story when doing something new, there are lot of tweaks and mods along the way.
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Now then what does she sound like? I know it will be nothing like a Merlin just curious. You know me and engines!
Baz62 sounds kind of like a nifty fifty coming towards you although you can here it coming from quite some distance - as bruce says is quite a difficult sound to describe. but personally closest comparison I would give would be a Nifty fifty kind of sound.