The Sterling Models Mustang build is off to a quick start. After dealing with the very delicate build of the Kharkov, it is a relief to deal with this kit which is offering me the robust components and structure that I was hoping for. Being able to handle the balsa pieces without the fear of breaking and then having to repair them is resulting in a much quicker build.
So far, I have spent most of my time on the wing structure. The biggest issue with it has been the lousy die cutting on the leading and trailing edge pieces and on the wing ribs. I needed to spend a lot of time cleaning them up in order to get all the pieces to fit together correctly. The rudder assembly was a breeze…two pieces of sheet balsa glued together. And today I was able to assemble the plywood doublers and maple engine mounts for the front fuselage engine area.
Here is a photo of the plane assembly as it currently stands:
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