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07-20-2005, 01:30 AM
For all you New Zealanders and P-51 ethusiasts there is an awesome website you may find very interesting.


It contains a replica of the WW2 P-51 Mustang; Thunder Mustang, which at three quarter scale still meets or exceeds all the performance ratings of the original P-51.

Sporting a sexy RED colour scheme, this baby has a 'Falconer V-12' powering it at 640hp.

With a MAX speed of 326kts (375mph) @ sea-level and a crusing speed (75% power) at 300kts (375mph); this Thunder Mustang has rate-of-climb of 5200ft/min, a range of 1200 naut. miles (with internal tanks only) and a service ceiling of 25,000 ft.

A team of hard-core aviation buffs, teamed together to create a syndicate which together managed to get themselves a hold of, and bring to New Zealand; which must be the most beutiful aircraft in exitance; the Thunder Mustang.

The four members of the syndicate are;

* Simon Gault (was the idea behind the whole thing)
* Robert Burns
* Chris Bromley
* Bryan Gault(ret. RNZAF; Test Pilot and CFI)

This website contains a gallery of this Mustang, performance tables, information on the syndicate teams members, and a Test Pilot Report from Bryan Gault.

This Mustang is an awesome addition to the New Zealand Aviation Community and I know all Kiwis and alike would kill (well not quite http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif to get a chance to get behind the controls. Personally, as only a stundent pilot, with only experience in a Cessna-152; I have only a limited imagination about how exilerating this aircraft would feel; and have no doubt; would scare the **** out of me but excite me simultaenously.

I could only dream about flying this aircraft; and know this Mustang is way out of my legue; but in the future... Who knows? If I ever get the chance to fly anything like this; I would definitaly take the opportunity.


07-20-2005, 03:19 AM
See you at Wanaka. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

07-20-2005, 03:34 AM
I have seen pics of this "pocket rocket" before, but never in the flesh so to speak. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Fingures crossed that I can make the venture to Wanaka next April, and that it makes an appearance.

Cheers for the link http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

07-20-2005, 04:39 AM
That is truely awesome. No doubt about it.

One question though why build a replica at 3/4 scale and not just go the whole nine yards?

Very beatiful plane never the less.

TgD Thunderbolt56
07-20-2005, 07:10 AM
Sweet! I want one.

07-20-2005, 12:30 PM
Originally posted by PlimPlam:
That is truely awesome. No doubt about it.

One question though why build a replica at 3/4 scale and not just go the whole nine yards? Lots less $$$ both to buy and to run.

07-20-2005, 01:13 PM
I was just reading yesterday that in the US, for insurance purposes, if you build/own a Thunder Mustang then you have to get training on an AT-6 or similar....or at least that went a long way to reducing your insurance premiums. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif