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PostSubject: HM HA7721A P-51D Mustang "Paul I"   Mon Feb 27 2017, 12:33

This is my Paul I mustang. I'm not sure if this is a WWII paint scheme or how it was re painted after its conversion. The TFM sale and the wonderful shade of blue is frankly why I bought this one.I know HM takes heat for some aspects of their mustangs but they also account for surprising details IMHO. In this case notice the propeller blades. They are obviously different than the WWII models and I assuming reflective of the conversion of this plane in real life. Still I HATE opening the canopies on all the HM P-51Ds. Notice on mine I can't get it to close all the way. Also the landing gear is very hard to work and fitting into the wheel well openings is tough. The two inside doors also sit a little wrong but again its because of how this fits into the well. This one and my P-51B are the worst. Still I really still like all these HM die cast offerings.









Mr. Paul Poberezny is a man with an astonishing background. Mr. Poberezny spent 30 years in
the U.S. Military as a pilot, test pilot and survived WWII and the Korean Conflict. When Lt. Col.
Poberezny retired he had the distinction of being the only person to receive all 7 military aviation
wings - glider pilot, service pilot, rated pilot, liaison pilot, senior pilot, Army aviator and command
pilot. Paul Poberezny was the founder of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association). The Paul I
P-51D was manufactured as 44-75007 but after WWII it became N5462V. In 1963 the aircraft had
a Cavalier Aircraft conversion to a 2-seater and became N3451D. In 1966 the aircraft was owned
by Trans Florida Aviation Inc., Sarasota FL. In 1969 N3451D became the property of Tempress
Research C. Corp. of Sunnyvale CA.  In the early 1970’s the aircraft was used as an air-racer
#96 before it finally went to the EAA of Oshkosh, WI in 1977. Here it received a yellow nose and
blue scheme like another P-51D “Lou IV”. It was also given the code PH-P and the name “Paul I”.
The aircraft flew until August 2, 1982 when on that day during a flight the engine started to
sputter and Paul Poberezny realized that if he didn’t end up crash landing the aircraft too much
historical value that it would go into the Eagle Hangar at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh
where it can be seen on display today. Paul Poberezny is believed to be the only living person
that flew every version of the P-51 including the XP-51 prototype which can also be seen at the
EAA AirVenture Museum.

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PostSubject: Re: HM HA7721A P-51D Mustang "Paul I"   Mon Feb 27 2017, 13:37

Your getting quite the Mustang collection.   All beauties.     Probably a good idea to handle these with gloves as we forget the oils and acids natural to our fingers when handling these has the ability to  degrade the finished over time.

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PostSubject: Re: HM HA7721A P-51D Mustang "Paul I"   Mon Feb 27 2017, 14:12

Kyushu J7W wrote:
Your getting quite the Mustang collection.   All beauties.     Probably a good idea to handle these with gloves as we forget the oils and acids natural to our fingers when handling these has the ability to  degrade he finished over time.  
Well again as I've said in some of my posts it was that darn Mule sale at the end of last year. I only really wanted a representative of each type (not 3 P-51D's!) but like you and others have said that sale was nuts. I'm not that hard over with the gloves but some of my 1:400 models are finger printed nicely and they're just a pain to get off so after telling myself for a few years to get gloves I finally did.

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