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ScaleWings, SW51 Mustang by Scale Wings, Aero Expo Friedrichshafen Germany



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At Aero 2013, I covered one of the most interesting replica airplanes I have ever seen in many years of scouring airshows for light aircraft of interest. My videographer and I did a video story about this exciting project. The airplane was again displayed at Aero 2014 though not in such a high traffic location but that hardly dampened enthusiasm. No question … ScaleWings continued their approach of great showmanship in displaying the most authentically realistic reproduction of a 70% scale P-51 Mustang you can imagine. Most replicas have to approximate some qualities but ScaleWings AeroTec, made what they are now calling SW51 into something different. It has detail beyond what you can envision without seeing the construction in person.

The SW51 reproduces the 100,000 or so rivets and screws that put together an original World War II vintage P-51 Mustang. The work is all done in composite so those are not real screws or rivets but you’d have to be a P-51 mechanic to tell the difference, even when you put your hand on the skin to be sure your eyes are not deceiving you. SW51 is magnificent! “Every rivet row, every screw and every maintenance door matches the original plane,” said creator ScaleWings. A reported 40,000 man hours have been invested.

Today, Jon Hansen of Hansen Air Group called to say that SW 51 flew in October 2014 and the initial flight went very well. “It looks to exceed our flight expectations for it,” exclaimed Jon. Because demand is already spiking, FK Lightplanes’ Poland factory will be working to build about one SW51 per week. The design has been optimized not only for a very high degree of authenticity but for swifter production. Jon explained that using modern CAD manufacturing, the assembly of the components can happen fairly fast. “When the fuselage halves go together, much of the wiring and other details will already be in place,” Jon explained.

A European-style ultralight version will have retractable gear and in-flight adjustable prop because such is allowed under rule in the EU. “For the USA, we will be offering a Light-Sport version with fixed gear and propped to stay within the 120 knot limit of LSA,” clarified Jon. Weight, all parties have said all along, will not be a problem because the design is created for sale in Europe as well where the limits are 472.5 kilograms (1,041 pounds) to include the German required airframe parachute. SW51 is also designed to accommodate aerobatic flying.

Developer ScaleWings said, “[Our] Mustang is an absolute true to original … replica of the legendary P-51 Mustang.” What was formerly called FK51 “will be produced in a complex but extremely strong carbon-honeycomb construction … a guarantee for an extremely lightweight construction with maximum strength. [SW51] Mustang will look deceptively similar to the original Mustang in all surface details.” To be sure structures and aerodynamics were professionally engineered, ScaleWings worked closely with the founder of FK Lightplanes, Peter Funk. Using his years of experience, Peter is responsible for the aerodynamic and static design, structure layout, dimensioning, load tests, flight tests and the certification of the SW-51 Mustang, said ScaleWings.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. superskullmaster

    June 16, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    First.

  2. Irwansyah Lubis

    June 16, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Hi…
    Dear Sir…good to see you
    Nice Video…
    Amazing..
    God bless

    Regard,
    Lubis.

  3. Jerry Howard

    June 16, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    I'd sure like to have me one of them.

  4. Bravo21

    June 16, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Beautiful. Would really like to know more about that Power-plant and gear reduction system combo they have.

  5. Don C

    June 16, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Now that is a beautiful plane!

  6. Mike Hubbard

    June 17, 2018 at 1:53 am

    AWESOME WORK GUYS. I'm wondering how much-just courious.

  7. William Brock

    June 17, 2018 at 3:04 am

    $180k for the UL version with 912 engine, plus shipping to USA. Rated at +6 -4 G.

  8. Darryl Ellitson

    June 17, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Great video. Been waiting for this. Wish you could have covered the price options

  9. My Flyer

    June 17, 2018 at 8:47 am

    no retractable gear in the states?! Why?

  10. Keith Lucas

    June 17, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Would look better and more realistic with six .30 cal barrels sticking out the wings, and more fun if they worked.

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