full size P-40 replica
by Jim Delaney
Jack Landree and a couple dedicated
friends are building a full size replica P-40 near Millington,
Tenn. It's based on a steel tube structure to which fiberglass
fuselage halves are attached. The wing will be all aluminum
as will the tail surfaces except where the fabric covered. The
wheels, brakes, and struts are adapted from an older existing
aircraft that used the same size parts.
Several engine options are being
explored in addition to the Allison and Rolls Royce Merlin.
It was discovered that the aircraft could be flown on as little
as 350 HP if kept light so an automotive conversion is being
pursued as well.
To date, the molds have been
made for the fuselage halves and are now ready to have parts
pulled from them. An engineering co. was brought in to help
with design work and engine or engine parts are being built
that can be used with the automotive conversion.
Early in the project, Jack expressed
a desire to someday make the P-40 available in kit form that
the average workingman could afford.
The landing gear
prototypes have been built as has the tail. The engine conversion
is done and ready for assembly. We are currently working on
a direct port fuel injection system for the 27 liter V-12 tank
engine we have converted to turn a Hamilton Standard 23E-50
propeller from a DC-3.
My Facebook page
on the P-40
The engine conversion
for the Meteor tank engine will require casting a new intake
as they are a structural part of the engine. The Meteor intake
is very restrictive and cuts hp down to 650 BHP at 2,500 rpm.
It is capable of far more with direct port fuel injection @
We also have molds
made from an original P-51D Mustang and can make statics and
parts for those as well. Here are some pics of side cowlings
I have done for hangar art, and a P-51 built from my molds.
We make full length fuselage sides for both the P-51D and P-40E-N
in both silver gelcoat or fully painted in the markings of choice
for the buyer.
Both of our molds
for the P-40 and P-51 were made from veteran aircraft which
still wore their wartime skin at the time.
A couple pics of
a P-51 built from our molds.
© Jim Delaney 2004 -