NAA P-51D Mustang: Tail Wheel Assembly: Update.
I shall need to temporarily suspend further work on the assembly model as the remaining parts to achieve a full build are created in a later version of the Inventor cad program and therefore not compatible with the version I currently have access to.
So this is as far as I can go with the assembly, though one could argue that it may be worthwhile including the necessary bolts, washers, turnbuckles etc, but to be honest most of this is planned as the final components in the build. The main reason for this is to ensure that everything aligns properly and works according to the design intent before plugging in all those connecting bits!
I have some tidying up to do with the fuselage frames and to develop that library I was talking about for the aeronautical standard parts and components…so perhaps this may be the time to get this done.
I also plan to do some 2d detail drawings for some of this modelling to record some of the key information that I have had to research separately from the archive resource and create the Bill of Materials structure that complies with the existing NAA documents for the complete assembly.
The 2d drawings will also serve as a dimensional check as these objects were built in mm whereas originally they were designed in inches.
Its very hard to identify small dimensional discrepancies when just reviewing the 3d model!
So for now I probably wont be posting too much on the modelling side of things but may include some new cad technotes on the techniques I have used in this project.