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Old October 13th, 2010, 08:50 PM
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I need some advice on installing the antenna wire thru the canopy. Please let me know. Also, what type "wire" do you recommend

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Old October 14th, 2010, 08:28 AM
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Use a piece of masking tape over the canopy to allow you to mark the position of the hole and prevent scratching (hopefully). Everyone has their own idea of what works for rigging wire-everything from stretched sprue to monofiliment fish line to stainless steel wire. I would suggest elastic thread. Aeroclub carries it but I think you can find the same thing at a fabric store.
You can run it past a Sharpie marker to darken it and it attaches with super glue.
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Are you sure the specific Mustang you want to build had the wire antenna on it?
During WWII the vast majority of Mustangs removed the antenna when they were deployed.
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Are you sure the specific Mustang you want to build had the wire antenna on it?
During WWII the vast majority of Mustangs removed the antenna when they were deployed.
Not a Mustang connoisseur, does that mean the P-51s used the antenna mast itself as the antenna vie the wire?
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I need some advice on installing the antenna wire thru the canopy. Please let me know. Also, what type "wire" do you recommend

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The thru canopy antenna is for the Detrola low frequency VHF receiver, and was useful really only in CONUS....the SCR-522 VHF radio set used the antenna mast on the upper fuselage, and the Detrola radio and antenna was removed as a matter of normal practice on P-51s going overseas, though all P-51D/Ks left Dallas or Inglewood with the Detrola set installed.
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