Friday, May 1, 2009
JURCA MJ-7 “BABY MUSTANG”
|STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 2,000. Empty wt. 1,175. Fuel capacity 30. Wingspan 25'10". Length 22'4".
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 225. Cruise mph 175. Stall mph 65. Takeoff run 900. Landing roll 800. Range 570.
Sportplane enthusiasts have always shown an interest in building replicas of fighter planes. Unlike planes from World War I, World War II ships have been difficult to re-create due to their massive engines, complex metal structure, and sheer size. To facilitate homebuilding, designer Marcel Jurca created scaleddown versions of the P-51 Mustang, the Supermarine Spitfire, and the Focke-Wulf FW-190. The Mustang was designed in 2/3 or 3/4 scale. Only the relative size of a pilot’s head identifies the baby P-51 from its bigger ancestor. The ship first flew with a 200-hp Ranger inline engine. Other engines that can be used include: any of the six-cylinder Rangers, the 125-hp Menasco, the 130-hp Gipsy Major, the 125- to 160-hp Canadian Rambler, or the General Motors Buick F-58. Materials used are wood and fabric.