P-51 Mustang (oz11687)


P-51 Mustang (oz11687) by Bill Effinger from Berkeley 1946 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

P-51 Mustang. Autotrol control line scale model, from Berkeley. Wingspan 37 in, for .19 to .30 engines.

Quote: "North American P-51 Mustang control line flying gas model kit of the famous fighter & Bendix Trophy race winner, for precision flying with .19 to .30 engines. 37 inch wingspan. The first and last word in control line gas models. A construction kit complete in every details, that will satisfy the most advanced and exacting model builder. Designed and engineered as a precision model with all the action and thrills of flying the full scale fighter."

Quote: "Steve & Mary, I attach the plan for Bill Effinger's 37 in span P-51 Mustang (kitted by his company Berkeley in the late 1940s) and a photo of the second sheet, which had construction renderings and building instructions. It would be wonderful if someone could contribute a scan of the second sheet.

For Xmas 1953 Santa (my sister was just 6) brought me this kit, along with a Fox .35 engine (which I still have, now on a Sterling Ringmaster). I remember pouring over the intricate mechanism for the flaps and retractable landing gear. A fascinating and complicated set of springs, linkages and mahogany bellcranks and horns raised and lowered the LG and flaps. A separate innovation, called 'Autotrol', of mahogany ply, rubber bands and a counterweight adjusted the rudder offset to keep the control lines taut. Berkeley kits were noted for their excellent plans and notorious for their materials and die-crunching. I can still remember rust flowering on the wire parts - the black coloring offered no protection against corrosion.

The kit was way beyond my skill set, so I didn't build it and I can't remember what happened to it - maybe it got trashed when we moved the next year. I'd love to get another kit if for no other reason than to drool over the linkage scheme for the flaps and retracts. Great memories! Anyone have the second sheet?? Keep up the great work!"

Direct submission to Outerzone.


Did we get something wrong with these details about this plan (especially the datafile)? That happens sometimes. You can help us fix it.
Add a correction

P-51 Mustang (oz11687) by Bill Effinger from Berkeley 1946 - model pic

  • (oz11687)
    P-51 Mustang
    by Bill Effinger
    from Berkeley
    37in span
    Scale IC C/L LowWing Military Fighter Kit
    formers unchecked
  • Submitted: 28/10/2019
    Filesize: 603KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: DPlumpe

  • North_American_P-51_Mustang | help
    see Wikipedia | search Outerzone

    ScaleType: This (oz11687) is a scale plan. Where possible we link scale plans to Wikipedia, using a text string called ScaleType.

    If we got this right, you now have a couple of direct links (above) to 1. see the Wikipedia page, and 2. search Oz for more plans of this type. If we didn't, then see below.

    ScaleType is formed from the last part of the Wikipedia page address, which here is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_P-51_Mustang
    Wikipedia page addresses may well change over time.
    For more obscure types, there currently will be no Wiki page found. We tag these cases as ScaleType = NotFound. These will change over time.
    Corrections? Use the correction form to tell us the new/better ScaleType link we should be using. Thanks.

P-51 Mustang (oz11687) by Bill Effinger from Berkeley 1946 - pic 003.jpg
P-51 Mustang (oz11687) by Bill Effinger from Berkeley 1946 - pic 004.jpg

Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email admin@outerzone.co.uk

User comments

Hello, Nice plan. This is a new addition to my Berkeley plans collection.
One issue: What do you mean when you say
"It would be wonderful if someone could contribute a scan of the second sheet.". I think it would not be difficult to scan this sheet the same way you scanned the original plan. I think it is of utmost importance to have these instruction drawings for such a complicated model.
If it is not possible to get it scanned, then a really nice photo can help to restore it. I can do that if you can provide me with well shot picture, the sheet as flat as possible and the camera pointing towards the center of the plan. If I can help in any way, let me know.
Best wishes,
Eduardo Barriga - 05/11/2019
I think what DPlumpe means is that he does not possess the 2nd sheet, and he only found a photo of it online.
SteveWMD - 05/11/2019
I have the already built plane and all 4 sheets of plans if anyone is interested in seeing them.
Dan Evans - 08/03/2020
Hello Dan. I'm interested in having all 4 plans. My email is edubarca1946@gmail.com.
Eduardo - 08/03/2020
Oh boy! - I'd sure love to see those missing pages, too, Dan. It'd take me back to Xmas 1953! I'm dplumpe@charter.net.
Dave Plumpe - 09/03/2020
Dan, if you can scan the 4 sheets and send the scans to us here, we'll host the scanned plan for everyone to see. As far as the actual paper copy goes, I don't really have a use for it, myself.
SteveWMD - 09/03/2020
Would be great if someone could contribute the print wood / formers to complete these plans - does anyone have them?
Adam - 07/07/2020
Hi everyone, I want to make a CATIA Model of an historical aircraft for my Final Project Master Degree. I would like to do it about the P51-Mustang one, but I need detailed plans of it. Could anybody provide me with them? If you have plans of another historical aircraft it could be good too. Thank you in advance. My mail is mariamorillom2@gmail.com
MariaMM - 04/11/2020
Add a comment



Download File(s):


* Credit field

The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.


This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.


Terms of Use

© Outerzone, 2011-2021.

All content is free to download for personal use.

For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.