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Tailspin Turtle

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  1. Most memorable film scenes..

    I always wonder where the movie star's trailers and camp chairs are... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-faIvd2O0k
  2. F4H-1 Phantom Prototype Brigade Models

    Let's see if this link works: http://phantomphacts.blogspot.ca/2014/07/f4h-1-intake-splitter-plates.html
  3. F4H-1 Phantom Prototype Brigade Models

    A few notes. The first 47 F4Hs did not have vents on the bottom of the inlet ducts; the unwanted air was dumped out between the inlet and the fuselage through holes in the first variable ramp. The tailhook on the first few/several F4Hs was flat on the bottom immediately aft of its attachment point. See http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2011/05/early-phantom-iis-redux.html The first few F4Hs did not have the stabilator with the cambered leading edge. See http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2009/11/early-phantom-iis.html and http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2011/09/f-4-flapstabilizer-change.html I don't know much about the rear cockpit on the first flight other than an ejection seat was not installed. My guess is that the basic structure was there, certainly the circuit breaker panels. One detail was that the aft bulkhead of the rear cockpit was vertical, not canted, since it was originally a compartment full of aircraft systems components and the ammo drums for the AH's cannon. The rails for the ejection seat were attached to the floor and the top of the bulkhead like a ladder leaning against a wall. For some reason, the first-flight F4H's first variable ramp did not have all those holes for boundary-layer air removal. Also see: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2013/02/f4h-1-flush-canopy.html http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2013/03/f4h-f-4-phantom-index.html http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2012/12/early-f4h-rat.html
  4. F4H-1 Phantom Prototype Brigade Models

    The 12th F4H, BuNo 145311, which first flew in February 1960, was the first to have the Martin-Baker seat installed on the production line. However, 142260 (ship #2), 145307 (the second Sageburner), and 145309 are known to have been retrofitted with M-B seats. There may have been others.
  5. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    The fuel vent had to be changed on the Brit Phantoms so the FG.1 could be accommodated on the smallest elevator. See http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2012/05/spey-powered-phantom-changes.html and scroll way down. For what it's worth, XT-595 and XT-596 had the original vent. For XT-595's unique markings, see http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2016/11/f-4k-first-flight-markings.html
  6. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Painting flight-test hardware orange is pretty standard in the industry.
  7. Grumman Tiger - prototype/production differences

    The first F9F-9 was not painted for its first flight. It was subsequently painted white. This was also true for a couple of other early F9F-9s. I haven't seen any with red trim.
  8. Grumman Tiger - prototype/production differences

    A first draft: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-grumman-xf9f-9-too-little-too-soon.html
  9. Grumman Tiger - prototype/production differences

    I'm working on a post that shows all that. In addition, the prototype did not initially have an afterburner or inlet splitter plates, the nose wheel doors were different, and there was a huge pitot on the right side of the forward fuselage.
  10. F11F-1 Tiger Hasegawa 1:72

    It wouldn't be that much more difficult a conversion than you did with the short nose. You need the right J79 afterburner and a modified boat tail, slightly different (larger and squared off) inlets with a different ramp, and a second windscreen laid over the original one. There were a couple of other variations. Everything you need to know is here: http://www.ginterbooks.com/NAVAL/NF44.htm
  11. F11F-1 Tiger Hasegawa 1:72

    It looks great too. You should do an F11F-1F to complete the set...
  12. F11F-1 Tiger Hasegawa 1:72

    The F11F did not have an APU. The brown stain is oil vented overboard from the J65's center and rear bearings. The A4D-1 and -2 had the same engine, which is why there is prominent staining on its fuselage.
  13. Skyhawk first flight question

    It's definitely the 150-gallon tank but it's very likely that it was repurposed to house flight-test instrumentation like a data recorder or photo panel. As Navy870 stated above, there was minimal interior volume that didn't already have something in it. There are also pictures of early flight-test A2Ds with a similar external store that was almost certainly contained research instrumentation.
  14. F11F-1 Tiger Hasegawa 1:72

    Excellent build of a very good kit and correct modification to the short-nose version. For more, see http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2010/11/f11f-tiger.html
  15. Glass panels in lower fuselage on Grumman Wildcats?

    OK - Everything I know so far: https://thanlont.blogspot.com/2018/01/pre-war-downward-vision-windows.html
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