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Tailspin Turtle

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  1. For future reference: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2013/08/half-baked-172nd-grumman-wf-2e-1b.html http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2010/11/trader-and-tracer.html
  2. Matchbox F9F-4 Panther

    Mea culpa on my part. I looked down my nose at the Matchbox F9F-5 kit once upon a time (deep panel lines, vertical fin that was too thin, simplistic detail, etc.) once upon a time. Not a sow's ear or Mach II, but more of a toy than Hasegawa's F9F-2 (http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2009/10/grumman-panther.html). Your build shows that a real modeler, as opposed to an assembler, can work wonders with it.
  3. Italeri, nee ESCI AEW Skyraider question...

    The auxiliary fins mounted on the horizontal stabilizer were also angled three degrees to the left.
  4. Sword FJ-2 Fury

    Looks great. Did you thin the trailing edges from the inside or the outside?
  5. Matchbox F9F-4 Panther

    Clarification: as the wings are folded, the mechanization of the aileron control system across the wing-fold joint moves both ailerons increasingly up as wings go up. They are not up before the wings begin to fold and they are never both down if they are connected to the stick.
  6. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG1

    As far as I know, it's the same basic wing as the J. The wider fuselage sat on top of the wing so the span is the same.
  7. 1/72 Douglas Skyraider A-1J - Build No.2

    Using that cockpit with that kit is close to the classic application of lipstick on a pig... It it fits, you will need to do a lot of work, including finding a replacement canopy and (if I remember correctly) reshaping the prop, to bring the rest of the kit up to the standard that you have established...
  8. Options for a FJ-4 in 1/72

    Hmm - That is a bit ugly. Some of it may be lens effect. However, the front of the kit fuselage (the inlet lip is a separate part) is canted forward and it shouldn't be. The refueling pod and matching drop tank are clearly too big (those weren't on the drawing). The models look better in the pictures taken from above since those two features aren't so evident.
  9. Options for a FJ-4 in 1/72

    ? I've compared it to the pretty good North American FJ-4 drawings (which I may have provided to Gordon) and the parts match almost exactly. I don't know what online images you are referring to. Are they are built models or three view drawings? The only shape problem is the horizontal tail planform, which is understandable because the NAA drawing is incorrect (see http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2015/04/esci-148th-fj-23.html and scroll down).
  10. Options for a FJ-4 in 1/72

    For more than you probably wanted to know, including a link to a build of the Emhar kit: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2016/10/north-american-fj-44b-fury-notes.html My Rareplanes canopy has yellowed slightly but I suspect it will get worse if I bring it out of the closet. Aeroclub did a canopy and metal landing gear. Pavla has a canopy as well.
  11. F2H-3 natural metal- plea for pictures

    I'm pretty sure that "interior structural spaces" didn't refer to wheel wells per se. However on page 39, Elliott states that "Before (July 16, 1959) the instructions... implied that the landing gear and wheel well interior were to be painted with Zinc Chromate primer. In many cases they were also painted to match adjacent surfaces." So I think green zinc chromate or interior green is the way to bet. Note that McDonnell's practice of painting the entire interior surface of landing gear doors from the FH-1 onward was not a Navy spec requirement so there was some latitude in company-specific build documentation with respect to finish.
  12. F2H-3 natural metal- plea for pictures

    What I know: Gray scale pictures from below suggest that the wheel wells are dark, therefore green. However, the main gear wheel wells of the F2H-3 that was at the Quonset, RI museum appear to be green in the outboard wing panel (where the tire goes) and natural metal in the inboard wing section (strut). For pretty much sure, the interior side of the gear doors are red, including the ones that cover the main gear wheel wells.
  13. F2H-3 natural metal- plea for pictures

    They were natural metal, which means that there were a lot of different "colors". Also see http://thanlont.blogspot.com/2009/12/it-seemed-like-good-idea-at-time-vii.html. The McDonnell assembly approach resulted in a smooth wing surface. The inlet ducts were plain metal. I don't know about the wheel wells but I'll see what I can find.
  14. Sword FJ-2 Fury

    Your speed brake well is very impressive. Paul Boyer: "Other problems I’m having include a poor fit of the intake trunk to the intake lips. I suggest refining the fit of the front end and not worry about whether it meets the bulkhead under the cockpit; you’re not going to be able to see a gap back in there." I'm inclined to assemble the intake together with the aft cockpit bulkhead first to provide good support for the intake trunk (duct) rather than having it just attached inside the inlet and the wheel well...
  15. T-28 Trojan

    Ginter wrote that the checks are red and white. I don't have anything that confirms that and it is definitely non-standard. Undated patches show a green and white checkerboard border as does this one: http://www.flyingtigerantiques.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=fta&Product_Code=z99usnsq90055va&Category_Code=06usnsq