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Navy Bird

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  1. Thanks, Tommy. Here is a photo that shows the two intakes: This is perhaps a more clear view, prior to her re-paint: (Mr. Kistler - if you're out there and would like this photo removed, please let me know. Thanks.) And a close-up: This is another interesting part of the kit, as the shape for the intakes is cast into the wings, they are not hollowed out. Nor are the vanes provided in photoetch. You can see from the first photo in this post, that the air is directed very dramatically towards the center of the aircraft. The wings in the kit are one piece, and would present an interesting challenge to try and create the interior of the intake without messing up the wing proper. My plan at this point is to use a black decal that mimics the intake shape, and paint Sea Blue stripes to represent the vanes. Lazy way to do it, I know. Cheers, Bill PS. I'm hoping that it's just the flash used on the indoor photos, but that re-paint looks like the wrong colour. In the pictures, it looks more like Blue Angel Blue FS15050 than Dark Sea Blue FS15042. PPS. Last night, I read through a company profile published by Aeroplane Monthly in 2014 called "Curtiss 1907-1947." This purports to show nearly all of the 120 aircraft designs produced by Curtiss whether they achieved series production or not. In the cases where an aircraft had a name or nickname in addition to its designation, that is shown (like Hawk, Warhawk, Kittyhawk, etc.). The XF15C is the penultimate entry in this profile (the last being the XP-87 Blackhawk), and it is listed as simply the XF15C-1 (Model 99). This is a great company profile with 132 pages - a wonderful summary of Curtiss aircraft. Highly recommended if you can find a copy!
  2. In the US, Stingaree was the name of a section of San Diego (a Navy town!) that was well known as being a hangout for the city's undesirables, where all the gambling, illegal drugs, opium dens, and prostitution were based. This reputation lasted well past the time this aircraft was developed. If the US Navy wouldn't allow Grumman to call the F7F the Tomcat because it promoted female promiscuity, I find it unlikely that the name Stingaree would have been used for this aircraft. Even if Curtiss was trying to make an inside joke, the Navy wouldn't have allowed it. That, and the fact that my friend who worked at Curtiss said the people who worked on it remember the project name (no official nickname) as Stingray leaves me to believe that Stingaree is an urban legend. If someone can come up with any Curtiss or USN documents saying otherwise, I'll be happy to change my mind! I've been wrong before... Cheers, Bill
  3. Check this out - she's starting to look like an aeroplane! Let's see, to get to this point I added about 25 grams of ballast up front to prevent her from being a tail-setter. The cockpit and nose gear well were added to the port fuselage. The wings and the tailplane were drilled out and pinned to provide a stronger bond than what I would have had with a butt join. Next, I'll work on blending the wing roots to the fuselage, and see what I can do about the cowling. You can see that there is room for the intake below the spinner - I'm still dumbfounded on why that wasn't included. I think adding this is going to be a royal pain. Ah, modelling... Cheers, Bill
  4. Nice RAT! Hey, I thought you were a Martian, not a rodent. Cheers, Bill
  5. It seems to be based on the Hasegawa FRS.1 kit, in my opinion. Many of the parts are interchangeable. I plan on using the Hasegawa wings on the Xtrakit fuselage since they have the vortex generators (although I have to remove a couple of them in addition to modifying the leading edge a bit). The intakes on the Xtrakit FA.2 are apparently an exercise in putty and sanding, if build threads are to be believed. I haven't put my finger on it yet, but the nose and radome look a bit weird. I think it's because the forward fuselage follows Hasegawa, and therefore the underside turns up too much towards the front, and is a tad short. However... I think Xtrakit can be the basis of a good model. Cheers, Bill
  6. Except for the t-tail, I suppose. But then, the XF15C didn't always have a t-tail: Cheers, Bill
  7. I haven't stopped work completely, I've been busy painting the fiddly bits - tyres/wheels, landing gear doors, canopy, etc. I've also been applying the rest of the decals other than the stencils. Once the stencils arrive, it shouldn't take too long to finish her up. Cheers, Bill
  8. Well, so much for that idea. In order to make the engine fit, I will need to remove about half of the cylinder head height all the way around. I think that's a non-starter. I don't have any other spare engines so I'm going to have to go with what's in the kit. But that may not be so bad - I wanted to do the version with the spinner, and it will cover up most of the cowl opening anyway, especially if I can figure out a way to add that intake scoop on the bottom. More things to ponder... Cheers, Bill
  9. I would say they were a very awkward fit. They also have the blow-in doors moulded shut. But at the end of the day, the Fujimi FRS.1 looks pretty good (with half the Hasegawa kit and a bit of aftermarket thrown in for good measure). Cheers, Bill
  10. And a quick shot of the cockpit. Nothing fancy here - for all I know, this is mostly fictitious, although I will say that the armour behind the headrest seems to be the approximately the right shape. That's about the only part of the cockpit that shows up in any of the photos. Now I get to fettle with that engine. Of course, it's just a tad too big to fit, plus I have to figure out a way to add that intake scoop at the bottom. The actual opening for the engine looks circular, it's only the addition of that scoop on the bottom that makes the cowling oval. So the scoop needs to be added inside the bottom of the opening, and not on the outside like I did with my Firefly V. This should be interesting! Cheers, Bill
  11. The XF15C was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 up front and a Goblin in the tail. The big radial engine installation was quite typical for piston engine fighters of the day: The kit, however, doesn't depict this very well. Instead, we get a choice of two parts that I suppose are intended to look like the engine once the fuselage is together - one with spinner and one without. I only have one word for these beauties - lame! I just happen to have a spare R-2800 in the Magic Box of Leftover Stuff, and methinks it might look a wee bit better up front. Especially when there is such a large opening in the cowl! So I think that's what we'll do. Stay tuned for some cockpit photos. Cheers, Bill
  12. Wow, very nicely done! Outstanding paint work. Cheers, Bill
  13. Thanks, Ced. I'm sure this will get sorted out, Maybe even in the next post to this thread... PM dutifully sent! Thanks for the offer and the compliment! I'm sure she will be finished soon. Honestly, I haven't had this situation occur too often and I've built hundreds of models over the years. I can only think of a few that I didn't finish eventually. One was the 1:32 Matchbox Sea Venom - I was building that right after it came out (1981?), and got to the point of applying the decals. The next morning, for some reason, the decals had lifted free of the surface and had rolled up on them selves. If you remember the shark's mouth and the drop tank decoration, this was a BIG problem. I was so mad I just binned the entire thing. Wish I had it back, although the Revell re-box probably has better plastic (and decals!) But I'm older now, and I don't throw things anymore. All done with the airbrush. Paasche Model H, single action, external mix, with the #3 and #1 needles. My trusty companion since 1977. Well it was until Fate reared her head. But we'll put her back where she belongs. Cheers, Bill
  14. Sorry, but this build has to go on hold for a bit. I started the decals today, and the retirement scheme went on fine. However, the yellow stencils on the Airfix sheet have no white backing to them, and consequently when applied they disappear. Gone! Like I never applied them. Occasionally, one of them kinda sorta would look like something was there, but not really. Disappointing. Plus, the Airfix ejection seat triangles are 1:48 scale. Unfortunately, this is a 1:72 scale kit. The Xtrakit stencils, on the other hand, are all disintegrating. Basically, the clear film is separating so that all the little letters are free to roam around. And if you think I am going to apply the stencil letters one at a time, well, you're crazier than I am. The other Xtrakit decals, like the ejection seat triangles, seem fine. It's just the stencils. I bought Model Alliance sheet 72146 as I read that it has the proper yellow walkway decals. And it does, I guess (although they seem a bit wide and maybe a bit bright to me) but there was only one problem - there weren't enough yellow stripes. I came up about 8-10 mm short of what was needed, so I had to piece the rest together from some spares that I've been hanging onto for several decades in anticipation of this very problem. So, who makes Hemp-scheme PR.9 stencils that will show up on my model and won't disintegrate? The only thing I've seen that might work is the out-of-print Model Alliance sheet 729018. Anyone have a spare? The yellow stencils are very obvious on the real aircraft, and I'd like them to be visible on this model. Here is where we'll be leaving off until I get a solution: I'm off to my Curtiss XF15C-1 build for the Experimental and Prototype Group Build. It didn't have any stencils. Cheers, Bill