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Tailspin Turtle

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  1. More than you probably want to know, but this a post that provides links to three of my posts on the AD-4W/AEW.1: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2019/11/douglas-ad-4waew1-and-sword-172-scale.html
  2. I regret that I don’t know why. It might have been an initial baby-step evaluation of the “unpainted exterior” that was implemented on a trial basis or one done in conjunction with it (direct comparison, i.e. same aircraft and operational use, of a painted and unpainted exterior).
  3. Based on some detailed research by my go-to guy for AD Skyraiders, Ed Barhtelmes, I'm updating my post on the Sword kit. See https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2019/08/sword-172-douglas-ad-4w-skyraider.html Still to come are illustrations of the different antenna configurations by BuNo block and a cross reference of the AEW.1 serial numbers versus BuNos. I'm also building one but making slow progress. Both Ed and I had trouble putting the tail wheel well together (step 1). He put more effort into it than I did; I just slid the side parts 14 and 15 forward with respect to part 23 (the top of the well) and then cut off the aft end of 23 that was sticking out before adding part 62. There was still a small gap at the forward end between the sides and the top but it can't be seen when installed. Another necessary kludge is to provide a better mounting point for the tail gear in the well. It is similarly necessary to hog out the dimples on the fuselage to accommodate the pins on the horizontal stabilizer (note that part numbers 25 and 29 are reversed in the instructions but the pin locations are Murphy-proof. There are some other assembly and markings glitches noted in the link above.
  4. The at-sea and Yokosuka-dockside filming was done with Oriskany (CVA-34) during its western Pacific deployment between September 1953 and April 1954, probably for a few weeks in November 1953. If you look closely, the VF-192 F9F-5 Panthers were the only Korean War-representative fighters aboard due to the rapid evolution of U.S. Navy carrier-based fighters during the 1950s. VF-193 was equipped with F2H-3 Banshees ( also not painted blue as noted above) and VF-191 with swept-wing F9F-6 Cougars. There was a small detachment of VC-61 F2H-2P Banshees aboard, but the filmmakers decided to employ a VF-192 F9F-5 with painted-on camera windows and photo squadron markings for CAG's photo-reconnaissance mission. For a bit more about what I consider to be one of the more accurate aviation movies ever made, see https://thanlont.blogspot.com/2008/11/most-accurate-aviation-movie-ever.html, including the comments. Also see the Facebook page, Fans of the Bridges at Toko-Ri, https://www.facebook.com/groups/832460670113650/
  5. The F2H-3/4 Banshees on the deck during filming are in the experimental “unpainted” scheme that preceded the change to gray/white.
  6. My latest post on wheel well and landing gear color: https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2019/11/wheel-wells.html
  7. Blue Panthers? I think the way to bet is the same blue for the landing gear struts and green zinc chromate wheel wells.
  8. You are correct. The XFJ-2 had a fixed catapult hook (as stated in a Navy flight test report) located directly behind the barrier pickup. I've added two pictures here: https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2019/10/fj-23-catapult-hook.html
  9. https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2019/10/fj-23-catapult-hook.html
  10. You probably have all the XFJ-2 pictures that I have. There’s one from the side with the pendant attached that may provide an indication of that. The FJ-2 in the picture that I posted is the one hanging from the ceiling at the National Naval Air Museum at Pensacola. It is marked as one of the XFJ-2s but isn’t.
  11. https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2019/10/fj-23-catapult-hook.html
  12. Thanks for calling it to my attention. The problem appears to be that the link in the post includes a period at the end of it. Delete the period and it works... https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2009/10/fj-fury.html
  13. Area ruling is relative. The D-558-2 fuselage had a high fineness ratio, a thin and not very big (in area) swept wing, and an empennage above a significantly tapered aft fuselage so it wasn’t that far from the ideal even though the fuselage wasn’t indented at the wing root. The F3H Demon (which was only transonic due to a lack of thrust but the sleeker prototype could easily break the sound barrier in a descent, as opposed to a steep dive) and the F8U-1 Crusader were similar configurations. The F7U Cutlass and F4D Skyray were far from ideal, with short fuselages and thick wings. One more time, the F4D was not supersonic in level flight; the F5D was with only a modest increase in thrust because it had a longer fuselage and thinner wings.
  14. The shape of at least some vintage Airfix kits is more accurate than those from competitors. For example, unlike every other AD Skyraider—at least in 1/72— the vertical fin is properly angled to the left (but the canopy is too small) and the S-3 has the proper shape of the engine nacelles (not round like Hasegawa’s).
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