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  1. The F3H-2 did have functional auxiliary air doors initially but they were permanently disabled early on. The J40 afterburner nozzle description can be found here: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2021/02/westinghouse-j40-afterburner-nozzle.html The F3H Demon variants are summarized here: https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2010/11/f3h-demon.html The differences between the -1N and the -2 are provided here: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2014/06/converting-f3h-2-to-f3h-1n.html
  2. This is consistent with the abundance of caution with which the Secret Service assures the safety of the President. The life-limited parts on the helicopters (white tops) he flies are removed at 50% of life and transferred to other units or installed on green tops to be flown to limit carrying staff and members of the media. In any event, his trips by helicopter are so short that the speed of the tilt rotor would not significantly reduce the overall travel time. At this point, the tilt rotor is no more unsafe than other aircraft, if it ever was. As far as I know, all the accidents were the res
  3. As it happens, I was looking at it the other way round in 1/72 once upon a time: https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2014/08/north-american-fj-3-redux.html
  4. I can understand why the F7U-3 has an undeserved reputation but not the F3H. It went out on carrier deployments from 1957 through early 1964, a little over seven years, 44 times in all, overlapping the F4H’s introduction by about two years. It deployed for a few more years and made a few more deployments than the F2H-3/4 Banshee that was the Navy’s first all-weather jet fighter to be deployed much (the F3D was relegated to shore-based Marine squadrons except for two or three deployments). The much heralded but ineffective F4D (not supersonic in level flight either, limited all-weather armament
  5. They were coated with Corogard, which is an aluminized epoxy paint. Also see http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2012/01/corogard.html
  6. Thanks - it’s new to me as well, which is also saying something
  7. The only refinements that I would add to Mike’s process is to locate the pencil (I prefer something with triangular cross-section for more precision) under the fuselage at the point where the wheels touch the ground and support the aft end of the model at its nose up angle when at rest (if any) before adding the weight until it tips forward. The nose-up consideration is because the amount of weight added when the model is level might, if just enough to keep it from tipping back in that attitude, be aft of the wheel contact point when it is sitting nose up. The other consideration i
  8. The main reason for raising the hook after landing was so it didn’t catch on the next arresting cable as the airplane was taxied forward. I don’t know for sure whether it was raised and stowed by the two deckhands who rushed out as the airplane was coming to a stop or just raised it to a “stinger” position and it was then stowed after parking. More later...
  9. https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-last-propeller-pulled-corsairs-f4u.html
  10. That’s a possibility. Because it was a centrifugal flow engine, the air wasn’t rammed into the engine but basically sucked into it from behind the accessory package in what was essentially a plenum chamber. Google J33 images...
  11. I've not seen a set of Aviation News drawings for an airplane that I was familiar with that didn't have errors. In this case, at a glance, the artist got the location of the main landing gear correct but not the offset nose wheel well (see https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2014/02/hasagawa-p2v-neptune-kit.html) so I would not take them as gospel.
  12. All I can say for sure is that the Avengers are TBM-3Rs (CODs) not -3Es, which makes it the Korean War era. There wouldn't have been an F4U in a transport (VR) squadron so RS is not the correct tailcode for the Corsair. Based on the position of the letter S on the rudder, my best guess is that the tailcode is WS, which would be VMF-323 on Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) in late 1950 or (more likely) Sicily (CVE-118) in 1951.
  13. Very nice build - the usual photo of the airplane is a little misleading with respect to rest of the load out. See https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2013/04/things-under-wings-va-25-1-skyraider.html
  14. Sorry - I couldn’t help myself when I saw your excellent comparison of the nose gear of the airplane and the model...
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