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And here are the main legs in primer: the brake pipes are a delight, as are the scissor links that span the oleo part.   

 

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My assumption is that the flexible part will be rubber grey, or braided stainless, anyone know for certain?

 

WARNING: when unpacking the castings look out for a 10mm long bit of brass tube. This is supplied as the axle to be used on the tail wheel casting. 

I almost missed it, as I wasn't expecting to find it! 

 

 

 

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To answer my own question...

From a web search the brake hoses seem to be rubber, so should be tyre colour. 

There are metal clips holding the hoses to the leg. and the hose continues up into the wing, so a bit of stretched sprue will be needed. 

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On 15/10/2019 at 15:18, Crankycraftsman said:

Hey Peter 

 You can use the 1/24 scale Master Model's brass/aluminum barrels for the P-47. I have them, you just need to mount the tips a little different then how they were on the P-47. I can't post a picture here, sorry. Let me try to explain. The P-47's tips are recessed in the aluminum piece and the Hellcats were not, if you get the Master barrels you will see what I mean. You will need a piece of Alum./Bass tube for the inner gun, as those are recessed into the wing.

Ron G 

Ron, 

The P47 pack arrived today. I discovered that the P47 blast tubes are the same O/D as the F6F gun barrels that protrude from the wing: my guess is that they are blast tubes. 

So a simple job to cut down the P47 blast tubes so they protrude the correct distance and fit the gun barrels. 

 

I wish I'd known this when building the kit... it would have been much easier to fit the metal guns at that point! 

 

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The legs are painted, the resin tyres in place and the resin doors fitted. 

I've not glued the legs in place and the rear strut isn't fitted, but these brass legs are solid and robust! 

 

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The bomb rack is a British style one, stolen from a 1/24th Typhoon kit. 

 

Next the under side, with the British style rocket rails fitted, and the correct number, 4 per side. 

Again, donated by the 1/24th Typhoon! 

 

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I don't plan to fit bombs or rockets, the aircraft is imagined as just having returned from a raid. 

 

Not sure what has happened to the colour ballance, the sky under side looks the correct colour on the kit, here it seems a bit greenish! 

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Hey Peter 

 The brake line should go to the brake drum on the wheel, not stay attached to the leg, you need to cut it from the leg, because he only put it there so he could cast it, also the cylinder of the oleo should be a chrome silver color, other then that looks great.

Ron G 

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27 minutes ago, Grey Beema said:

Were the rocket rails fitted directly to the wing or were they fitted to a blast plate?

An excellent question! 

 

This is the photograph I used as guidance..

 

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Clearly 4 rails,  BUT they are single guide rails a side, not double as the ones from the Typhoon. The Typhoon ones also seem longer than the ones fitted to this A/C, but that may be an effect of the angle. 

 

Also, is there a blast plate or not? I don't see anything that looks like one, BUT I don't really know what I'm looking for.

Blowing the photo up it does look as if the rear pylon goes directly onto the wing, but there is something odd at the front, where the white band curves round. It could be an illusion, I just don't know. 

 

The rails are not glued in place, so it isn't too late to change. 

Advice would be very welcome. 

 

 

2 hours ago, Crankycraftsman said:

Hey Peter 

 The brake line should go to the brake drum on the wheel, not stay attached to the leg, you need to cut it from the leg, because he only put it there so he could cast it, also the cylinder of the oleo should be a chrome silver color, other then that looks great.

Ron G 

I see what you mean, easily fixed! 

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3 minutes ago, 224 Peter said:

An excellent question! 

 

This is the photograph I used as guidance..

 

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Clearly 4 rails,  BUT they are single guide rails a side, not double as the ones from the Typhoon. The Typhoon ones also seem longer than the ones fitted to this A/C, but that may be an effect of the angle. 

 

Also, is there a blast plate or not? I don't see anything that looks like one, BUT I don't really know what I'm looking for.

Blowing the photo up it does look as if the rear pylon goes directly onto the wing, but there is something odd at the front, where the white band curves round. It could be an illusion, I just don't know. 

 

The rails are not glued in place, so it isn't too late to change. 

Advice would be very welcome. 

 

Yes that aircraft has the blast plates.  Calling it a plate is a bit of a misnomer as it actually seems to be quite a significant structure.  If you study the starboard wing you can see the edge of the plate and how it is thicker that the leading edge.  The white stripe looks to be extended slightly onto the plate..

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Another photo I found shows 4 attachment points on the U/S of the wing, this ties up with drawings of the firefly installation. It makes me wonder if the Hellcat installation was a minimally adapted Firefly one. 

Anyway, a bit of scratch-building seems to be needed to make the rail carrier/blast plate.  

 

I can't thank everyone enough for the wealth of information available: it looks as if I'll have a FAA F6F with the correct rocket installation! Airfix should have deleted the rocket installation for the FAA Model, I feel. 

 

Peter

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