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Old 03-05-2016, 03:15 PM   #41
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Desert scheme. Nice!

After reading Sakai's book "Samurai", and currently loosing through Lundstrom's "The First Team and Guadacanal", I think if I ever add an Airacobra to the hangar I might do it as a P-400 of the Cactus Airforce. Haven't done any research on schemes, but those guys sure endured a lot.
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I think it's a great homage to pick a particular aircraft, because of what we've read about a particular unit, or person. Tempted to do one of the Russian schemes, as flown by one of the female fighter pilots, some pretty amazing women, far ahead of their time.
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Old 03-06-2016, 07:42 AM   #43
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Things are going really fast, got the undersides of the wing glassed last night, and doing the uppers now (taking a quick coffee break!) lol
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:35 AM   #44
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While the wing is drying, getting to work on the fuse. The nose section has a built up balsa top, with a plastic lower cowl. It sucks! lol Very hard to get the built up portion perfectly straight. So, cutting all that off, and going the same route as the TF P-40 and P-51, with balsa block instead for the top. It will also allow me to custom set the nose section to the engine, rather than vice versa. Plans call for a 12 OZ fuel tank, but I happened to have a 14 oz, all plumbed and ready to go. It fits in quite nicely, and sits on top of a plate that I built. A single screw, and I can slide the plate out, and do any work required on the fuel system.
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While the wing is drying, getting to work on the fuse. The nose section has a built up balsa top, with a plastic lower cowl. It sucks! lol Very hard to get the built up portion perfectly straight. So, cutting all that off, and going the same route as the TF P-40 and P-51, with balsa block instead for the top. It will also allow me to custom set the nose section to the engine, rather than vice versa. Plans call for a 12 OZ fuel tank, but I happened to have a 14 oz, all plumbed and ready to go. It fits in quite nicely, and sits on top of a plate that I built. A single screw, and I can slide the plate out, and do any work required on the fuel system.
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Working on it Max, all I've done to the nose is install the tank, and cut the nose section flush with the firewall. I'll need to borrow the O.S. 91 FS from my Zero, to temporarily mount, in order to do the nose top section. Hopefully later today. Do have some shots of the wing glassed, and the scale rudder. I hate it when kit manufacturers think we're not capably of anything but straight lines.
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Re: Top Flite P-39, Gold Edition

Another mod I'll be doing, is making the aft lower tail section of the fuse removable, as I did on the Zero. No reason why the elevator control setup can't be accessible if need be in the future.
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Old 03-06-2016, 02:07 PM   #48
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Well, a four-stroke isn't going to work, too short a nose, but I do have a nicely broken in OS .75 AX! Still in the .61-75 recommended range, but do like being on the high side. It might make a 3 blade prop possible, while still giving decent performance. Now that the engine is mounted, and a 3 1/2 in spinner back plate, I can space the ply front fuse piece, and then start cutting balsa block to fit in. As it's a side mounted engine, balsa will fill the left side, and 1/2 of the top and bottom. Depending on how much cutting will be required, I might opt out of using the plastic cowl piece.
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Re: Top Flite P-39, Gold Edition

Tonight's progress, engine mounted, nose gear retract mounted. Gear was bolted to a pair of 1/4 ply rails, which I then bolted to hardwood rails epoxied to the fuselage crutch. This allows for quick removal of the nose retract if required. With all that in place, cut 1 in balsa blocks to length, and glued them to the firewall. Using the spinner back plate for reference, broke out the little hand planer, and started making piles of shavings. Not done yet, but a big dent certainly. Fuse should only be a couple of days work, then I can glass it. I noted one sheet on the horizontal stab is badly rippled, must have been stored in a place where there was some dampness, so I'll have to remove the sheeting and replace. Nothing is warped, thank goodness.
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Got the rest of the nose sanded this morning, before heading to work. Did a trial removal of the engine, which went well, so just need to clean up the inside of the cowl, then glass it. The fuselage should be ready for glassing in a couple of days!
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