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Old 04-12-2016, 06:54 AM   #11
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One photo of the chosen scheme, I'll have to hit the museum at Shearwater this week, and see if I can dig up more.
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Canadian connection: HMS Puncher was a Royal Navy escort carrier manned by RCN crew. The plan at the time was to train Canadian sailors to operate our own flat tops. The experience gained on Puncher and her sister Nabob led to the RCN acquiring & operating HMCS Magnificent, Warrior... and ultimately HMCS Bonaventure.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:17 PM   #13
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Makes you wonder why there's no mention of Nabob and Puncher at the S.A.M., not to mention, no Wildcat. Hmm, might have to scale up your plans Kevin, to 1:1!
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Both were RN ships, and the embarked aircraft were FAA as well. Maybe that's why? Don't think either ever saw Canadian waters.

A 1:1 would be cool - and pretty much unique in a Canadian museum I think!
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:46 PM   #15
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Last night, started the work on the tail feathers. The laser cut horizontal stab trailing edge popped out of the stock warped, but fortunately the center section is cut out after assembly. This allowed me to saw the center section about 90% through, so that I could pin it flat to the building board, and remove the warp. Construction of the stab is pretty conventional. Once both elevators are done, and the hinges mounted, and aligned, I can then sheet the stab.


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Re: Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

Ok, spoke with the museum Curator. Both Nabob and Puncher, while manned with RCN ship's company, used RN aircrews and techs. Both are considered "pre-RCN" Carriers by the RCN, and thus are not a part of the mandate of the museum. That being said, I did manage to get the F4F Wildcat Walk Around Sqn Signal book, which will help greatly with the build. It also confirmed my fears, virtually no flush-riveting, and even the inspection panels are held on with large slotted round-head fasteners. Guess I'll be perfecting my riveting techniques with a syringe, or possibly investing in rivet dots.
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Look forward to your build, just finished reading the Eric Winkle Brown Autobiography "Wings on my Sleeve", it appears Brown was quite fond of the Martlet aka Wildcat.
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That he was! I have to say I've been tempted to do the plane in his markings (or perhaps the Duxford FM-2 with invasion stripes), but I really want a Canadian connection. The crew of the Puncher seems about as close as I can find.
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One question Kevin, what's all the sheets of fibreglass for? Haven't read through the whole manual yet! Also, the laser cut hinges for the elevators, scare the hell out of me, they are cut very close to the hole for the rod, yet there's easily an additional 3/16"clearance to the elevators. The lightening holes in the center will weaken the structure a lot, and there's no call for a bushing, so the steel rod would be constantly wearing down the ply. Thinking of going with laminated fibreglass instead, a bit thicker, no lightening hole, and using the same 3/32"brass tube, as bushings. You'd get years of service before you might have to replace the bushings, and I'd sleep a whole lot better!
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:29 PM   #20
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Re: Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

Think I see, found a parts list on RC Scale Builder, that matches what you bought. He sheeted both sides of the elevators and rudder with glass, way too heavy in my books, and he used it for the flaps, and aileron cores. Overkill. I certainly will use some for the hinges though, got a plan all figured out, with the brass tube bushings, think you'll be very pleased.
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