Rich in name only

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  • Birthday 07/29/1948

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  1. any closeups of the hanger sides?
  2. wondered what their MiG kits would look like completed. Good job!!!!
  3. Agree that chart is too modern--number of stripes/position, and middle star are significant. One small aside---marshaller has cap on: okay since wearing ear protectors. At that time there was variation about caps on the flight line. Some NCOs/officers mandated wearing them while others wouldn't allow it. Some of the difference was based somewhat objectively whether working props or jets.
  4. Been off ARC for a while so apologies for late reply. One important thing about cutting wings in general is to be sure how the top and bottom surfaces vary. They may not line up on the real plane (like upper surface break is closer to fuselage than bottom. Another point, and pertinent to F6F, is non-straight lines. Just cutting with a large saw can result in a noticeably inaccurate model. Close check of photos very important.
  5. True story (look it up): Czechoslovakia had a seagoing merchant marine. Slovakia still does. In the 70s one of the big tuna "boats" in San Diego was registered with home port of Las Vegas. You can bet on this all being true!
  6. Cockpit is different (totally different layout), IFR boom different, fin different, MLG doors different, NLG different. I think you could use the stabilizers and tail gun but if you wanted an EB the tail cones are completely different. In short, there is almost nothing visible that you could use on a B-66 based on how conversions are done now (complete wings and fuselages). A Trumpeter A3 fuselage can be cut at seam lines and you could use the rear fuselage with reasonable accuracy but still need to fill/sand/scribe NEW (not rescribe) the fin/rudder. Price of an A3 for 2-5 parts?
  7. C-47s are C-47s. C-53s are C-53s. So Dorice should be built from a C-47 kit. Like Cubs2Jets says, C-53s had what looked like a DC-3 passenger door (modified for removal/opening for troop jumps. There were other significant differences but what is visible are small details.
  8. What was your "oiling" technique?
  9. I have 3 and got in such a hurry I forgot to wear one. Fortunately didn't get around much today. Need to wear it over the weekend I think. Hardly ever see one any more in the US.
  10. No and no. None of them are drop tanks, not to say that someone somewhere might have made a mod. While removable, the tanks are not designed or equipped for jettison. Tanks started with the A model, back when the suffix "A" represented the second variant. Those are the ones with small tanks outboard of the outboard engines. The "E" model introduced the large tanks between the engines. Refuelers have those tanks plus the refueling "tanks" outboard of the engines. Electronic warfare planes from what I've heard have electronics in the outboard "tanks". Drone launchers were a mod to the early tankless versions. Be alert to "specialty" planes having "things" on their outboard "tanks.
  11. Don't know answers. Assume you already know how to save/enlarge/print the instructions. After saving the instructions, print as is. Take the "square" dimensions--for example, part 3 base length and overall height. Add the height of 4 and 5 if you want to get as close as you can (if I measure accurately, the final error doesn't add up but is diminished---I've been way off visually even with PE thinness if I didn't include all measurements). Add the height of the stands wheels (looks like they include the wheel brackets but you have to add the wheels). Do the math for total height---height above ground for the platform to be at right height for the cockpit. Note that this Verlinden kit represents an all up or all down platform---no fine adjustment for height. Then do the enlargement math and the enlargement on your PC and print.
  12. I use glue, usually Testors red tube, sometimes Testors liquid, very sparingly and carefully working it with whatever fits the gap--usually #11 blade; also scriber and PE saws. It's pretty quick 'cause has to be done "now" once applied.
  13. Looks like mine! I kept wondering what I was doing wrong with all the gaps but kept on dry-fitting and it ended up the same. The surface detail is great---strange they ended up so far off on the fit.
  14. Good job on the fixes! An interesting and satisfying skill is to "fix" glued parts. Most people seem not to want to try but it's a surprisingly easy skill (as with all, requiring patience) and can noticeably improve the results. The worst I had is a Monogram B-24 with the clear crooked and with glued surfaces and lots of glue overflowing the seams. Broken nose turret mount too. Got all that clear out. Makes a good candidate for the PB4Y-2 conversion.
  15. you caught the EAL DC-7B also.