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  1. I’ve only posted sizes for some 1/72 kit tanks so far in my posts on the Douglas tanks (http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2012/07/douglas-low-drag-external-fuel-tanks.html) but I’d be happy to add 1/48 examples if anybody has the them.
  2. Some of the links here might be useful: https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2010/12/f8f-bearcat-1-vs-2.html
  3. I looked at pictures of both the Hasegawa 1/72 and 1/48 F-8E/J kits and both appear to be missing the crease. However, I didn’t see one from a head-on standpoint to determine the roundness. The crease may be missing because the kit fuselage is too wide at that point. I noticed that the Hasegawa F9F-8 canopy was too wide and wondered if that was necessary to mold one that was so thin. Perhaps that limitation back then, if there was one, resulted in the F-8 canopy being wider than exact accuracy would dictate. Also see Superheat’s review here:https://superheatmemorial.blogspot.com/2018/12/172nd-
  4. Besides the radome being round instead of oval, note the prominent crease below the side panel of the windscreen required to fair in the wider radome to the nose.
  5. https://superheatmemorial.blogspot.com/2018/12/summary-differences-vought-f8uf-8.html https://superheatmemorial.blogspot.com/2018/12/f-8-radome-comparisons.html
  6. More on the wing here (but not the down lock): https://superheatmemorial.blogspot.com/2019/06/f8u-f-8-wing.html
  7. Beaver was killed when the wing’s pivot fittings failed in tension due to overload (the wing was down). That’s in a book written by a NASA test pilot. There was no latch initially. Vought subsequently added a lock, perhaps of the actuator itself. I’ll have to look that up if somebody else doesn’t do it first.
  8. The pivot point of the wing itself
  9. By design, under almost all flight conditions, the wing lift (center of pressure) is aft of the hinge point. The actuator is actually holding the wing up, not holding it on. As far as I know, there have been no incidents of the wing coming off because of over exuberant maneuvering; the hinge points have failed first.
  10. That’s a -3 (scoop on aft fuselage instead of a NACA inlet) with a fixed cambered leading edge. There was no need for that removable leading edge fairing on the -2 because a small fixed fairing on the ammo door sufficed (as it also did on the early -3’s with the slatted wing). Also see https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2011/04/fj23-fury-redux.html But kit directions to locate this fairing on the ammo door when it is open are incorrect. Note that engraved lines for the hinge arms are present on the underside of the wing.
  11. One drawback, at least early on: the effectiveness of inflight tracking was different depending on where you sat in the cabin. On my first flight in a 214ST (going to Houston, Lafayette, and elsewhere for demonstrations), I was sitting behind the pilot. As we reached cruise, he was bouncing a bit so he reached back and up to the overhead console and toggled the tracking switch until he wasn't bouncing. The crew chief who was along had been back aft in the cabin for some reason. When he sat back down in a middle seat, he was bouncing a bit so he leaned forward and toggled the switch to smooth o
  12. Did they keep the inflight tracking feature with an electric motor on one pitch link?
  13. Pretty everything you need to know to model the A-6B: 'http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2016/01/grumman-6b-iron-hand.html
  14. Strictly speaking, it was added during A4D-2N (A-4C) production and retrofitted to earlier, surviving A4D-2Ns and some (most?) A4D-2(A-4B)s so earlier A4D-2s won't have it. Also see https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2012/07/new-airfix-172-4b4p-modeling-notes.html
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