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Thanks Sean. To me the struts seem to attach to the same spots on either side of the spine and the wings, towards the front edge. I'd really like a picture taken, up on the spine of the jet, showing me exactly where these struts attach to the jet.

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My wing strut dilemma,

From the reference pics I've found, I believe my holes drilled in the spine are correct ?? Disregard the red dots, they are in the wrong spots.

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This is my starboard side wing with the strut I made. According to my reference pics that I've found, it shows the strut attached near the oval wing access panel.

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Starboard side wing and strut installed, looks correct to me comparing it to the pics I've seen.

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Port side wing with attachment point marked by the red circle.

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However when I use the starboard side strut on the port side wing, it's way off the attachment point, too far to the back of the wing.

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So, my question is what did I do wrong or are these struts, which seem to be adjustable, different lengths when installed on the aircraft ??

Steve

 

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I managed to make some progress over the last few weeks, albeit slow but, still progress.

Both jets got their walkways painted.

 

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The Viking's MK-82's, Harpoon and, the Refueling pod were all finished. I had to go back and redo the bomb noses ( painted this time ) because I tried to use decals for the two yellow bands and it was a disaster. I should have painted them in the first place like I normally do, lesson learned.

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I really wanted to see the painted 82's in the bomb bay so ...

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So, that's about it for now, thanks to everyone who is staying interested in these builds.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Steve

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Greetings all,

 A brief update, I spent my afternoon working on finishing up the wing fold struts for the Viking and Shadow. I never did get a definitive answer on whether the struts were adjustable in length or their exact locations but, I believe they are fairly close.

 

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Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year and hoping that the new one is better than the last. Thanks for following along.

Steve

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35 minutes ago, A-10 LOADER said:

Greetings all,

 A brief update, I spent my afternoon working on finishing up the wing fold struts for the Viking and Shadow. I never did get a definitive answer on whether the struts were adjustable in length or their exact locations but, I believe they are fairly close.

Playing around on the web just now there may be a couple informative photos here; the next to last and 4th from last,

https://www.skytamer.com/Lockheed_S-3B.html

One also shows fitting on end of brace nicely.

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On 12/31/2020 at 8:30 PM, southwestforests said:

Playing around on the web just now there may be a couple informative photos here; the next to last and 4th from last,

https://www.skytamer.com/Lockheed_S-3B.html

One also shows fitting on end of brace nicely.

Thanks but, unfortunately the photos won't open for me. Besides, this part of the build is in the rear view at this point and I need to move on. I'll just have to live with what I have so far and hopefully when the jets are all finished, the struts will look passable.

Steve

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23 hours ago, f5guy said:

Looking good Steve! Fred K.

Thank you Fred. I'm enjoying what's happening on your bench as well.

Steve

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Greetings all,

I've decided to build another display base for the Viking and Shadow.

 I thought this MD-3 Navy Tractor (short version ) would be a nice touch. I scratch-built a better gas and brake pedal for it as well as adding some tie-down points and the hood lift handles out of some wire from the spares bin. All of this will sit on a section of carrier deck that I have in my stash.

Thanks to all who are staying interested in my work.

Steve

 

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A little more progress on these projects today,

I finished up the stores for the ES-3A. The pylons still need their weathering / corrosion control yet.

 

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Since the SkunkWorks kit comes with two MD-3 Tractors, I decided to throw the other one together and get them both out of the way. They were primed yesterday and painted today.

 

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Usually I would tackle these after the jets were finished but, since I'm having some motivational issues, I figured if I knock these out of the way now it would re-energize me to get busy on the jets again. I just wish I could build faster so my motivation wouldn't fall off.

The jets / tractor(s) will be posed on this when everything is finished. I've had this in my stash since 1994 I believe, it's time it sees the light of day.

 

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Steve

 

 

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Brief update today on the MD-3 Tractors,

Yesterday I sprayed the tires, the steering wheels, seats and, the tops of the tractors. I used my circle cutter to make masks for the wheel hubs, worked out great. I also started painting up the small details on the tractors as well. Still lots to do and some touch-ups to take care of. Decals are up next.

Thanks for checking in and enjoy the pics.

Steve

 

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On 1/10/2021 at 2:30 PM, Rocketdrvr said:

Sweet looking TUGs!

 

Thanks Rocketdrvr, glad you like them.

I wrapped up the two A/S32A-31A Tractors this morning and I'm quite happy with how they came out. I didn't want them to look exactly the same so I finished one a little more "used and abused" than the other. They should add a little something to the S-3 / ES-3A display when finished. I'll also be able to pose them with any future Navy builds I do.

All the paints are Model Master enamels with the exception of the front headlights which are Tamiya Clear Blue. Decals are mostly from the Fightertown sheet #48088, USN DECK CREW / VEHICLES while some are from the kit. The "weathering" is a mix of Tamiya weathering master sets, Flory's "DARK DIRT" wash and, some drybrushing. Hope you enjoy the pics.

Steve

 

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