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Reply #25 - Apr 2nd, 2017 at 3:47pm

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Neal,
Very inspiring build.  Love the way this one turned out!  Gotta push the Hellcat up on the list!
Tom
 

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Reply #24 - Apr 2nd, 2017 at 2:50pm

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This is the finale....

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Reply #23 - Mar 31st, 2017 at 12:54pm

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LG doors etc. are cardstock....  Timeout for now while I make some workspace for the final phase(s) of this build.  I originally thought that the plug for my recent PNut Wildcat would be a fairly close match for this Hellcat...nope.  A 13" Wildcat doesn't approximate a 13" Hellcat...the F6F was noticeably larger than it's little-big brother.  That's ok...just need to reduce the Wildcat plug a bit to make it fit.  Smiley

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Reply #22 - Mar 30th, 2017 at 5:41pm

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Neal,
That's been my experience as well.  One that I knew set up a Dependant's Day Cruise for a friend and I.  Then two days before the cruise he had to punch out of an RF-8 Crusader.  Worst ride he ever had, he said!

We went on the cruise, but it wasn't the same!  Still it was a great experience, even though we couldn't get out of the fog west of San Francisco.  So the airshow was minimal.  I must give the A-7 and A-6 pilots that did try several landings in the stuff Superman Courage!

As far as the drop tanks go...my understanding is they switched to the drop tanks right after safely launching and drained them first before switching to internal tanks.  But I guess fuel fumes are still pretty flamable! Shocked Wink Cool
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If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
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Reply #21 - Mar 30th, 2017 at 4:30pm

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Thanks Tom...looks like it was jettisonable...but still seems pretty solid to me...a pylon in the rear and two straps forward...plus a fuel line.  Obviously additional fuel was often times mission critical...but still pretty hazardous to bring it home again.  I guess it also says something about the confidence to engage an enemy ac with an external "torch" attached to your belly.  Roll Eyes  Drop-tanks were practically a throw-away item everywhere else...except on a carrier where storage space was tight.  Also gives one a sense of the courage of those Naval flyboys.  I've known three carrier pilots in my life(jets)...and I can confidently say that none of them took carrier landing lightly...even under the best of circumstances.

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Reply #20 - Mar 30th, 2017 at 4:11pm

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Here's an interesting link re: extra dropable fuel tanks: Click Here  Apparently up to three could be carried.
Tom
 

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Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #19 - Mar 30th, 2017 at 10:54am

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Tissue was applied with glustick...and lots of small panels...in the easy areas.  Whenever things got a bit tricky, I switched to using a small brush with diluted glue solution.  Whenever I get "greedy" and try to cover too large an area...that's when I get into trouble with wrinkles.  Sooooo...patience...I have to continually remind myself.  Wink

I've been looking at lots of Hellcat photos during this build...and I'm a bit curious concerning what was called a drop-tank on the F6F....  Doesn't seem to be a drop-tank in the sense of what was used on Thunderbolts and Mustangs...looks permanently attached, even to the point that 'Cats were returning to their carriers with those tanks still onboard...containing fuel.  As can be imagined, there were lots of incidents involving landing fires, basically caused by deck cables rupturing those "drop-tanks," as if carrier landings weren't already risky enough! Lips Sealed  Just wondering about all of that...if they were droppable...what, the Navy didn't have enough so they told pilots to "bring 'em back?"  I also see photos of planes returning with ordinance onboard (rockets)...curious OP.

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Reply #18 - Mar 29th, 2017 at 11:14pm

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She is looking good Neal, how did you attach your tissue?

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Reply #17 - Mar 29th, 2017 at 10:12pm

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Well the power plant is getting closer!!! Cheesy Grin Wink
The Hellcat is looking good.  I think you're gonna really like this one!
Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #16 - Mar 29th, 2017 at 2:52pm

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Installed an lg as well as broke up that skyblue strip down the fuselage side.

Airplane seems to be shaping up.

Spent 3 weeks down in Arizona...temps were above 90F for 9 days in succession!  Had occasion to see a beautiful Grumman Guardian.  I've been eyeballing it now for several years...stored outside where it looked to be in very sad shape (Falcon Field...CFA).  It's moved into the hangar now and is absolutely beautiful...but still non-flying however.  Will get there soon.

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Reply #15 - Mar 28th, 2017 at 4:08pm

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Kerak wrote on Mar 28th, 2017 at 2:36pm:
Ok...I've downsized the engine to a McCoy .19...my first "big engine" when I was a kid.  Still too big?  Grin

Currently debating whether to install an lg on this model...which will all but remove any real possibility of it flying...very far.  But...so what.

Oh...and I hate that sky blue tissue...whole thing looks like "Bulgy-the-Whale" at SeaWorld.  Grin Grin Grin  Oh well, it is what it is....a tiny Hellcat.

Neal


Yep...I think you've still got too much power there!!!! Roll Eyes Cheesy Grin Wink

I'm with Staubkorb... make the gear removable for flight!

I totally understand the feeling of the skyblue tissue.  I always look for some other scheme when looking at the F6F to see what else could be used.  But the wings will help in toning the looks of the skyblue down.
Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #14 - Mar 28th, 2017 at 2:55pm

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Make the LG removable!  Kitties retract their claws after TO. Grin
 

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Reply #13 - Mar 28th, 2017 at 2:36pm

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Ok...I've downsized the engine to a McCoy .19...my first "big engine" when I was a kid.  Still too big?  Grin

Currently debating whether to install an lg on this model...which will all but remove any real possibility of it flying...very far.  But...so what.

Oh...and I hate that sky blue tissue...whole thing looks like "Bulgy-the-Whale" at SeaWorld.  Grin Grin Grin  Oh well, it is what it is....a tiny Hellcat.

Neal
 
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Reply #12 - Mar 28th, 2017 at 9:57am

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With the muffler on the engine, it might make it a little nose heavy.  Cheesy
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Reply #11 - Mar 27th, 2017 at 2:03pm

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Wings look great!  But I think your a bit over powered!!! Roll Eyes Cheesy Wink Cool
Tom
 

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Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
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