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Reply #13 - Nov 7th, 2019 at 9:52pm

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Looking good!  A little at a time is a great way to enjoy this hobby! Smiley
 

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Reply #12 - Nov 7th, 2019 at 6:51pm

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Slow and steady got a little bit done. Had to move B5 to the rear about 1/4 inch hopefully this won’t affect anything. The 4-blade prop is for a future Razorback project scratch build. As a “what would happen if “  I bashed the two props from this kit together to create a prop for the Jug😎. If it isn’t broken you can bet I will find a way to break it  ;
 
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Reply #11 - Nov 4th, 2019 at 7:07pm

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Wow..... I have no words!!! Thank you for doing this. I do have some other photos of his to go through and I am hoping to find a more suitable side angle to get numbers. He was kind enough to date and lable the photos on the back of who was in the photos but neglected to mention names don’t know if that was on purpose or not due to wartime strictures? Thank you again for the great rendition Sky9pilot!!!
 
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Reply #10 - Nov 4th, 2019 at 1:52pm

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Here's my attempt at recreating the nose art on the P-38 from the fuzzy picture.
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Reply #9 - Nov 4th, 2019 at 11:30am

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Already have found several fit discrepancies between the parts and the major one being B-5 not fitting either the plan or model meaning I am going to have to adjust the part by cut and fit. At least the side keel seems to fit straight without waves. Slots for the keels and other parts leave something to be desired but will soldier on. Using shims on the keel slots.
 
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Reply #8 - Oct 29th, 2019 at 11:31am

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From the pics...it looks like it's bare metal with an olive drab or black anti-glare panel on nose in front of cockpit.  It's a shame you don't have any pics of the full side view of the aircraft.
 

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Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
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Reply #7 - Oct 28th, 2019 at 10:01pm

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Thank you Sky Pilot for rotating the photos don’t know how I botched it up. I have been trying to research the nose art to find out who the pilot was but haven’t had any luck yet. I would like to also be able to get the colors and insignia tail numbers and color scheme since this is all black and white photos. If anyone has any ideas on this please let me know! I could almost guess that it would be green with black on top but there were also some that were tan as well and so hard to tell from photos from 1944. I have also been told that I need to pay more attention to my wife’s side of the family since I erred previously in my new member post and referred to him as my Mother-in-law’s uncle.  Roll Eyes
 
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Reply #6 - Oct 28th, 2019 at 7:54pm

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I wanted a closer look at the nose art...It's fuzzy but I believe it's a skull in a Parson's collar and blk jacket with white wings on each side of the skull. Looks like there might be a lightening bolt through the backside of the art.
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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 #5 - Oct 28th, 2019 at 7:42pm

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I took the liberty of rotating the pics and labeling them, GF is Grandfather...I think the captured aircraft is a JU-88 and not a JU-87 Stuka...
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If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
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Reply #4 - Oct 28th, 2019 at 4:53pm

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Posting a few photos of the project plane. This is my Grandfather-in-law who was the mech on this plane kneeling behind his pilot after a mission. He is also holding the prop on the P51 and in the pilot’s seat of the B? Model. Also him with a captured JU88 short guy on the end. Hopefully I can do this justice as a remembrance of his service. The name of the P-38 was the Hells Apostle if anyone here has information on this particular plane
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Reply #3 - Oct 26th, 2019 at 2:22pm

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Thanks for the link got some good ideas to go on. Finished the inventory/kid in a candy store perusal of the contents and I was pleasantly surprised to find the kit was complete with only minor issues with the die-cutting. First decision has been made to go ahead and use the kit wood for the build. Plastic parts are in excellent shape and was happy to find no issues with the canopy at all! This is my first static build so forgive me if ask a lot of questions. So thankful I won’t have to purchase new wood and do the tedious job of tracing all those parts!!! So for my first question I need some input on whether it is better to sheet or to fill in between the formers and longerons and would sheeting change the fit to much of the plastic parts? ....So nice to know I am not the only one out here on the road sitting in a dock door and using the time to scratch the building itch! Cool
 
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Reply #2 - Oct 26th, 2019 at 11:27am

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Thymekiller, our site host is also an 18 wheeler and builds in his truck while on the road.  I look forward to this build.  We'll be eager to follow along and make suggestions as needed!  Keep her between the ditches!!!

Here's a link to Alfakilo's XP-38 build: XP-38 Click Here
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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 #1 - Oct 26th, 2019 at 11:05am

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This is a really big project!

Look in the forum 'Forgotten Projects' for the XP-38 Kit Bash thread. Disregard the changes made to convert to the XP version, the pics may give you some info on what the basic model looks like.
 
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Oct 26th, 2019 at 8:49am

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I Love YaBB 2.5 AE!
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Just getting ready to un-box a local garage sale find I picked up for 30 bucks. My Mother-In-Law’s father was a Mechanic on this particular plane as well as a P-51 and I am going to try to do some justice to his memory by re-creating his planes. I have some research to do beforehand on color schemes and nose art as well as unit designations as all I have to work with are old war-time black and white photos. I will ask her before I post any of those for permission. I hope to gain some insight and techniques in my foray into this aspect of building from everyone here and all input and thoughts will be welcomed. As usual my space is limited because I “build” in my 18-wheeler while on the road hence the shameless KC Chiefs logo blanket on the bed! Smiley Grin Cool
 
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