What's the info about the covers (or whatever they're called) over the prop reduction gearcases of the R-2800's on the P-61? I ask because they're noticeably absent on the HB kit. Were these installed on all P-61's or just the A models? Inquiring minds wanna know I also read that the nose art for "Lady in the Dark" is incorrect in the kit (as is the serial number?). She should be wearing blue clothing and not red. Only her shoes were red. We're gonna need Harold to fix the props on this one too.....HHAAARRRROOOLLLLDDD! Do you have your prop files sharpened up?
Hi Tim (and Dave Williams), From what I can see, it appears that the P-61's had a fixed circular fairing directly behind the spinner. This fairing looks like it was the same diameter as that of the base plate of the spinner, and effectively continued the spinner shape right up to the engine reduction gearbox case (which it most likely would have been attached to as a multi-part fairing). The shape of the engine reduction gearbox casing is the standard rounded or 'bullet' shaped case, but cannot be seen behind the aforementioned fairing.
The later P-61C had the more powerful R2800 twin wasp engine as used in the P-47 Thunderbolt, and this engine had the more flat faced gearbox case with many bolts around it; however, this also would not normally be seen as the P-61C has a larger diameter spinner and aft fairing that also covers this area up (it leaves a noticeably smaller gap between the engine nacelle and spinner when viewed from head-on).
Edited by Derek B, 23 February 2013 - 11:12 PM.