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#1 Gazzas

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:58 PM

Hi everyone,

   Got my Trumpeter P-40b yesterday and looking at detail pictures graciously sent to me.  Came upon this rubber filet on the wingtip.  I expect that most of the time this is covered by paint and unknown to many.

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    Web searching hasn't yielded any clues about it's function.  I know I can just 'model' it.  But my curiousity always gets the better of me.

 

Thanks.

 

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 10:03 PM

   might be a tie down point Gazzas. or....leaning towards a wing light .


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 11:18 PM

   might be a tie down point Gazzas. or....leaning towards a wing light .

No,  Not the dark blob under the wingtip.  What I mean is the dark strip along the leading edge of the wingtip.  It tapers to a fine point the close it gets near the end of the wing's span.

 

Sorry for not being more descriptive.

 

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 11:39 PM

Soft place to hit ones head when trying to walk under the wing. A de-icing strip?
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 11:41 PM

Looks like paint to me. I've never seen anything rubber on a LE.

Need a better/more picture(s).

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 12:53 AM

Looking at the sheen on the pic possibly a rubberised paint (health and safety B*&$£ks)

 

 

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 01:33 AM

Maybe a repair?


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 01:40 AM

I figured that with all of the detail information I can find in the latest books about 109's that there must surely be books on the p-40 with just about every panel and rivet covered.

Just need to find somebody who owns that book... lol

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:18 AM

Gaz, I have a few pictures, and I can find any evidence of he rubber strip. It might be some kind of post war customization possibly.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:24 AM

How can you tell it is rubber?


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:31 AM

How can you tell it is rubber?

Well...  To my (certainly not an expert but not without experience) eyes, it looks like rubber and is between two panels so maybe it needs to have some flexibility, I can reason it being rubber.   But that's the best I can do.

 

Why wouldja paint a tapered strip at the end of the wing black?  It's certainly different piece than either the top or bottom panels...

 

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:32 AM

Another

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:44 AM

If the wing in question in the OP's pic is from a restored warbird, I'd be willing to bet that the "rubber" item is a modern antenna fairing or cover that's been mounted out there so that the majority of  the airframe can stay as modern antenna farm free as possible. By the time they add GPS and modern coms plus FAA/CAA etc required electronics to some of these old girls, they can start to look a bit silly. 

Just my 2 cents

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:57 AM

If the wing in question in the OP's pic is from a restored warbird, I'd be willing to bet that the "rubber" item is a modern antenna that's been mounted out there so that the majority of  the airframe can stay as modern antenna farm free as possible. By the time they add GPS and modern coms plus FAA/CAA etc required electronics to some of these old girls, they can start to look a bit silly. 

Just my 2 cents

Paul 

It is a modern picture of a bird that is flying, so this is the most plausible argument so far.  Which is good, because it's one less detail I have to worry about.

 

Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and considerations.

 

Gaz


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 03:26 AM

Yeah, never seen anything like that on a wartime P-40.


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