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JimRice last won the day on August 21 2020

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  • Birthday 10/10/1962

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    Collierville, TN
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    Flying. History. Shooting. Model Building

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  1. A close friend of mine bought this T-28 through Mark Clark Aircraft who bought directly from US Navy in early 80s while still in fluorescent dayglo orange and white. It had the sun shield from Navy. The only modification was civil airworthiness certificate and application of an N-number. I worked on this plane several years and flew it several times. While it may have been a “one off” it was well installed and in good condition.
  2. The Navy used the Wright R-790 (200hp) on the N3N. They had seven cylinder Continentals W-670 (220hp) or Lycoming R-680 (225hp) engines on the N2S series. It has been a bit since I watched The English Patient but pretty sure I was a Pratt & Whitney R-985 (450hp).
  3. I’m sure it will never happen, but some between the wars civil aircraft would be nice. Stinson Reliants, both straight and Gullwings. Waco cabin and open cockpit models. Travel Air 6000 Modern and accurate Staggerwings. Spartan 7W Executive Fairchild 24 and 71 Howard DGA-11 and 17 Vultee V-1 Cessna Airmasters and T-50 Bobcat and while dreaming Ford 4/5-AT Trimotors and Stinson Model A and T Trimotors.
  4. Is this kit basically an unassembled 21st Century F-86 available a few years ago?
  5. That was my dad’s ag operation in late 40s and early 50s. Mid-50s he dropped the J-3 Cub and added two Super Cubs. In 1960 he bought three new Piper PA-25-150 Pawnees.
  6. Dave, Great info and much appreciated. I expect I'll be taking the leap soon. I expect my primary use will be for model building but will also find applications for other things. I have a 12" swing metal lathe with 48" centers ...and am considering a small mill too. The 3D printer will be useful for creating prototype parts before milling metal.
  7. Based on Hannant's pricing, they don't appear to be significantly different in price for the basic kit. The Roden PT-17 appears to be on sale for a bit less at the moment though.
  8. Through EAA I can get a half-price Solidworks annual subscription for $50. I’ve been meaning to get the the software to learn and use it as well as buying a 3D resin printer. We are currently building a new house and a barn & (heated and cooled) shop. In the house I have a large office (for “I love me” stuff from Army career)as well as an upstairs dedicated room for overflow man cave and model and militaria display with space for permanently set-up and available technology; printers, scanners, 8mm movie digitizer, movie projector, slide projector, etc. I’m thinking I may just have to sneak a quality 3D resin printer into the budget.
  9. Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere. My search turned up no results. This is a Revell reboxing of the ICM Stearman. I'm seeing a few on eBay and various online stores showing "OUT OF STOCK" which I assume means they haven't yet received them. I am curious about Revell price point vs ICM. Has anyone heard anything on release dates/availability? I'd rather not have to order from Europe on eBay at higher price if it is soon to hit shelves. The problem is, I've turned up nothing indicating when that might be. As some of you know, I am a Stearman junkie. I have built both the Roden and ICM PT-17 and have duplicates of both as well as the PT-13 versions. I also have a couple of Silver Wings examples. One should think I would be content with my two completed and 6-8 in the stash. I am not. I will have to add a couple of Revell examples too. I just cleaned off the bench and am about to launch into a new LSP build...if I can decided which one. Another Stearman or maybe my Silver Wings P-6E. Then again, a break from five straight biplanes (with associated rigging) might be wise. There is the Kittyhawk T-6 or T-28 I could build. Of course, I have a Roden L-19 on the way (accompanied by another ICM PT-17 I couldn't pass up) which might be interesting. But thinking Revell, the PA-18 Super Cub could be fun too...or maybe one of the 300+ other kits in the stash. Somehow, I cannot concentrate on what to do next because I keep thinking about the Revell Stearman. I know it is simply the ICM kit. There are really only some many Stearman paint schemes and variants, but I know I want one or three. Let's see, I have built a blue and yellow Roden PT-17 and an all yellow ICM N2S-1. That leaves a blue and yellow Army PT-13 and a Navy all yellow N2S-2 or a yellow and silver Navy N2S-3 or an all silver Army PT-17 or PT-13. Of course, I could finally launch the cropduster conversion I've long been planning of my dad's N2S-1 duster with stock Continental 220hp engine or a more common 450hp R-985 cropduster. Or an airshow model. Hum...maybe there really are more choices and possibilities for building all my 1/32 Stearman kits without repeating myself. Now, if only I can live to about 100. You will now be returned to your regularly scheduled programing.
  10. I’m very interested in this. I need a couple for Stearman dusters I’m wanting to build.
  11. Just recently discovered. Never released. Consider this a very early April Fools Day joke.
  12. I’m not so sure. Most were wheel based at various inland training bases. Some definitely were on floats. I believe the last ones retired were at the Naval Academy and they were on floats. Retired in 1961 IIRC.
  13. How about an N3N? It would compliment the Navy N2S-2/3 kits. Or something really fun would be a Waco UPF-7 in CPTP colors.
  14. Going back through some old posts and found this one. What an incredible Mustang. That paint and weathering are remarkable.
  15. Yep. Someday I’ll tackle my Trumpeter P-47 Razorback, maybe. Probably only after I build three Hasegawa Bubble tops.
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