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Joe Hegedus

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  1. That's probably the only way you're going to find a non-NMF "N" model; a warbird. I believe that one was operated by the Confederate Air Force? The image of the right side shows text under the stab; the last line looks like an "N" number but I can't make out what it reads.
  2. Well, that's one way to avoid the whole "green or blue" question for "Lou IV"! Very interesting approach to models, and very well done!
  3. Some ignition systems in WWII were pressurized for high-altitude operation. Unpressurized systems were prone to arcing/shorting at altitude due to low atmospheric pressure, as I understand it, so the ignition systems were pressurized to keep it operating as intended. Braided shielding would not contain pressure, ergo the ignition wires had to be solid. So, while there may be braided sheilding on the wires, there is still a smooth outer covering. That is why braided wire would be incorrect on a model airplane, at least to my knowledge.
  4. Yeah, my 13-year old wants to see it, so we're going tonight.
  5. Here's an image of Flak Bait from May, 1945. http://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/3623 The airplane is pretty beat up after 200+ missions, but not quite as beat up as it is in the photo above.
  6. British Standard and Whitworth fasteners were different than US (not sure if SAE was around yet here) standard ones. Bolt head sizes and thread profiles were not compatible or interchangeable. Plus, I believe the British method for identifying wrench sizes was tied to the bolt diameter vs. the US method of sizing the wrench to the distance across the flats of the bolt head or nut. So a 5/8" wrench means something different depending on which side of the pond one is on.
  7. Very nice! Love those Blue Diamond Mustangs!
  8. The BuNo, 25881, is identified in the caption of the photo that was linked.
  9. That one may be the prototype for the -5 and have the windscreen, but the BuNo is solidly in the middle of the -3 blocks. I haven't seen any documentation that it ever was designated anything other than F6F-3. That said, it is a flat-windscreen Hellcat day fighter in tri-color scheme. Good luck making that odd canopy!
  10. The F6F-3 had 3 different cowl configurations. The earliest had the lower cowl flap and exhaust bulge. The middle one had the bulge but no lower cowl flap. The last was essentially the same as the -5, no lower cowl flap and no bulge. The windscreen is definitive; the -3 day fighters had a 4-piece windscreen with curved front panel, 2 side panels and a top panel, and internal armored glass. The -5 (and -3N) had a 3-piece windscreen with flat armored glass front panel and 2 side panels that met at the top.
  11. Personally, wing panel lines are insignificant compared to the windscreen and cowl differences.
  12. The lower cowl flaps and bumps over the exhausts are maybes, it depends on the specific airplane. Both features were deleted during the -3 production, I believe the lower cowl flaps went away first. The big thing that needs to change, other than adding the windows behind the canopy, is the windscreen; the -3 had a 4-piece windscreen with a curved front piece, 2 side panels, and a panel at the top with an armor glass panel inside, whereas the -5 had a 3-piece windscreen with a flat, armored glass front pane and 2 side pieces that met at the top. There are also a few minor adjustments to make to the cockpit consoles to delete some things that the -5 had that the -3 did not. Also, the metal skinning on the underside of the flaps where the rocket exhaust would impinge needs to be backdated to the fabric like on the upper surface. There may be a couple of other things, but those are the really visible ones I can think of.
  13. The extra canopy from the Hasegawa kit will go on the Trumpeter with very little fuss. A bit of plastic card to fill the gap at the front, and some thin strip to shim a couple little places around the rear sides of the windscreen is pretty much all it takes, after trimming a small amount from the front of the locating tabs on the windscreen to clear the instrument panel. Only catch is that either the Hase or the Trumpy will have a closed canopy, if that matters to you. I've done it twice now, once on a Trumpy D-30 that I built as an "M", and on an "N" that I'm currently working on. In all honesty, the fitting of the Hase glass was much less hassle than dealing with the gun bay doors, all the invisible internal stuff that no one will ever see but sort of needs to be there to hold other things in place, or the miserable lack of positive engine attachments.
  14. Why? Because the Trumpeter P-47s are a nightmare to build IMO. At least the fuselage, with all that internal gobeldygook that will never be seen but still mostly needs to be fitted in order to hold other things in place, and the pathetic lack of any positive means to fit the engine. Having built both Trumpeter and Hasegawa bubbletops (fitting a spare Hasegawa canopy on the Trumpter kit to take care of that mess), I like the overall look of the Hasegawa kit better.
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