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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from allthumbs in The Spad is out of the Bag....A-1E / AD-5 Skyraider conversion   
    The AD-5 armor was a bit different because of the relocation of some engine accessories. See http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2017/08/douglas-ad-5-armor.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from paul fisher in The Spad is out of the Bag....A-1E / AD-5 Skyraider conversion   
    The AD-5 armor was a bit different because of the relocation of some engine accessories. See http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2017/08/douglas-ad-5-armor.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from MARU5137 in Fisher Blue Angels F9F-8B, Yes B...   
    The F9F-8B was an F9F-8 (single seat) modified to carry a nuke. In the great redesignation of Navy aircraft, it became the AF-9J. The TF-9J was the two seater, formerly designated the F9F-8T.
     
    The fact that an F9F-8 has a intake splitter plate (not "slat") or not does not make it a -8B or not. Early F9F-8s did not have the splitter plate; later ones did.
     
    I don't know when the splitter plate was incorporated in production. I do know that blue F9F-8s and early gray/white F9F-8s didn't have them. I had assumed that they were a standard retrofit since they provided a thrust benefit but the early -8s that went to the training command to replace Panthers didn't have them.
     
    The highest F9F-8 Bureau Number I've seen without the splitter plate in a quick review is 141157. The lowest with a splitter plate was 141143. This suggests that it was a retrofit. For what it's worth, those BuNos are in the production block of 141030-141229, which also indicates that 141143 was a retrofit, based on the suitability of that particular Cougar for another tour.
     
    The first set of Blue Angel F9F-8s did not have splitter plates. In this video, #2 does have a splitter as well as an inflight refueling probe that the other three do not. Again, that doesn't make it an F9F-8B although it could have been.
     
    Also see http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2014/12/f9f-8-variations.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from MARU5137 in F4U-5N, Guy Bordellon, Korea 1953 FINISHED   
    "For night-fighter gunnery training purposes the F4U-5N had three retro-reflector devices (trihedral prisms): one on the upper surfaces of each wing tip and a third located on the tail cone. The prisms were used in conjunction with a light projector and the gun camera of the pursuing aircraft."
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Harold in Fisher Blue Angels F9F-8B, Yes B...   
    The F9F-8B was an F9F-8 (single seat) modified to carry a nuke. In the great redesignation of Navy aircraft, it became the AF-9J. The TF-9J was the two seater, formerly designated the F9F-8T.
     
    The fact that an F9F-8 has a intake splitter plate (not "slat") or not does not make it a -8B or not. Early F9F-8s did not have the splitter plate; later ones did.
     
    I don't know when the splitter plate was incorporated in production. I do know that blue F9F-8s and early gray/white F9F-8s didn't have them. I had assumed that they were a standard retrofit since they provided a thrust benefit but the early -8s that went to the training command to replace Panthers didn't have them.
     
    The highest F9F-8 Bureau Number I've seen without the splitter plate in a quick review is 141157. The lowest with a splitter plate was 141143. This suggests that it was a retrofit. For what it's worth, those BuNos are in the production block of 141030-141229, which also indicates that 141143 was a retrofit, based on the suitability of that particular Cougar for another tour.
     
    The first set of Blue Angel F9F-8s did not have splitter plates. In this video, #2 does have a splitter as well as an inflight refueling probe that the other three do not. Again, that doesn't make it an F9F-8B although it could have been.
     
    Also see http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2014/12/f9f-8-variations.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from LSP_Paul in Fisher Blue Angels F9F-8B, Yes B...   
    The F9F-8B was an F9F-8 (single seat) modified to carry a nuke. In the great redesignation of Navy aircraft, it became the AF-9J. The TF-9J was the two seater, formerly designated the F9F-8T.
     
    The fact that an F9F-8 has a intake splitter plate (not "slat") or not does not make it a -8B or not. Early F9F-8s did not have the splitter plate; later ones did.
     
    I don't know when the splitter plate was incorporated in production. I do know that blue F9F-8s and early gray/white F9F-8s didn't have them. I had assumed that they were a standard retrofit since they provided a thrust benefit but the early -8s that went to the training command to replace Panthers didn't have them.
     
    The highest F9F-8 Bureau Number I've seen without the splitter plate in a quick review is 141157. The lowest with a splitter plate was 141143. This suggests that it was a retrofit. For what it's worth, those BuNos are in the production block of 141030-141229, which also indicates that 141143 was a retrofit, based on the suitability of that particular Cougar for another tour.
     
    The first set of Blue Angel F9F-8s did not have splitter plates. In this video, #2 does have a splitter as well as an inflight refueling probe that the other three do not. Again, that doesn't make it an F9F-8B although it could have been.
     
    Also see http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2014/12/f9f-8-variations.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Chek in Fisher Cutlass box art   
    Actually, he wasn't. There are doors leading to passageways under the flight deck that the sailors could use to get out of the catwalk and danger. Bjorn (see his build-article link) is one of the few who got it right. Here's another one: http://thanlont.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-gutless-cutlass.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from quang in Fisher Cutlass box art   
    Actually, he wasn't. There are doors leading to passageways under the flight deck that the sailors could use to get out of the catwalk and danger. Bjorn (see his build-article link) is one of the few who got it right. Here's another one: http://thanlont.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-gutless-cutlass.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Chek in Fisher Cutlass box art   
    Not cheesy - afterburning: see https://www.pinterest.com/pin/449585975284805264/
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Shawn M in A-4C Smoker   
    Correct - the oil to the rear bearing of the engine was not returned to the reservoir but simply vented overboard at a rate of about two quarts per hour.
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from KiwiZac in F4U-5N, Guy Bordellon, Korea 1953 FINISHED   
    "For night-fighter gunnery training purposes the F4U-5N had three retro-reflector devices (trihedral prisms): one on the upper surfaces of each wing tip and a third located on the tail cone. The prisms were used in conjunction with a light projector and the gun camera of the pursuing aircraft."
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Harold in F4U-5N, Guy Bordellon, Korea 1953 FINISHED   
    "For night-fighter gunnery training purposes the F4U-5N had three retro-reflector devices (trihedral prisms): one on the upper surfaces of each wing tip and a third located on the tail cone. The prisms were used in conjunction with a light projector and the gun camera of the pursuing aircraft."
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Shawn M in F4U-5N, Guy Bordellon, Korea 1953 FINISHED   
    "For night-fighter gunnery training purposes the F4U-5N had three retro-reflector devices (trihedral prisms): one on the upper surfaces of each wing tip and a third located on the tail cone. The prisms were used in conjunction with a light projector and the gun camera of the pursuing aircraft."
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from RLWP in F4U-5N, Guy Bordellon, Korea 1953 FINISHED   
    "For night-fighter gunnery training purposes the F4U-5N had three retro-reflector devices (trihedral prisms): one on the upper surfaces of each wing tip and a third located on the tail cone. The prisms were used in conjunction with a light projector and the gun camera of the pursuing aircraft."
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from LSP_Paul in F4U-5N, Guy Bordellon, Korea 1953 FINISHED   
    "For night-fighter gunnery training purposes the F4U-5N had three retro-reflector devices (trihedral prisms): one on the upper surfaces of each wing tip and a third located on the tail cone. The prisms were used in conjunction with a light projector and the gun camera of the pursuing aircraft."
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from blackbetty in F4U-5N, Guy Bordellon, Korea 1953 FINISHED   
    "For night-fighter gunnery training purposes the F4U-5N had three retro-reflector devices (trihedral prisms): one on the upper surfaces of each wing tip and a third located on the tail cone. The prisms were used in conjunction with a light projector and the gun camera of the pursuing aircraft."
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from EvilCarrot in Trumpy Skyraider (Korean War)   
    You don't see a center pylon on the AD-4 because as shown in Finn's post above, it didn't have one. The rack was located within the fuselage. Also see http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2015/07/douglas-ad-1-skyraider-pylons.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from MikeMaben in Kit bashing a Revell F4U-1d and Trumpter F4U-4 to make a better-4   
    http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2014/03/f4u-4-modelers-notes.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Harold in AMS Resin F4U-2 radar pod DONE!   
    http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2013/06/f4u-2-antennas-and-other-stuff.html
     
    http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2013/06/f4u-2-color-scheme.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from D Bellis in AMS Resin F4U-2 radar pod DONE!   
    http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2013/06/f4u-2-antennas-and-other-stuff.html
     
    http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2013/06/f4u-2-color-scheme.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Harold in New 1/32 F-4K/M (FG.1/FGR.2) Phantom kit announced by HKM   
    Although a resin conversion set might have been canceled due to the HKM project announcement, a prospective provider of one that I was providing support to was daunted by the amount of fuselage that had to be replaced, basically from the engine inlets aft to blast area aft the afterburners. The inlet ramps were also different. Note that the 1/48th conversion cited above does not appear to include the fuselage changes around and aft of the Spey afterburners, which are notably larger. That said, conversions from F-4Js like the example included above are doable. If you're impatient, details on most of the changes required are provided here: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2012/05/spey-powered-phantom-changes.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Chek in New 1/32 F-4K/M (FG.1/FGR.2) Phantom kit announced by HKM   
    Although a resin conversion set might have been canceled due to the HKM project announcement, a prospective provider of one that I was providing support to was daunted by the amount of fuselage that had to be replaced, basically from the engine inlets aft to blast area aft the afterburners. The inlet ramps were also different. Note that the 1/48th conversion cited above does not appear to include the fuselage changes around and aft of the Spey afterburners, which are notably larger. That said, conversions from F-4Js like the example included above are doable. If you're impatient, details on most of the changes required are provided here: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2012/05/spey-powered-phantom-changes.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Harold in AMS Resin A-4A/B nose is finished   
    A summary of A4D/A-4 noses: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2012/11/airfix-172-a4d-2-overall-size-and-shape.html
     
    An index of my Scooter posts (it may not be up to date): http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2013/03/a4d-4-skyhawk-collector.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Kagemusha in AMS Resin A-4A/B nose is finished   
    A summary of A4D/A-4 noses: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2012/11/airfix-172-a4d-2-overall-size-and-shape.html
     
    An index of my Scooter posts (it may not be up to date): http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2013/03/a4d-4-skyhawk-collector.html
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    Tailspin Turtle got a reaction from Derek B in 1/32 British Phantom FG.1/FGR.2 conversion for the Tamiya F-4J?   
    Ya gonna believe me or your lying eyes? The Spey inlet opening was increased in width (by about three inches) but not depth. (The nacelle itself was increased in depth after the opening, possibly to angle the duct at the engine face to match the slightly higher incidence of the installed Spey.) However, the width is not easy to measure and compare. The variable ramp is a bit different (the fixed ramp is slightly wider longitudinally but its forward edge is in the same location), the variable ramp may not be fully closed on both airplanes being measured, the inlet opening on the Spey Phantoms was moved slightly aft (it has to do with the location of the shock off the forward end of the fixed ramp, which is also why the fixed ramp is longer to properly position the shock coming off the front edge of the variable ramp), and the guy holding the tape measure might not measure the inlet lip at exactly the same point horizontally on both aircraft. New measurements are being taken.
     
    Incidentally, I've checked a set of J79 and Spey ramp measurements that has been posted and a couple of dimensions are almost certainly incorrect. All the pertinent meaurements will be redone in the near future.
     
    n.b. I've updated the Spey Phantom post recently: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2012/05/spey-powered-phantom-changes.html
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