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About Oldbaldguy

  • Birthday 01/19/1950

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    Pretty much anything with a tail hook.

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  1. Sometimes things happen. Great learning experience for all of us, however. Imagine what the guys who painted the 1:1 jet went thru!
  2. Way too much other stuff yet to come on this build. I move we take a vote. Settle the science, so to speak. I vote for a ribbed tail wheel with no dust covers. Jay gets to pick which one. Then he does the all the work while we all watch, wine glass in hand. Seems reasonable to me.
  3. A US Navy Messerschmidt - who’d have ever thunk it? So where’s the hook?
  4. And…….if I finally correctly read the drawing you posted earlier, it appears you would not have to drill a hole in the dust cover and create a valve stem after all because the dust cover, well, covers it up. No access without removing the cover. Which is probably why you also see photos of Corsairs without dust covers back there - too much to mess with whenever it needed airing up.
  5. Since we all seem to be stuck on your tail wheel, to coin a phrase I would think if you like your dust covers you can keep your dust covers. Would save you a lot of work, deciding and fiddling down the road. Plus you have shown them to be historically correct for your airplane. Like you said, bigger flobzits to ream and all.
  6. I love this. Makes me want to build Navy LSHs instead of Navy LSPs. And I know next to nothing about helos. I gotta get me one of these.
  7. Easily the most accurate and believable depiction ever of an airplane none of us have ever seen. The accumulated dirt, mud, leaks, stains and wear and tear are dead-on and beyond reproach especially since it’s a fair bet that the builder has no first hand experience with fabric covered taildraggers operating in anything like WW1 conditions. This is an epic model.
  8. Hmmmm. Are you absolutely 100% sure there are no gun fairings in that one photo? Cause I’m pretty sure I can see one right there beside the intake from all the way down here where I sit in Nowhere, Ga. Could be wrong and all, but I’m feeling pretty confident. Might be worth some closer perusal before you go much farther.
  9. Hmmm. Almost certainly painted red white and blue. Parked on the lawn of what looks like the ops building like a static display or gate guard. Very clean so it probably had not flown after being painted. Sometimes bases do/did things like this. I’ve seen gate guards with lit cockpits, working nav lights, turning props, weird paint - all kinds of things.
  10. I would think scar tissue might be a problem as you heal up, but flexibility later more so. Lots of people don’t believe in them, but occupational/physical therapists can truly save your bacon - especially a good one - because they understand the physiology of your body and how to make it work normally again. Insist on the therapy. It’s gonna be painful and you will hate it, but you’ll happier in the long run. And, honestly, forcing yourself to build would be a great way to regain fine motor skills in that hand.
  11. If you haven’t already, google Connecticut Corsair Restoration. It’s a Connecticut state gov site aimed at kids that outlines a restoration that someone there is doing. One of the photos shows a bunch of unrestored parts hanging from the ceiling, including a ratty drop tank and TWO unrestored oil tanks neither of which is yellow or silver although one still seems to be sporting a couple of stencils. That’s the best I can do; you must work your magic for the rest.
  12. Not sure you will get a definitive answer on the oil tank color what with the fog of war, replacement parts, field conditions and all. The parts associated with engine oil on most of my 1:1 airplanes were painted yellow but the paint didn’t stick well because of heavy handling/use and exposure to heat, cleaners, etc., so the paint could get pretty spotty and unkempt. This might not apply to something like an F4U because the oil tank is not collocated with the hot, leaky motor and I wouldn’t think it was handled much except for the filler cap. A couple of pix I just googled up also show the tank painted yellow or at least something yellower than the rest of the stuff around it which seems reasonable based on my experience. I think a suitably subdued and maybe a little grimy yellow oil tank would look great.
  13. So which is it: a landing accident or a close encounter while in flight? I vote for a landing accident - that looks like typical big arsed prop damage to me.
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