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About daveculp

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    Las Vegas, NV
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    Large scale aircraft modeling. 3D printing. Post WW2 military aircraft.

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  1. As a kid I really enjoyed watching the final scene of the movie "The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!" which featured a couple of F-101's investigating reports of a Soviet sub in U.S. waters. "Let's go home, Charlie Brown."
  2. Normally no, but I'm going to display it with the reactor in the process of being winched up into the aft bomb bay, so it will be visible.
  3. First print of the reactor is complete. I used a resin I've never tried before, a semi-transparent blue-green resin called Siraya Blu. I don't know if I'll keep this print or try again with my usual resin grey resin. The print looks cool, but it has a couple spots that could be better. First photo is of the CAD design. Next photo is of the part being cured in a UV curing box. (only included here because it looks cool) Next photo shows the print with a photo of the real reactor. Next photo is the reactor next to the B-36 fuselage. All that fuss over such a little object! I'll primer it and do some more sanding, then decide if it's a keeper or not. The final reactor color will be all silver.
  4. Very nice! I have plenty more photos from this weekend taken at Chino and March Field. Folland Gnat, KC-97, KC-135, P-26, SR-71, D-21 + trailer, and lots of one or two per subject.
  5. Sure. Didn't know we had one
  6. Here are some close up photos of an OV-10D at Chino airport. The airplane is newly refurbished by these guys: https://www.ov10squadron.com/ It's clean enough to eat off of. One thing to keep in mind while referencing these photos is that this airplane was originally an OV-10A that was converted into an OV-10D. It then sat in a field for a few years and was later refurbished and civilianized.
  7. Yeah, it's pricey alright, but I was afraid of burnout, especially after deciding the whole kit would have to be rescribed. I know I had earlier decided to print my own cooling scoops, but they were available at a reasonable price from the same maker so I bought them also. The only thing I'll be printing now is the reactor itself.
  8. It's tricky to figure out where to cut the nose of the bomber off. The available diagrams and photos don't seem to agree on this, so I picked one and started cutting. I found if I cut the radome off first the fuselage will fit snugly in my miter box (or mitre box, depending on which side of the Atlantic you reside). Lucky! The cut still came out a bit crooked because the fuselage radius is slightly larger than the height of the miter box. After cutting you need to sand off some raised features on the inside of the fuselage halves. Then the test fit of the new nose from Click2Detail (https://www.click2detail.net/) Deciding where to cut the bomb bays open is another guessing game. Here are the end points I decided on, and also the center point where a bulkhead will go between the two bomb bays.
  9. Now that the T-38 replacement is known, how long can we expect to wait before model kits show up? https://www.boeing.com/defense/t-7a/
  10. I've been wanting to do this build for a long time, ever since I read David Carpenter's book about the NX-2 nuclear powered airplane. Since the NX-2 was never built most of the book is about the test programs created to gather data for the nuclear powered aircraft program. The "ground" part of the testing took place in the desert of southern Utah, and the flying part involved the Convair NB-36H (also known as the XB-36H). One B-36H, which was damaged in a tornado, was converted into a flying test bed for a one megawatt reactor. It got a whole new front end with lots of lead and rubber shielding. The reactor was hoisted up into the aft bomb bay with a hook and plugged into the monitoring, control and cooling systems installed for the test. All this was done by remote operation. The reactor didn't power anything. Waste heat was dumped into the atmosphere through the cooling system. I've seen this done in a reasonable 1/144 scale, but you know what they say, "Go big or go home", so I'll do it in 1/72 scale. The biggest part of the conversion is the fuselage front end. I considered 3D printing my own, but I found one available at Shapeways, and even though it's pricey I figured the time savings would be worth it. The other conversion parts needed are the scoops for the reactor cooling system. Those are also available at Shapeways, but I need to print something, so the scoops are it. I'll also need to add the aft bomb bay doors - I want both bays open, with associated bulkheads. I have in mind a diorama, actually a partial diorama given the huge wing span, which shows the reactor being winched up into the aft bomb bay from it's underground bunker. Naturally you can't start a project like this without at least considering where in the #$&& am I going to put it. I'm hoping I can give it to the local Atomic Energy Museum, if they'll have it. When the project is completed I expect to be adept at NMF and panel line rescribing since that's where much of the sweat will go. So, to start with I'm rescribing panel lines using the original raised panel lines as a guide. I'll first do all the lines that don't cross the fuselage halve seams. I'll save the rest for after the fuselage halves are joined, just to make sure the lines meet properly.
  11. Thank you for showing us this beautiful build! It's a real inspiration for me since i have a big NMF project started and have been fretting over how best to do it. I really like the Vallejo paints, so your results make me very happy. May I ask which colors did you use? Model Color or Model Air?
  12. In the 1950's the Wolfhounds arrived at Soesterberg Air Base, Netherlands in F-86's. That's a long history! I'll be following this build.
  13. Thanks everyone. It's been a treat!
  14. Long day today! Entered my first modeling contest - got a second place award in my division One thing I haven't mentioned before - the left side windows don't have bungees to hold them open. The rear-left window is rarely opened. The pilot's left window has a short gust lock rod, so it is usually seen open only about 20 degrees or so. A good look at the laser pod here. I originally 3D printed the glass bit using a transparent resin, but the objects yellowed right away, so I then printed them using grey resin and tried to cast transparent copies in a silicone mold. That would probably have worked if it wasn't my first feeble attempt at silicone mold casting. I ended up using the least-yellowed of the original transparent prints. Also, I think the "barrel strap" looking rings on the external fuel tanks look a bit too thick. I probably should have sanded them down a bit. A flash photo of the cargo door showing the gust lock device and the canvas bag (which I think was used to hold the gear pins). Flash photo of the rear showing the cargo door telescoping gust lock.
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