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About Lietsalmi

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    Model airplanes, gardening and cooking - and football, American style.

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  1. I do have the Trumpeter F-6F kit and I am actually using its R2800 engine as a starting point for my A-26B resin engine replacements. Trumpeter actually made the R2800 engine originally for F-4U (written on the sprue) and just added the same engine to the F-6F kit. This engine still needs a few modifications to represent properly the R2800 engine used in A-26B but even without any modifications it is way better than the kit engines.
  2. Indeed. I started to make an easy fix (just the two cylinder rows) but ended up making the whole engine. Quickboost engines would have been an easier solution but since I am already on my way...
  3. Also Relish Resins have 1/32 B-25 props. But neither of those seems to be anywhere available. Does anyone know if they still exist? Or then I will just use my motto: if something does not exist, I will make it myself.
  4. Next, let's get to the engine business! Douglas A-26B's had Pratt & Whitney R-2800-27, -71 or -79 engines, i.e., the "B" series R-2800 with a smooth nose casing. Here are a couple of pictures (first one is actually R-2800-21): The kit engine is completely wrong: 14 cylinders instead of 18, too short, wrong placement of the cylinders, too wide nose casing, etc. So I started to build replacement cylinder rows that I would cast in resin. Or that was how I thought I would solve the problem. After building the new cylinder rows with 18
  5. Next, propellers! Here I have bad news. The kit propellers are both wrong size and wrong shape. The diameter should be 12 ft 7 in, which would mean in 1/32 scale 120 mm. Unfortunately each propeller blade is about 7 mm too short. Also the blades are a bit too narrow and the blade ends are a bit too pointy (should be more rounded). See photo here: Wait! I can see a Hobby Boss trend here. There is exactly the same problem with their 1/32 B-24 Liberator. Unfortunately there are no easy solutions here: either repair the kit propellers wit
  6. Next a few words about the clear parts. As I have said before, the canopy framing is wrong and it seems that the framing tries to represent the later style bubble canopy framing. But the shape is for the earlier flat canopy. Let's let pictures talk for themselves: I will 're-frame' this canopy to make it the 'later flat style' canopy like on the plane just above this post. Very doable. But then the gunner glazing... It should have a recessed area where the periscope should be. But the glazing is completely flat on top, the top windows are too narrow and corn
  7. I went through the fuselage cross-sections and I think that the fuselage shape is almost correct. That is the good news. For example, please, see here a comparison of the nose cross-section and the Hobby Boss nose part. Not bad. The bad news is that the cross-section is too bulky or too round exactly where you can see it: around the cockpit. Here is the cross-section blueprint: And here is the Hobby Boss fuselage part: You can see that the fuselage side is not straight enough and corners are too round compared to the blueprint.
  8. This is great! I will PM you. Now, I started to look a bit deeper to the canopy issue. Originally I thought that there were two kind of canopies: the earlier flat style front opening canopy and the later bubble style clamshell canopy. Like it shows here: Now, I started to look for a good aircraft to model and, since I found quite a few pictures and a color film footage about 41-39250 'Dottie Mae' (A-26B-20-DL), I thought that I will build that. BUT THAT PLANE HAS A THIRD STYLE CANOPY! This one is kind of an interim canopy model between the earlier flat canopy and the later bubble
  9. And Finnish... 'A few' years ago it was an earth shattering experience to see, hear and feel when a Finnish Air Force Draken took off from an airport in Northern Finland. It was like a space rocket and it even looked like one. At that time there were no noise limitations and when the afterburner lit on right in the beginning of the take off run, you really felt it. And a few seconds later it was that beautiful double delta shape that you saw against the blue sky. Those were the days... Which makes me wonder how on earth the Finnish Air Force had at that time a strange mix of
  10. My best bet would be Aerocraft. What I have seen, e.g., from Nigel's review of the P-51D resin canopy made by Aerocraft, they should have the knowledge to create really first-class resin canopies. And I do have several of their brass and resin sets and they are really world class. Even though I am ok with casting resin, I do not dare to try to make clear canopies myself. Could we somehow make a kind plea to Aerocraft and ask them to create correct canopies for us ordinary mortals?
  11. This time I would like to take focus on the kit decals. Printing looks good and colors are well in register. So technically good quality. But stencils are missing and the selected aircraft are not suitable for the kit parts without modifications. Here are the selected aircraft: Douglas A-26B-15-DT, s/n 43-22337, c/n 18484, Douglas Fuselage Number 86 Produced in Tulsa, OK and delivered to USAAF in Aug-Sep 1944. Served in 416th Bomb Group, 670th Bomb Squadron in Base A-55 in Melun/Villaroche, France. During the mission # 201 on Friday, Feb 9, 1945 with Henry W. Bor
  12. And yet another update... Please, let me know if I get too wild. I checked the production blocks and serial numbers of early A-26B's. For me the most challenging modification would be the later style bubble canopy so I am focusing on the flat style canopy versions. So, now, which serial numbers could be built with relative ease with the Hobby Boss kit? Here is my summary: The first 500 production A-26B's up to the production block A-26B-40-DL were built at the Long Beach factory and the bubble canopy was introduced already with the block A-26B-30-DL. The Long Beach factory
  13. Thank you! I will let you know as soon as I start casting some resin. When I compared the kit fuselage and nose cone cross-sections with the blueprints (see here: https://www.the-blueprints.com/blueprints/modernplanes/douglas/80220/view/douglas_a-26_invader/), I was pleasantly surprised. According to my first inspection it seems that all the cross-sections along the whole fuselage match very well with the blueprints. I don't know why the fuselage looked also to me too rounded when I had seen only the pictures on the internet. Maybe gray plastic versus metallic sheen on the real
  14. This is my first posting to the forum so, please, treat me kindly if I don't know exactly how to behave in the beginning. All the puppies and newbies need a hug first. I got my Hobby Boss A-26B Invader yesterday and I quickly reviewed the instructions and all the sprues and compared them with actual A-26 blueprints and historical photos. And to my great relief, it seems that it is not that difficult to make the most needed corrections to make this kit replicate the actual A-26B really well. Of course, to make it 100% accurate you would need to change the cross-section of the fuselage, et
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