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98Wrangler

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About 98Wrangler

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    Hooked For Life
  • Birthday 04/05/1948

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    Alabama
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    WW II aircraft and armor. Vietnam veteran, U.S.N. 1966-1970, three cruises to Yankee Station.
  1. I've started removing the over-pours on the fuselage; takes some time and careful use of #11's and mini-saws, but this is one excellent kit.
  2. From what I've read it was during February of 1945 when the fleet was attacking the Tokyo targets.
  3. I can tell you what you'll see. The floor is natural metal, bright natural metal as it is the wing fuel tank top with space enough above for your head if you twist it sideways. The top of this "floor" will have inspection plates the same size as on the upper wing. This is because the space above is filled with the engine, so there will be a vast amount of metal tubing on that section of the engine. There are some large tubing from the tank forward of the open bays ( which are called "Hell Holes" by those of use who had work to perform in this area) so you would need to scratch build the collars at the base of the tubing that feed fuel to the engine. There were an assortment of natural metal tubes with gaily colored tape markings indication hydraulics, air bleed off lines, and electric lines in armored cable and the special chemicals used to tamp down the exhaust smoke generated by the exhaust. All the interior cavity sides and top of the fuselage would be unpainted. At least that is how it was on aircraft flown off carriers at Yankee Station in '67-'70.
  4. The U.S. Navy should buy eight of these and not build any more of those multi-BILLION dollar targets.
  5. Would you have any SB2C's in stock? If not when?
  6. If any of you have attempted diorama construction before you'll know what a masterpiece like this entails. As some one once told me about my Dad's work restoring antique aircraft: A laborer works with his hands. A craftsman works with his head and his hands. An artist works with his head, hands and his heart. Very evident what class Jerry Rutman falls in.
  7. According to Graham White's "R-2800 Pratt & Whitney's Dependable Masterpiece" 450 P-61B's were built with the R-2800-65 with the first delivery in August 1944.
  8. I never use pure white as the base coat. I use the lightest light grey possible and after weathering I use pure white for dry brushing. This pops the paint scheme with depth and the perception of an over-all white paint finish.
  9. Speaking of AM.......I have been given the Trumpeter MiG-15 bis. What AM is needed for this kit?
  10. So much for sleeping tonight.........................
  11. One step at a time, so eventually a better media will be found and cost "may" decrease to an affordable level. But at least someone is trying.
  12. This kit actually assembles with little if any problems. Fit is very good. There is no real problem other than it's full of detail and has room for extensive super -detailing.
  13. I can see why it would take a year to build this kit if accurately depicting a specific air frame. I am doing a B-10 version, and have a question concerning the lower wing "ridge line". I haven't found any decent photos of that peculiar finistration, So does any one know what that is? And was it on all models or eliminated after the "A" model? Also, the kit comes with crew station relief tubes, but I have found a single photo of those implements in the cockpit for the pilot, Gunner or the Radar Operator. And all the interior photos seem to be of either an XP-61 or P-61A. So were these really included in the A or B versions or just for the C & D?
  14. The late P-51D and the F-51D had only one minor exterior difference, which is a small air scoop on the lower left front cowl forward of the wing. This was for cooling air blown directly on a battery located at that spot that would/could over heat. I think the Tamiya kit has that scoop in place right out of the box. It is on Page 13 of the plans and is shown to be removed, at least on the "D" & "K" kit.
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