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1/16 scale scratch built AT-38B Talon-The Smurf jet is back!


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36 minutes ago, Timmy! said:

Another crazy canopy system.  Boggles the mind that the transformer rectifier and inverter are mounted on the back of the mechanism with 4 fat circuit breakers on top.  Did the crew need access?  If they did, they better have long arms.

I'll chalk that up to engineers having to put it somewhere, but no practical experience of how/when said system would be used. Kind of like how the peanut gyro for the original hornets was down by the pilot's knee. Because if you lost the HUD  it was already going to be a bad day, let's give the pilot vertigo by making him look down on a side panel while trying to sort through all the checklists...  No aviator would have put it there. But the requirement was there and they had a spot, so boom--we found a spot and it'll fit...On to the next task!

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3 hours ago, Timmy! said:

 

 

Another crazy canopy system.  

 

 

 

 


 


Gorgeous renderings brother! Can’t wait to see how this prints!

Fun fact: the silly canopy mechanism is pretty delicate. Certainly susceptible to high winds and jet blast. We took a 4 ship into Nellis AFB when I was a UPT student. My IP didn’t like the way I parked the jet on the transient ramp, so he grabbed the jet, whipped it around and out of the spot to line it up “ properly “. Trouble was, in his frustration he wicked-jet-blasted the -38 next to us, and knocked it’s raised aft canopy off of its gimbals, and it wouldn’t shut after that.

And I, the savvy student, after he stopped swearing, yelling, and pissing his pants, told him “hey sir, that was my fault. If I had lined up perfectly in the first place, then you wouldn’t have had to reposition the jet. My bad. Beers on me tonight “

 

All better. 
 

cheers

 

Pigfighter

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2 minutes ago, Derek B said:

Amazing work Pete (and Timmy) - i ran out superlatives a long time ago for this build.

 

In terms of airframe - and specifically the cockpit and front fuselage section - is there much commonality with the F-5B?

 

Cheers

 

Derek


Hi Derek,

Thanks! Yes- the F-5B is the most similar to the T-38 of the F-5 family. The biggest differences from the T-38 are the gear, intakes, leading edge extensions, and wings-

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13 minutes ago, Pete Fleischmann said:


Hi Derek,

Thanks! Yes- the F-5B is the most similar to the T-38 of the F-5 family. The biggest differences from the T-38 are the gear, intakes, leading edge extensions, and wings-

 

Thanks Pete - that will be very helpful to know when I am making my HAF F-5B models, so I can learn from you and follow your lead.

 

Many thanks

 

Derek

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  • 1 month later...

How about some parts?  Pig asked me a while ago to post some and I finally got some decent shots to share.

 

Rudder pedals.

 

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Center canopy section.

 

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Front seat with canopy mechanism and instrument panel shroud.

 

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Rear seat and canopy mechanism.

 

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That's it for now.

 

Timmy!

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Holy crap dude. These are insane! So excited to work these into the model! It’s almost too pretty to paint…At the rate I work, You have saved me several years of scratch building with this! Gonna be awesome brother-

 

cheers

Pigfighter

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14 hours ago, Pete Fleischmann said:

 ... At the rate I work, You have saved me several years of scratch building with this! Gonna be awesome brother-

 

cheers

Pigfighter

 

Hahaha! I can relate to that ...

 

I can't wait to see those parts installed (and painted :wicked: )

 

Cheers

Rainer

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