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I just picked up the Osprey book on the P-61 as well. Scanning the book I noted where the ETO flew with a 2 man crew and the PTO squadrons flew 3 man crews. Even with the fixed "turret" [barbette?] they carried the "gunner". If this is a generally correct assumption , I wonder if the 3rd crewman was a second set of eyes on the flight deck?

My guess,as well, is that The Vigin Widow carried the fixed upper guns. I would like to see a photograph verifying that though.

I'm following the build,it looks great so far.

RD

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I just picked up the Osprey book on the P-61 as well. Scanning the book I noted where the ETO flew with a 2 man crew and the PTO squadrons flew 3 man crews. Even with the fixed "turret" [barbette?] they carried the "gunner". If this is a generally correct assumption , I wonder if the 3rd crewman was a second set of eyes on the flight deck?

My guess,as well, is that The Vigin Widow carried the fixed upper guns. I would like to see a photograph verifying that though.

I'm following the build,it looks great so far.

RD

After going back and forth, I'm going to put the fixed turret on, unless some sort of definitive evidence the contrary comes to light. I like the way it looks.

 

Tim W.

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More in progress of work on the R/O's instrumentation. I have not yet added all the wires/cables to the radar & radio gear yet. One of the frames in the R/O position has to have a notch cut out of it so that the small black box will fit. The truly ambitious could probably do that whole assembly out of plasticard, I suppose.

 

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And of course my camera flash continues to function only when it wants to--but I'll take more shots when the whole thing is assembled. The above bit has just been positioned there to get an idea of how it fits. The framework I was talking about sticks out on the left.

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Tim, love watching this beast come to life. Your doing it justice, my friend !. Hmmm, I just might have to get one, like I really need another twin engined black bird...LOL.....Harv :popcorn:

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Tim

Wonderful progress on the Widow, as the interior office is looking real good.

Keep 'em coming

:popcorn: :popcorn:

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Tim, love watching this beast come to life. Your doing it justice, my friend !. Hmmm, I just might have to get one, like I really need another twin engined black bird...LOL.....Harv :popcorn:

It's a unique aircraft. I'm getting more into this than I thought I would.

 

Tim W.

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Tim, love watching this beast come to life. Your doing it justice, my friend !. Hmmm, I just might have to get one, like I really need another twin engined black bird...LOL.....Harv :popcorn:

Harvey Its BIGER and has Radials, Come on its justified!!! By the way it is a Night Fighter and did I mention its Black :wicked:

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The next challenge: Doing enough scratch-building and stuff to make the R/O position look something like this:

 

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I won't say that my wiring will be exact, but I'm going for "the look" that can be obtained via "creative gizmology" as Shep Paine talked about in his invaluable how-to book.

 

Wow. That's alot of hyphens in one sentence. I need coffee.

 

Mainly I'm using some rubber hose (very thin) that I can't recall where I got, but could sure use more of it. That, and maybe some bundled copper wire for the more fiddly stuff.

 

More to come.

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More progress. Pilot's seat installed, along with fiddly seat belt bits.

 

And I'm starting to add the wiring & cet. to the R/O position.

 

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It occurs to me while working on the various seats & gunsights--how often did the radar operator actually bother having the gunsight in the aft position?

 

With the .50s either removed or fixed forward, what was he going to do with them?

 

Maybe removal of the sight is in order?

 

Anybody have any thoughts on this?

 

Tim W.

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Talk about sidetracked.....

 

Got my instrument panel decals a few weeks ago, but have been sidetracked by a couple of side-projects. One, a diorama involving modern armor (yeah, I know, I know).

 

The other, a rather large side project in the form of Trumpy's 1/200th Bismarck (what was I thinking)?

 

But have no fear, the Widow shall return shortly!

 

Tim W.

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