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I noted you were looking for a Trumpeter F-8E kit for your conversion work. I assume it is needed for the RF-8 project. However it made me wonder whether there is any chance of some correct conversion parts for the F-8E/J?... like some correct assymetric "Y" missile racks and corrected nose and radome. Both would be most welcome.

Bill M.

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Yes, it is like the Trumpeter nose and radome are slightly "squashed" on the sides. The vent panel is raised on the kit, but the nose should be flush with the vent panel and the radome should more round in cross-section. I figure that if you build up the nose and radome to be flush with the radome, it will be pretty close to what it should be. Still, it would be so much better if Fisher would give us a corrected nose-- same with the "Y" missile rail.

Bill M.

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The work done by "Barry" as shown in your link is exactly the problem with the Trumpeter nose. See how the nose and radome is built up to be flush with the vent panel?

Bill M.

It is possible to correct the nose, radome and vents as seen here.

 

http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=22179&hl=

 

Barry

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It has to be noted that not ALL F-8Es had the circular radome and that kind of triangular transition between radome and fuselage. For some aircraft, Trumpeter's radome is correct in shape but the areas around the vents would have to be cut out and be glued back in flush with the fuselage.

 

Offering a corrected front landing gear would make sense - Paul has my drawings to correct the fork, leg and wheel.

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That is interesting. I didn't realize some F-8E's did not have the circular cross-section radome and matching nose area. Was there a certain point or bureau number where the transition was made? Regardless, as you say, the vent panels should be flush, rather than sitting proud as Trumpeter did them. I'd still like to see some after-market parts available for the circular radome and corrected nose... and the "Y" racks!

Bill M.

It has to be noted that not ALL F-8Es had the circular radome and that kind of triangular transition between radome and fuselage. For some aircraft, Trumpeter's radome is correct in shape but the areas around the vents would have to be cut out and be glued back in flush with the fuselage.

 

Offering a corrected front landing gear would make sense - Paul has my drawings to correct the fork, leg and wheel.

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I have to admit that I'd need to redo my research regarding the radome - I remember looking this up quite some time ago but don't remember the details. I hope my memory does not mislead me... It probably has to do with the fitted radar; F-8FN and F-8P do always have the 'triangular' transition and circular cross section radome.

 

Early Es seem have to older, narrow radome IMO - or have I been tricked by taking F-8Ks for F-8Es or so?

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FWIW, i mentioned to Paul that with all the work that went into building the RF-8 conversion, it potentially opened up the doors for more Crusader conversions in the future, i.e., The very early F8U-1 and F8U-2. Paul agrees, but he's being understandably cautious at this point. He still has his hands full, getting the RF-8A conversion out the door.

 

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