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HK Model B-25J Backdated to a B-25C/D, Fingers Crossed

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This will be fun to watch ! I'll stick around for the build !........Harv :popcorn:

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Guest Martinnfb

Excellent project, good luck.

cheers

M.

 

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Hope to end up with something along the the lines of these, however I remember an Air Classics magazine that I had back in about 1974 that had a great photo of a Pacific based C/D model called "THE PLASTERED BAS***D", great nose art, still looking for it ! [/url]">http://06015-00.jpg

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Wow - that is cool !!!!

 

I will be watching closely, since I had the same idea some time ago... although I did not have a clue about this reduced height - so essentially just daydreaming :-)

Thank you! The lower fusalge on the earlier model B-25 make it look different, it gives the fuselage a "hump back" look. The reason for the size change in the later fuselage was to help accomodate the tail gunner position which became standard.

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Hi Patrick,

 

Good work! I was literally just asking for information on doing this exact thing in LSP discussion last week or the one before. Looks like you're off to a great start.

 

Where did you get your info for the rear fuselage shape from? I know it was 6" shallower but I couldn't work out where. Do you have some C/D drawings?

 

I'm looking forward to seeing how you go with it. Good luck!

 

Craig

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Wow, super cool project! Im always amazed at the ingenuity of our membership! Im not sure I would have had the spheres to chop out that section correctly, but as you pointed out, the extra fuselage sprue made this all possible.

 

Looking forward to more! 

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Hi Patrick,

 

Good work! I was literally just asking for information on doing this exact thing in LSP discussion last week or the one before. Looks like you're off to a great start.

 

Where did you get your info for the rear fuselage shape from? I know it was 6" shallower but I couldn't work out where. Do you have some C/D drawings?

 

I'm looking forward to seeing how you go with it. Good luck!

 

Craig

Thank you ! I found an old IPMS article on the internet about converting 1/48 scale kits into C/D when there were no good kits available in that scale, it gave me the dimension math and I converted to 32 scale, I didn't realize until I read that, that the horizontal stab had to drop along with the top of the fuselage. So it became much easier for me when I found out about the stabilizer, on the HK kit if you just locate the panel line under the the stabilizer fillet just mark off a parallel line 3/16"(scale 6") lower than the original panel line, this will bring the stab down and still leave it in the proper realationship with the airframe. The other cut I used my judgement with overall shape of the original fuselage, the B-25 has pretty much flat sides, with consistant radii on the corners, if you look at the HK fusaelage there is a continuous panel line about where the vertical flat side ends near the top of the fuselage that runs from the back end of the bomb bay almost all the way to the leading edge of the stab. This panel line should have 3/16" removed below it at it's very rear end where it meets the same vertical panel line that the stab shares, the cut needs to taper back to zero moving towards the front of the fuse. I did this because I realized the cutting there basically leaves the flat sides are still meeting the continuous radii at the top of the fuselage, nothing gets disrupted left to right when you re-glue the seam. I will have to re-scribe the one panel line and a few rows of rivets at a different angle because it starts in the same place at the front but according to all the drawings I've looked at it should run down to about the middle of the stab. ">http://lElDA5l.jpg

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