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I am a long time avid viewer, but new member with LSP. This is my first post on any website. Hope I have done this correctly.

Currently in the middle of backdating Trumpy P-38 to build Miss Virginia, the plane Barber used to shoot down the Betty carrying Yamamoto.  My intention is to show the plane just after landing, with the landing gear high to represent empty fuel cells, spent ammo, etc.  The plane used the 2 external tanks to make this long interception.  My question is this, wouldn't these tanks have been jettisoned before the engagement, and therefore would not be on the plane upon landing.  What do you all think.  Thanks for input...Bob.

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2 hours ago, bobster said:

I am a long time avid viewer, but new member with LSP. This is my first post on any website. Hope I have done this correctly.

Currently in the middle of backdating Trumpy P-38 to build Miss Virginia, the plane Barber used to shoot down the Betty carrying Yamamoto.  My intention is to show the plane just after landing, with the landing gear high to represent empty fuel cells, spent ammo, etc.  The plane used the 2 external tanks to make this long interception.  My question is this, wouldn't these tanks have been jettisoned before the engagement, and therefore would not be on the plane upon landing.  What do you all think.  Thanks for input...Bob.

 

My very first site joined was also LSP (also after lurking for quite some time), and I've never regretted that.

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3 hours ago, bobster said:

I am a long time avid viewer, but new member with LSP. This is my first post on any website. Hope I have done this correctly.

Currently in the middle of backdating Trumpy P-38 to build Miss Virginia, the plane Barber used to shoot down the Betty carrying Yamamoto.  My intention is to show the plane just after landing, with the landing gear high to represent empty fuel cells, spent ammo, etc.  The plane used the 2 external tanks to make this long interception.  My question is this, wouldn't these tanks have been jettisoned before the engagement, and therefore would not be on the plane upon landing.  What do you all think.  Thanks for input...Bob.

 

 

Forgot to mention.............

 

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29 minutes ago, LSP_K2 said:

 

My very first site joined was also LSP (also after lurking for quite some time), and I've never regretted that.

This is the only website for me.  If not 1/32 or larger, I'm not interested.  Dates back to the Revell P-40, which was a new release when I got it.  I recall the cost being $5, which for a young boy was a lot of money.  Happily, I have never looked back.

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52 minutes ago, LSP_K2 said:

I'm working on the same kit right now, hopefully to be finished by 09 2020. Mine will be just a straight J though.

The conversion to G has been doable. The cowling was straight forward.The short fuselage section that is placed in the middle of fuselage is the tricky part. Had to widen the resin halves by placing thick plastic in between them, then align by building the tail unit first and matching fuselage ends to the boom width of tail.  So far so good. The model I am converting was previously built, cost $40 on E-bay, and was built straight from box.  The thing came apart  as no wing bracing had been added. After taking model apart, I added two brass square tubes extending from cockpit tub to as deep as possible into wing tips ( v shaped).  Now, the plane is as stiff as aboard. Highly recommend adding wing spares to this kit.

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In answer to your original question, I don’t know for sure, but I would imagine that they dropped their tanks as they went in to engage the Japanese aircraft. Remember there were a few Zeroes escorting the two Betty bombers. I would guess that there was no desire to engage a gaggle of Zeroes with external tanks hanging off your P-38. Just my view...

Bill M.

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Thanks Bill, my thoughts entirely.  No tanks it is! 

15 hours ago, Bill M. said:

In answer to your original question, I don’t know for sure, but I would imagine that they dropped their tanks as they went in to engage the Japanese aircraft. Remember there were a few Zeroes escorting the two Betty bombers. I would guess that there was no desire to engage a gaggle of Zeroes with external tanks hanging off your P-38. Just my view...

Bill M.

 

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4 hours ago, bobster said:

Thanks Bill, my thoughts entirely.  No tanks it is!

 

Same response I gave a friend that offered me a Lindberg Thunderceptor;... no tanks.

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