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Old 10-14-2010, 07:02 PM
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Default Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

Going to get back to building my Wildcat. Started a few years back. This project like any other has had a few setbacks but I really am motivated to get her done.
Here are some pics , I am making new flaps. The large flaps originally made from 1/16th ply twisted and warped. probably because it has just been sitting. Today
I started the new ones using 1/16th G-10 as a base.
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:40 PM
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Default RE: Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

More pic's. I had stencils made by GetStencils to replicate the plane flown by Marion Carl during September 1942 defending Guadalcanal.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:59 PM
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Default RE: Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

I know the feeling Flak. I have had a 124 inch Holman/Taylor Mossie framed up and out panels glassed for about 6 years. I plan to knock it out this winter as well. Love the Wildcat, good luck with the build/flying.

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Old 10-15-2010, 07:16 AM
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It is a great flyier.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:06 PM
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I have started to fit the new flaps. Looks allot better than the pretzel I started with.
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Some progress today, the engine is here!!
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:19 PM
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I'm totally jealous Flak! I would absolutely love to do one of these myself but, thus far, I have been unable to purchase or trade my way into a set of retracts. Looking forward to the finished product.
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:18 AM
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You will have no lack of power with this engine!
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:55 AM
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Chad Veich
"Looking forward to the finished product".


Chad, I am too!! Been slow going thus far.


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Looking great FB !
What size tires/wheels are those and where did you get them please?
Ive got a 1/6 Bates Hellcat that may need a set like that if the size is correct, I think mine calls for a 5 inch tire/wheel (?)
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:19 PM
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John,
The wheels are from Glennis Aircraft. http://www.glennis.com/
I also have a set for my Bates Hellcat. Check them out
online.
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Hey Flak, I found a paint job for you. No kidding, I really like it!

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Old 11-05-2010, 11:38 PM
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Default RE: Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

Chad,

It would work but, it's an FM2. I am modeling an F4F-4.
Looks like a drone paint job. Too bad it was probably shot down.

Have you received your P-40 yet?

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Old 11-06-2010, 09:32 PM
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Chad,
It would work but, it's an FM2. I am modeling an F4F-4.
Looks like a drone paint job. Too bad it was probably shot down.

Have you received your P-40 yet?

Not a drone Flak but part of a Naval Air Modification Unit and used for training mechanics according to the web site where I found the picture. I have a hunch that if it was used as a training device it probably never flew in these colors. It probably suffered a fate nearly as bad, or possibly worse, than being shot down!

I cancelled my P-40 order a few months ago and purchased a Don Lien Hellcat project instead. It is a joint project with my brother and we felt the Hellcat would be a bit more "pilot friendly" for him as he is a relatively low time warbird flyer. I still plan to design my own P-40 at some point, either a B/C model or an M/N with the stretched fuselage. Anything but an E model I guess!
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Excuse me for being dumb but can you tell me what G-10 is and where to buy it.
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Chad, do you have some interesting pain scheme (like this yellow) for Hellcat?

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Excuse me for being dumb but can you tell me what G-10 is and where to buy it.
Here you go:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/116/3587/=a8x3g9

In our hobby we seem to primarily use the sheet. It is strong like steel but lighter in weight. You can cut it with a hack saw. It is used to make custom control horns, hinges, etc.
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Chad, do you have some interesting pain scheme (like this yellow) for Hellcat?

Hi Mirce,

There were a few brightly colored Hellcats including several which were overall yellow. I've posted pictures of some of the most colorful ones below. The Squadron Signal "Hellcat in Action" book also has a black & white photograph of an overall yellow Hellcat which is almost identical to the Wildcat I posted previously except that the Hellcat also has a black anti-glare panel forward of the windscreen. I don't know if any other documentation exists for that one other than that one b&w photo however.

A mostly yellow Hellcat Drone.


Overall red Hellcat drones and drone controllers. These came with lots of different colored tails.



Another all red drone Hellcat. This is how I am going to paint my 1/8 scale Hellcat.


Target towing Hellcat.


Sorry to Flakbait for hijacking his thread with Hellcat stuff!!!
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Thank you Chad, and sorry to Flakbait for hijacking his thread with Hellcat stuff!!!

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Mirce,

If you're interested in that yellow one I posted above let me know. I have some other pictures of it including a good close up shot of the bumble bee nose art.
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No worries,

Anything from the Grumman Iron works is welcome here!!!!
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Been doing some work on the ol' Wildcat...
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A few more.....
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Default RE: Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

Flakbait,

Nice project. Great engine choice but it looks too long. You may want to consider stepping that firewall back an inch or more. You could pocket it back without much trouble. There is nothing behind there until you get to the gear. It would dramatically improve the look of that prop hub. Now is the time to do it before you get any further along.

Also, don't forget that there is 1 degree right thrust built into the front of that fuse. So don't mount your engine in the middle. Do some trig and mount it off to the port or left side according to the length of the engine you are using. You want that prop in the middle of the cowl. Maybe you already got this covered.

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Leo is correct. I need to build back the engine mount. The Brown Truck showed up with some ply, so I am off.... like a heard of turttles....

In the meantime I have been closing out the wings. Added the leading edges and the tips. I have also started glassing the left wing.
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