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Old 04-15-2016, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by AC2 View Post
Interesting stuff,, thanks guys! I allways though the Hellcat was a better fighter than the wildcat so its interesting that the hellcat and the corsair would take a back seat to the wildcat...I know the corsair had issues with carriers but was resolved by the carrier approach for one...but was unaware of the Hellcat having problems. What role was the wildcat used in the Atlantic?

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Early on, same roles as in the Pacific. They took part in Operation Torch, operating from USS Ranger, possibly one or more AVTs (CVEs) as well as from several RN CVs (in RN service they were called Martlets).

Later in the war they were also used in an ASW role. The Brits continued using them as fighters from escort carriers. In fact the last RN air to air victories in Europe were scored by Wildcats against Bf-109s over Norway.
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:56 AM
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Well after my Brain Fart at Joe Nall this year..

I have finally received my new replacement Wildcat from Fischer models. It will be some time before i begin the build due to other projects that are ahead of it.

But when i do start i will try to keep you all updated on it..


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Old 09-13-2016, 05:54 AM
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These are the instructions for this kit..
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Old 09-13-2016, 07:25 AM
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Gee! What more could a guy want? But then again Greg, you are an accomplished builder. Hate to see a novice get hands on one of these. Lol.
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:48 PM
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So the doors were cut out and the gear temporarily mounted into the fuse today,,





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Old 10-30-2016, 04:57 AM
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Quick update: Wings are almost completed along with the Horizontal stabs and elevators Tail wheel assembly also was installed.
Started doing some additional scale details on this one.

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Old 10-31-2016, 04:38 AM
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The main landing gear still needs to get installed after i do some changes to the system. I'm going to try to convert it from the air cylinder it has to using a Firgelli actuator to retract and extend it.
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:57 PM
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After a couple of months of coming up with a design and mount for the Actuator i chose, to use to replace the air cylinder for the gear i have finally been able to get this project back on track.
The gear and it's former were installed and glued into place the other day and so today i was able to get the firewall mounted with the motor and also did the cowl and it's mounts. I also glued the baffle into the cowl for the cooling of the Moki 250.
I'll post pictures later.
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:50 AM
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Very Nice Greg Wright! Love that bird!!
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Old 10-03-2017, 01:36 AM
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Hello Guys

To start the story, some introduction: I just turned 65 and since I was 10 Yrs old, committed to model aviation. It meant also the beginning of a long professional aviation career, but that's not important here.
I did almost all kinds of model flying, each one of them providing new challenges.
When large gasoline engines started to become available (like the Quadra for You guys who are also longer on scene) I got hooked on bigger engines and ditto bigger planes. The last 15 Years or so I have flown over 10.000 tow flights with big sized tow planes, up to 160cc. About 8 years ago I joined the jet era also.
But the radial was more or less the last power plant I had no experience with, but could never find a good reason (airplane...) to buy one. Wilgas are just too many around and I almost started it with the Fieseler Storch, with a kit from the Storchschmiede, that can be built like the French Morane version with a radial. Very nice kit, also very expensive, but I have never seen such a big model fly that slow.
However one day one of my towing buddies told me he had a Fisher Wildcat kit lying idle at his home, bought over the internet from someone who gave up already in the beginning. My buddy did not work on it neither because he already built and flies one. He had bought the "spare" one, just in case.... But decided this Year because of age he wasn't going to complete the spare one due to time lack and his age.
Btw, I live in Europe, the Netherlands. (Or "Holland" as many US people know it)

So a few weeks ago I picked up the F4F in Germany and the long search and building journey started. Luck for me the first owner did not do a lot to the kit, as I had to undo most things he did like wrong elevator hinges, who were non-removable!
I am now in the process of reading lots of documentation about the F4F and doing so finding the correct version to build plus a nice color scheme. A friend of mine provided me with about 18 scanned books about the Wildcat.

The kit was complete with gear and the horrendous pricey but unbelievable quality cockpit, and including the Austrian built tail wheel set.
That was my first job in removing the original former plus hardware. Tough job but working from the nose opening, with a Dremel plus long extension shaft taped to a 1,5m long wooden stick, I got it removed. Part of the underside skin is removed now to reinstall the new former with the new tail wheel set. After it is glued in I reinstall part of the skin, but will make some of it removable to be able to service the strut etc.

I would appreciate if a few of the owner/flyers could help me with some questions.

I would at least try to figure out a sliding cockpit. Anyone did that? Will be some helluva job'd reckon.
Studying many pics I noticed the LH wing features a landing light, flush with the underside of the wing. I suppose it was a retractable one used for night ops, but I have yet to find a picture with the light active or extended, anyone? As I bought a nice nav light set from www.unilight.at for it, I could also add a retractable landing light, as they have different sizes in their program.
Anyone with access to a full size F4F, or knowing someone who works in a museum, I would love to know the diameter of it to buy a scaled one.
I'd figured out it will take at least two winters to build it, so the choice of engine can be done at a later stage. Apart from the 5 cyl Moki 250, I see there is an 7 cyl 250 also, and a new 5 cyl 300. Which from a power point should be overkill. And Valach also came up this summer with a 5 Cyl 250, however, with those complex engines I don't want to act as a beta tester with an expensive model, I would at least wait till I hear feedback from owners, who have flown a Year with it.
As for the cowl flaps, interesting to read they are very effective, obviously influencing the CHT of the Moki. I am contemplating to make them movable, by air pressure or some small servos.

For the engine I will decide to make a glass "hood" that will fit the fuse and engine with already side- and down thrust built in.
So many things to decide and to do, am really looking forward.

Sure some owners/flyers will have a few tips on what can be done still while in this early stage. I'd appreciate If You would share it with me.

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Old 10-13-2017, 12:52 PM
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Hmmm, no F4F owners/builders following this thread anymore?
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Old 10-13-2017, 01:57 PM
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I know of only a few of those kits built here in the USA. Scott Prosen is one of those people. He posts often on the Mokie radial forum.
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:58 PM
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I find it interesting that Greg hasn't posted since February. I hope all is well with him
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:21 PM
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Pretty sure I saw Greg's Wildcat at Joe Nall this past spring.
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Old 03-11-2018, 03:51 PM
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Does anyone know if this kit is still being made and available?
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Old 03-11-2018, 09:25 PM
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I need to call Mr Fisher anyhow today or tomorrow so I will ask. As far as I know he is busy with a small batch which will be his last one, as he is approaching a respectful age.
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Old 03-16-2018, 05:36 AM
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I just spoke to Mr Fisher. He is currently building a batch that was supposed to be his last one (he is turning 70...). But due to ongoing requests for more he might consider a new batch.
Just drop him an email which can be found on his site (although don't expect an answer in the next day...)
Good luck!
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