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Old 12-24-2008, 09:22 AM
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Vasek,
Your point about the hinges being perpendicular (straight line) seems logical so I checked the flaps and they are perpendiculat to the surfaces. The problem is each end of each flap is curved so they can't rotate along the axial lines of their respective hinge points without hitting each other. I'm guessing that they tried different arrangements and this worked best for them. As Guido suggests, it may be best to trim the insides of each flap to remove the binding.

Barry,
thanks for those tail door pictures.
As for the closing mechanism in the manual: it's hard for me to see what they are doing with no description and only one picture!
I'll probably go with four air cylinders.

Also, I see in one of the pictures that you posted, there appears to be a rotating landing light on the outside wing.
I want landing lights on this baby and I've yet to see any on scale or full size planes! : anybody have info on this, please post.
If they are rotating, after doing my Robart P-47, they shouldn't be difficult.

I also want to make and attach a tail hook to the tail wheel so some 'brain storming' will be needed when my tail gear is ready and then figure out how to attach the tail hook.

Since it's Christmas eve:

http://ecard.ashland.edu/index.php?ecardYear=2004adm
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Old 12-24-2008, 10:03 PM
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Hey Sam,

Great job, and a Merry Christmas to you sir.

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Just saw a pbs show on the Royal Navy.
I didn't know their Navy went to the Pacific to fight the Japanese.
I also have to assume that Australia and Canada also had ships in the Pacific: I know their men fought courageously.
Every documentary that I've seen always indicated (or implied) that just the US ships were there.
The pbs show had an interesting point: the US ships were easier to damage with the wooden decks than the Royal Navy's all metal decks.
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Ken-H:
You have been kind of quiet. Did you get your corsair yet?
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:22 AM
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Sam or Barry:
Regarding the inspection plates on the stab. I see where they should be up on the left side.

Does this also hold true for the elevators? I see each side has one inspection plate and they are located on opposite sides.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:17 AM
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Never mind, as I progressed, I see the stabs are not interchageable due to the plywood plate located on the wing tube on the inside of each stab. This plate is to be drilled for the tube hold down bolt so should be located on the bottom for esthetic reasons. The elevators are interchangeable but no matter which side you put them on, the inspection plate is on the right.

I did run into a problem with the stab aluminum tube. Each stab half requires 7" and the fuslage is 3 3/4", so you need a tube almost 18" long. The one supplied to me is 14" long. Will fire off an e-mail to comp-arf and see what up.

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Paul,
At least you got one; I just checked and mine is missing.
It appears to be 20mm in diameter.
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fyi,
Looks like Corsairs didn't have landing lights.
I didn't see lights on any drawings and Gary Webb confirms this.

All I need now is to find a web site that sells 20mm CF/aluminum tubing.
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Sam

I took this pic at the Maine Jet Rally a couple of years ago..

This baby flying in was the big surprise for the event.

He made a couple of very low high speed passes right down the runway before landing.
That alone was worth the price of admission.

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fyi,
Looks like Corsairs didn't have landing lights.
I didn't see lights on any drawings and Gary Webb confirms this.
Early F4U-1’s and early production F4U-1A’s had a retractable landing/taxi light under the left wing, this is easy to see on any drawing. It was replaced with an approach light in the leading edge of the left wing during F4U-1A production starting with BuNo. 17930. You can easily see the gun camera on the right wing and the landing light on the other in most pictures. Notice in the picture that the gun camera is on the leading edge while the landing light is slightly below the leading edge so as to illuminate the runway.
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mesh, I belive that is the Collings Foundation F4U-5NL. It is flown by Dan McCue. I will upload a ffew pics of it.
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Andy,

You are totally correct.

I have more pics but didn't want to hijack Sam's thread.

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To any and all who love to see these beautiful aircraft in the air please read from the Collings Foundation Web site and pass along to your Senator. here is the link:

http://www.collingsfoundation.org/enews/enewsletter.htm
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Sam:
I found numerous 20mm c/f tubes but they were all 400mm long which is slightly less than 16". I calculated that if I install the blind nuts 1/4 to 3/8" from the end rather than the 1 1/2" if the tube is shoved all the way end, it will work. I ordered from Troybuilt so will let you know if it works. In the meantime I will keep looking for longer ones.
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:27 PM
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Ken-H:
You have been kind of quiet. Did you get your corsair yet?
Paul

Paul,

No luck yet and I've been wrapped up in some other projects for now so it has not been on my mind too much. Hopefully I'll see it as I near the end of the other stuff I need to get done.

Sam,

I have a buddy with a Ziroli Bearcat and he wanted landing lights as well. We got access to a full scale one and after climbing all over it for 30 minutes looking for them we gave up. Even the pilot was unaware of it but the plane was a former Reno contestant and may have been removed. So I did some searches and what I read was that the Navy did not want them and did not equip aircraft with them in that era.

How true is it? I don't know, it's the Internet after all. I have seen a couple of pictures with landing lights on the Corsair but not sure where or if they were added afterwards. If I stumble upon them again I will post them. Here is a couple more.

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Here is another picture off the Kiwi site.

http://www.kiwiaircraftimages.com/pages/annf4u23.html

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Yo dudes,
thanks for all the great pictures and help on lights/references/tubing.
While looking for lights, I also noticed that there are no guns built into this kits wing: it's seems unusual that they left them off.
I haven't been doing much during Christmas but should get back into 'assembly' in a few days.
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fyi,
Several weeks ago, I asked my local library if they would purchase 'Corsair Aces of World War 2' by Mark Styling published by Osprey aircraft of the Aces and it just came in.
A nice soft bound book with about 16 color plates.
Here's the profile plates:
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Paul,
thanks for finding that tubing.
I was having trouble find it.
Let me know how the diameter fits (it looks like 20mm to me!).
16" is close enough to 16 1/2" (that I measured on mine).
I emailed comparf first to see if they 'come through' on the part.

FYI:
Tower has a nice conversion table:

http://www.towerhobbies.com/help/convcalcs.html
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Guys - check this out! http://www.inzpan.com/product_p/400011.htm They offer a prebuilt 25% panel and a kit version for a 20% size F4U instrument panel. No side panels at this time.

I check in on the InZpan web site occasionally to see what's new, just saw this yesterday, might fit with a few mods. They also have other accessories that should work, such as a full pilot figure, seat kits, harness kits, sticks, switch and instrument kits, etc...

Hope everyone had a happy New Year -

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Sam:
Have you found any Hamilton style spinners for the RCS Radial. The XXL thread in post #52 shows one available in England but I have not had any luck in the states yet.......

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Hi All,

Paul is right, I have a guy that will do small runs on the 1/4 scale spiner, they work out at £40.00,very nice,I have one left,
I'm also working on a 1/4 scale pilot,50's era, they should be ready summer 2009.

Sam great build as always,keep up the good work.

Cheers Graham B
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Barry,
I spoke to Brian at dynamic balsa just before Christmas and he should have the cockpit kit out shortly.
I think he said that he's making up 15 kits, so, if there are 50 F4U's being make, I suggest you get your order in quickly.
A plane this size needs a nice cockpit.

Paul,
I've got a soloprop so it already has its own hub although it appears that truturn should meet your needs as they have hubs up to 2" in diameter.
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# 5 , i saw this up here in portland maine a couple of years ago, and i think
it comes up here every year to the OHTM , HERE in owls head maine.

i didnt see it fly though , what an impressive machine.
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THE VIDS ARE AWESOM !!!!!
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