ORIGINAL: Chad Veich
Thanks for checking in AB Bob and welcome aboard. I will do my best to keep your attention!
Not to worry FlyerInOKC, there will be lots and lots of pictures to share. I too have a 1/6 scale Corsair in the works that I hope will one day share hangar space with the Hellcat.
Thanks Ram-bro and you are certainly correct about the size of the Hellcat. While the P-47 is considered the largest single engine WW2 fighter that title must be based on weight as the wing span of the Hellcat is larger. In terms of volume the Hellcat would certainly win over the Jug. At 1/6 scale the span of the Hellcat is just under 86 inches compared to 81.5 inches for all versions of the P-47 save the N model. Even the extended wing of the P-47N is a bit smaller than the Hellcat's span at just a fraction over 85 inches in 1/6 scale.
As noted in my original post the model will be designed around the Sierra Giant main gear as seen below. I've yet to have a set of Sierra gear that were not top of the line and I expect these will be no exception. They will get a bit of scale ''eye candy'' added to bring them up to competition standard.
The airplane will ride on a set of 5 1/2 inch scale wheels from DaVinci Machining. These things are cool!
The tail gear will be a large Robart unit and with just a bit of dressing up will do a commendable job of simulating the full size.
And here is a look at the ''quick and dirty'' set of fuselage and tail group drawings being used to construct the prototype. The finished plans will be substantially nicer to look at!
Hopefully the weekend will see some progress and I will have more to share in the week to follow. Thanks again guys!