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Old 12-01-2014, 01:10 PM
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Jim Nice pic's, for my part there is not a pic of any part of a corsair that I don't like.

I grew up with them flying over our neighbor hood during WWII Every day or so.

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I would love to see a few of these birds flying around by me, but all I am stuck with are Bipes. I hear a Radial and get my hopes up, dash out only to see a Bipe or Texan/SNJ. The one time I did get excited was when a TBY flew over, nice and low where you could feel that radial pumping. If a Corsair were local to me, you betcha I would be there a lot getting some lovin on that plane. Corsairs are by far my favorite plane.
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so what your saying is that you would like something like this at your local airport. Me too, he sold it a couple of years ago but I did enjoy it for a while.
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:26 PM
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grumman-cats,

That is a pretty nice bird to have in the neighborhood. I probably would have shed a tear or two when it was sold.

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This Corsair flys over my home very often during airshow season The sound of the radial engine is just amazing, it sounds like a hundred Harley-Davidsons grouped together going by the house, shakes the heck out of everthing No, I am not going to move, I look forward to every fly over

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Old 12-02-2014, 03:53 AM
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I don't know if this has ever been posted before, but it is so cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=087sF9pfuSE
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Originally Posted by grumman-cats

so what your saying is that you would like something like this at your local airport. Me too, he sold it a couple of years ago but I did enjoy it for a while.
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This Corsair flys over my home very often during airshow season The sound of the radial engine is just amazing, it sounds like a hundred Harley-Davidsons grouped together going by the house, shakes the heck out of everthing No, I am not going to move, I look forward to every fly over

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Yes yes yes yes and YES! I live not too far from a residence/airport community(Whatever they are called where people live off runways), and I think Squadron 4 has a few members there. One day they had a little fly in with a couple Avengers. I never realized how big those planes were, especially being carrier planes. They are huge, but no where near as awesome as a Corsair, they have smaller engines.
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A bit of trivia

The Avengers were about 20 mph slower at cruse an more like 60 to 100 at attach speed depending if they were droping a torpedo or bombs,
got this from an aircraft history book by Chistopher Chant That is why the carriers would launch one fighter group first then all of the tbm's and then the rest of the fighters.

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After the war, some were converted into forest fire fighters. They would load them up with fire fighting chemicals and go fight fires. You can tell which ones were doing this as the smell of the chemicals permeats the plane and can never be fully removed unless you tear the plane down to its individual pieces and rebuild with new. The one that I looked at was one, I could smell it in their, and that one was fully restored inside.
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Never been around that stuff so I would not have a clue but having worked in a plane factory in my youth I no the real smell.

Well a bit more on my Corsair repair the whole thing is now ready for glass, so now it on the shelf till I get the Week repairs finished
and ready for paint.
Boy am I glad that is done

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Well I dont have the giant scale, but the 60 size, and the glass is done, ready for paint. My next project once my Cub is finished, which i 95% done as of last night. Just hook the throttle up to the servo, install the switch and RX and its DONE! YEAH. Then back to the Corsair, finish the body work and paint it.
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Dut need to be giant. The smaller is a bag o fun too. While I have a giant scale in the bones, I fly my 60 corsair regularly. Love it.
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For you guys with the 50cc version, what are you using for wing bags?

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Tony I used the wood block that came with the kit but I did the wing tip mode shape and the taper on the under sideI you go to post # 1
You Will find an endex it is not complete but will help you fine info.

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I bought a bunch of material and will have my wife make some bags. If you dont have a sewing machine though, then shopping must you do.
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Grumman Cats, you live in Corsair Heaven FGS ! Lucky you.

Would you have any pics of rockets mounted under the wing ? I'm trying to scale them down (dia. and length) compared to the thickness/ width of the wing.

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I've been saying for a few years now that I'm going to get down to Connecticut corsair. There restoring an F4-U. I really want to get down there this winter. I just within the past year found out that the Corsair is Ct's state airplane. ( didn't even know we had a state airplane) kind of cool.
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this is all I have as far as info on the rockets
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Vasek

Looked in one of my old air craft books, could not find the specifies, but what it does tell me about the WWII rockets is they were 3.5 inch or 90mm H/E with impact fuse with a range of about 1,000 yds under power.

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Thank you guys,

EXCELLENT picture GC

rt, not sure what H/E is (?)
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High Explosive, some had a preset delay if they were A/P = armor piercing
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Default TopFlite GS gear doors

Finally installed landing gear doors after 8 years or so.

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Jchorak,
Would it be safe to assume that you have been flying your Corsair without the gear doors?

George
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I found that they were listed as 5" HVAR (High Velocity Airlaunch Rockets). The 1st units were 3 1/2" dia rockets with 5" warheads that kinda looked like match heads. The production units were 5" dia. I used 1" dia. rocket tubes and nose cones to make mine!

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