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Old Nov 08, 2012, 07:28 AM
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[QUOTE=pugsam;23214822]My theory is that it's caused by the the differential in thermal contraction/expansion of the foam vs. the control rods.

In effect, the control setup is like a bimetallic thermometer.

That also could explain my back pain in the winter.
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 09:51 AM
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Visited a friend last week and saw his Wildcat. Told me it is a nice flyer and he no longer flys it. I think he could sell iceboxes in the Antiaritc cause I now own the Wildcat. He was correct, it is a nice flyer but hard to see with my old eyes so I repainted it. Hope I can see it better now.
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 10:09 AM
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.....I repainted it. Hope I can see it better now.
Those colors are great!

It'd be cool with a 3-bladed prop, also.

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Old Nov 08, 2012, 10:48 AM
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You know that's a Hellcat?
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 11:04 AM
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You know that's a Hellcat?


Nice catch!

Bonus points for info on this Wildcat......
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 11:31 AM
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I'm sure that whole low-wing thing kinda gave it away....

Not to mention the cowl, landing gear, etc

The pic of the REAL 'cat looks like a Royal Navy Martlet; I dunno the significance though...is it returning after scoring the last Wildcat/Martlet victory in 1945
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 11:48 AM
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Here's the caption below the photo:

A Royal Navy Wildcat V (with four guns, and in this case with the Cyclone engine cowled as in the later FM-2) pictured aboard a Fleet carrier of the Royal Navy.

From this site: http://ww2total.com/WW2/Weapons/War-...4F-Wildcat.htm

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Old Nov 08, 2012, 01:02 PM
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So what do I get for being right ?

From Wikipedia:
Even before the Wildcat had been purchased by U.S. Navy, both the French Navy and the British Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm (FAA) had ordered the Wildcat, with their own configurations..

The F4F Wildcat (known in British service as the "Martlet") was taken on by the British Fleet Air Arm (FAA) as part of an interim replacement for the Fairey Fulmar. The Fulmar was a two-seat fighter with good range but at a performance disadvantage against single-seater fighters; navalised Supermarine Spitfires were not available because of the greater need of the Royal Air Force. In the European theater, the Wildcat scored its first combat victory on Christmas Day 1940, when a land-based Martlet destroyed a Junkers Ju 88 bomber over the Scapa Flow naval base. This was the first combat victory by a US-built fighter in British service in World War II. The type also pioneered combat operations from the smaller escort carriers.

Six Martlets went to sea aboard the converted former German merchant vessel HMS Audacity in September 1941 and shot down several Luftwaffe Fw 200 Condor bombers during highly effective convoy escort operations. These were the first of many Wildcats to engage in aerial combat at sea.

The British received 300 Eastern Aircraft FM-1s as the Martlet V in 1942/43 and 340 FM-2s as the Wildcat VI. In total, nearly 1,200 Wildcats would serve with the FAA. By January 1944, the Martlet name was dropped and the type was identified as "Wildcat."

In March 1945, Wildcats shot down four Messerschmitt Bf 109s over Norway, the FAA's last victory with a Wildcat.


Even more fascinating are the desert 'cats used in North Africa...truly a fighter that was successful in may different theaters...

Gotta buy a Freewing SBD for my Wildcat to escort....
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 01:37 PM
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So what do I get for being right ?:......
Here ya go!
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 09:27 PM
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Horizon is killing me

I have already wallpapered my basement walls with aircraft and now they knock $100 off the Hawker Hurricane!!! Thanks a lot Horizon... now I have to work on the ceiling
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Old Nov 09, 2012, 01:30 AM
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Well been putting off this for a while but finally got started. Since i moved to california i haven't been flying the old wildcat since it all but disappears in the now irritatingly daily blue skies.
I have stripped off the paint with just some packing tape to pull it up and given it a a light sand with some 220 sandpaper.
Thinking maybe a 400 grit to get a smoother surface on the foam.
Whats a good paint to use that anyone can recommend on here-please bear in mind i don't have access to a spray gun so i am stuck with the cheap alternatives.
Any help would be very much appreciated, can't wait to get her up and flying again-so easy and fun to fly.
thanks again fellas
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Old Nov 09, 2012, 06:02 AM
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Well been putting off this for a while but finally got started. Since i moved to california i haven't been flying the old wildcat since it all but disappears in the now irritatingly daily blue skies.
I have stripped off the paint with just some packing tape to pull it up and given it a a light sand with some 220 sandpaper.
Thinking maybe a 400 grit to get a smoother surface on the foam.
Whats a good paint to use that anyone can recommend on here-please bear in mind i don't have access to a spray gun so i am stuck with the cheap alternatives.
Any help would be very much appreciated, can't wait to get her up and flying again-so easy and fun to fly.
thanks again fellas
I paint my foam planes with acrylic craft paint from Walmart with a brush. My Red Rippers was painted this way except for the cowl where I used a spray can of cheap paint from Walmart.
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Old Nov 09, 2012, 08:51 AM
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I forgot to say the blue strips are heat shrink covering put on with low heat, just enough to make them stick and not melt the foam. Decals are printed on bright white paper and put on with stick glue.
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Old Nov 09, 2012, 09:47 AM
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WOW Degreen60 I never would have thought the decals were printed on paper and glued on , they sure look good , nor would I have thought that you had brush painted the plane ,, your Wilcat looks great .
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Old Nov 09, 2012, 05:51 PM
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WOW Degreen60 I never would have thought the decals were printed on paper and glued on , they sure look good , nor would I have thought that you had brush painted the plane ,, your Wilcat looks great .
All this history, makes me want to go back to the bipe!
Got ta wonder about the N African role. Thanks Chris
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