|Oct 12, 2010, 11:36 PM|
P-47 Jug: The Tail Wheel & Bay Doors
I have to admit this mod took me some time to complete, as I debated back and forth how I was going to do it?
Because I am using the FMS/PZ E-Tracts for the mains, I wanted to use the same unit for the tail wheel. What I opted for was the HK/PZ E-Tract with the smaller base plate because first, I was going to be making my own mounts, & second, it's much easier to turn a 4mm round leg then shape a 5mm square leg.
Because of the room this assembly needs for clearance I decided to go against scale and have the tail wheel retract forward. Once I started cutting foam, everything I was trying to accomplish became much easier.
One thing I thought I would have to sacrifice was the forward vert. stab. mount? For now I was wanting to keep the option of removing the vert. stab./elevator assembly in case the need arose. I was able to come up with an idea to achieve this by simple cutting the forward mount off and devising a my own with a 3mm T-nut and a brace glued to an upper ridge.
Of course I was going to make some bay doors! I used the same technique for these as I did on the Mustang.
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