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Old Feb 21, 2007, 05:38 PM
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The P-38 was a formidable weapon in the hands of an experienced and daring pilot. It was big and bulky, but with the aileron boost in the J models it could roll quickly. Having the guns in the nose meant no convergence issues like wing-mounted guns, so the guns were effective at a wider range of distances than other fighters. Any enemy pilot with any sense would get really nervous if a P-38 turned head-on to him. Every plane had its strengths and weaknesses, so there is no one "best" plane, just "favorites".
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 06:06 PM
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LOL, yeah have to compare planes AND pilots. Just look at the two highest scoring aces of WWII. Both flew Lightnings.

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Ur? you mean the Germans flew the lightening? - American aces maybe.
Erich Hartmann with 352 was tops, and Erich Barkhorn was 2nd
The top US ace was Richard Bong with 40 who died in a P80

I didn't check my facts on my original post, so I was way off on the operational years, but still, the point stands that any statistic in isolation is not indicitive of the whole operational situation.

The lightening is a great plane, and enjoy at will! - but nothing is "Best" in all situations and conditions.....
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 06:25 PM
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spinnetti,

Yes, I was refering to American pilots only. Bong was the highest with 40 and died test flying the P-80 as you said. McQuire was second with 38, and died in combat.

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Old Feb 21, 2007, 06:26 PM
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LOL, yeah have to compare planes AND pilots. Just look at the two highest scoring aces of WWII. Both flew Lightnings.

Pat
We rotated our (US) pilots out of harms way before they got killed by statistics.. The P38 was a great plane.. A great pilot is is a great pilot.
Boyington and Bong would have been great in anything that was decent.



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Erich Alfred Hartmann (Luftwaffe)

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352 kills
In a 109....?
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 06:32 PM
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Anyone working on a GWS38?
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 08:01 PM
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yes,i just started last night,i have only glued the booms and wings together etc.any things i need to know?

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Old Feb 21, 2007, 08:43 PM
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yes,i just started last night,i have only glued the booms and wings together etc.any things i need to know?

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DON'T USE BRUSHED MOTORS!

The tail and rear of booms are weak! As you will find out
You may need to reinforce them.

If you don't want to use the (yuk) GWS push pull for the elevator you can hide one HS55 in the boom and it will work fine.

Plenty of info right here on R/G Groups.
Good luck and keep us posted
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 08:48 PM
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German pilots flew till death or end of war...American pilots rotated out after so many kills/sorties........ all sides had great pilots & planes...just my 2 cents worth
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 09:05 PM
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How is your Plane coming along
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 10:44 PM
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Anyone working on a GWS38?
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Yes -- but I've put it on hold while working on other projects...
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 11:41 PM
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overkill

Just goes to prove that American pilots didn't want "overkill" under their belt

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German pilots flew till death or end of war...American pilots rotated out after so many kills/sorties........ all sides had great pilots & planes...just my 2 cents worth
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 08:24 AM
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Dear Friends and Customers,

We are very happy to present this new product to you: GWS-38 RC airplane kit. GWS-38, with the twin tail booms mounting the power systems & a single central forward nacelle accommodating the receiver & battery, is our most complex fighter in GWS War Bird Series. This will be a very unique product in RC market. You may not be able to see the similar product at close price range. Flyers are looking forward to this GWS-38 and we are expecting to see a strong demand of GWS-38.
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 09:51 AM
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The GWS-38..
I bought one. I am looking forward to building it. I intend to build it very light. I want it to be light because light flies best and light crashes best. I plan to remove the lower half of the motor nacelles and fuselage. I want it to look more like the first models of P38. It will involve shrinking new cowls from pop bottles. I don't care if it is a lot of work. I like to do this stuff. When I have made the mold I will be able to make lots of them and give them away. I am waiting for the new 3 blade GWS props to come out.
They are an important part of the shape I will have to create. Until the props come out I will be hanging around here reading this thread. When this thread "bobs and weaves" between Japanese pilot training and Kelly Johnson's motorcycle collection I will stick with it.. In the meanwhile what is the lightest AUW anyone has gotten so far?
thanks me pals... aarrgh!
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 10:42 AM
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hey Jimbo, i dont have mine done yet so i cant give you an AUW. but what i can give you is a few bucks for a couple of those cowls you talking about. i like the looks of the early 38 better too but the ambition to make the early cowls seems to be lacking. if you do get them done let me know. ill take 4.
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 11:23 AM
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...and I'm *really* looking for some lightweight spinners... I lost the Dubro spinner on my GWS P-51 yesterday, and the result was an EXTREME rearward shift in the CG (and an uncontrolable aircraft)!!!

Can't someone melt some 2-liter soft drink bottle plastic on a Dubro Spinner and see if it comes out okay?
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