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Oct 23, 2004, 10:45 PM
Mexia Izonfia
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Molt/Mountain P-38 mods

Well, here's my M&M P-38...

My first mod is to backdate the nacelles to the E through H version. I just like the sleeker look of the early P-38's better. I made new formers for positions 1, 2 & 3 and replaced the forward portion of the lower keels. I also cut new cowl formers.
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Oct 23, 2004, 10:57 PM
Mexia Izonfia
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My next mod was to make the landing gear removable.

For the mains, I added some 1/16" ID brass tubing where the gear plugs, added a strip of brass for the gear anchor, and reinforced the entire area. I silver soldered a small brass tab to the main gear and used a piece of split brass tubing to silver solder the small music wire gear retainer to the gear leg.

I just have to slide the small wire a bit to the side and the gear slides off.
Oct 23, 2004, 11:04 PM
Mexia Izonfia
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The nose gear is made from 1/16" ID & 3/32" ID brass tubing and 1/32" thick brass stock. The catch works similar to the ones on the mains.
Oct 24, 2004, 01:12 AM
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Very clever. I hope it looks as good covered as it does naked.
Oct 24, 2004, 04:21 AM
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The P-38 looks great. Do you have any drawings or sketches of the modified formers, or just some messurements. Because I'm going to make the English evaluation version wich was a D version.
Oct 24, 2004, 04:38 AM
Mexia Izonfia
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Here's the parts layout in AutoCAD 2000 format. If you need a DXF file let me know.
Oct 24, 2004, 06:06 AM
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I need it in DXF because my DWG viewer dosen't want to print for some odd reason.
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Oct 24, 2004, 12:17 PM
Mexia Izonfia
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Here's the DXF file.
Oct 24, 2004, 12:50 PM
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Thanks again
Oct 24, 2004, 02:01 PM
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Oct 24, 2004, 10:52 PM
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Awesome work Joel! I think your modifications to make the landing gear removable is a work of art. It will look much more streamlined than the stock version with your nose of the booms all shaved down. Excellent work, bring on more pics!

Oct 25, 2004, 08:48 AM
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awesome...printed out those wheel pics for my build
Oct 25, 2004, 09:10 AM
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Metro :

Looks wonderful - the undercarriage work is amazing. Keep us up to date with pics as your build progresses. What colour scheme are you going for? Glacier Girl?

Oct 25, 2004, 09:50 AM
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How is the progress on your P-38?

Oct 25, 2004, 02:40 PM
Motor Maniac
Nice work. I like the more streamlined cowls on the early 38's also. My favorite is the XP-38, which is even more streamlined.

The gear work is fabulous. I wish I had the skill to do that type of work.

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