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Old Jan 05, 2006, 01:39 PM
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Ryan Wildcat FM-2 North Atlantic


This is not a build thread. I did a build thread here : https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=302365 I have one more Wildcat to build. This for a local friend.

This version operated from small escort carriers in the N. Atlantic for anti-submarine warfare.

I like the FM-2 version as much as the colorful version that John Morgan painted his in the build thread. I glassed John's version completely. This one has the fuselage and vertical glassed only. The rest is silkspan and lacquer.

Paints are Tamiya flats(airbrushed) with Guillows cocades and homemade numerals from a Lexmark inkjet. Clearcoat is Krylon Acrylic satin. Wt w/SP-400 is 11oz.

I'm starting a thread in the For Sale forum.

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Old Jan 05, 2006, 08:22 PM
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Old Jan 29, 2006, 11:08 PM
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Oh that looks great, Steve. Cool thing about the F4F is that there are SO many color schemes to choose from. I think the N. Atlantic color scheme would be especially good for a TBM.

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Old Jan 29, 2006, 11:20 PM
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Old Jan 30, 2006, 05:58 AM
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Thanx, Jim. I knew John would show his Wing TBF. I'm thinking of refinishing my Wing TBF into the same scheme. But with retracts!

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Old Jan 30, 2006, 08:02 AM
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REEEEALLY nice, John. There's just something about the Turkey.

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Old Jan 30, 2006, 09:29 AM
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And just think, Jim, thats foam covered in balsa!

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Old Aug 30, 2006, 11:28 PM
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fm-2 fin


Greetings,
I'm getting ready to start a Ryan wildcat, and am considering the fm-2 version. does anyone have a fin drawing of the correct size for this bird?
This will be my first high-performance electric build, and i'm pretty excited.

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Old Aug 31, 2006, 03:30 PM
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Pat, I used the TLAR principal when sizing the vertical. If you go to www.aircraftresourcecenter.com click on gallery, propeller, then scroll down to Wildcat. You can then visualize the difference. I trimmed the stock vertical, then added the higher addition, oversized. Sanded till it looked about right.

I have one left to build. I'll do it the same as this one.

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Old Sep 01, 2006, 04:38 AM
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It looks really cool but I bet it's hard to see, especially against the grey skies we have on most flying days in the UK. I have enough trouble orientation on small fast-moving models when they have huge contrasting panels of colour on them!
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Good pic here that would be easy to blow up and trace round for the taller fin/rudder
http://www.kiwiaircraftimages.com/pages/02tga040.html
Old Sep 01, 2006, 01:58 PM
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To me, everything looks black against those type of sky's. My friends Ryan Corsair has the NATC scheme with Day-Glo orange. Cannot see the orange till it it in a close fly-by. And that is the most visable color there is.

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Old Sep 01, 2006, 07:47 PM
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Thanks for the help! i'm a lawyer, and i had to run TLAR by some engineer friends. seems like it's an industry standard!
Old Sep 01, 2006, 08:13 PM
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We are not, by no means, trying to make a Top Gun type of plane. Make yourself happy with the resuts, fly it well and people will be looking to you as a "guru". Exact scale, in this scale size, is futile. Keep it light and enjoy the planes qualities. No one is going to pull out a scale rule and be a critic. If they do.. ask them to show their working example for you to follow, in the same scale size. Then watch them trip over their tail in retreat.. I tell all people, to be proud of their creations. If you are not satified with the outcome, never fear, you will get better. No one was born with the "gift" of being a good model builder. I can attest to this fact personally.

Feel free to post your progress on this thread, Pat. I'll help you any way I can, if needed.

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Well, here's the setup i've chosen: a warp 4 6 turn motor with a jeti 25a bec and a 2100 mah 3s li-poly pack. i think i will glass it, though i've only done that once before, on a Top-flite p-40 ('nother ounce or two didn't matter much!). i have had good luck sticking paint to steel-wooled monokote. do you think that finish would be lighter?


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