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Post  rsv1cox Fri May 27, 2022 8:52 am

Perhaps the most exasperating model that I have ever put back together.  

Castor locked engine, broken pieces, way too much stuff built into this thing.  Ejectable pilot with parachute, tail hook, two position elevator control rod (big boy and little boy options), pivoting canopy, and a complicated set of landing gear.  

You get tab A in position and tab B slips out, you get those set and the canopy pivots out of position, you get those aligned and the elevator control rod goes south, then the pilot eject leaf spring goes zing.  Once all of those are set your ready to install the tail section only to find out that the elevator control rod is on the wrong side of the guide.  Take it all apart and start over.  Sad  And..........I can't even talk about installing the rear canopy and the fuel tank!

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The parachute is a rat eaten rag and I can't stuff all of it in there.  The pilot release is on a hair trigger, I expect it to launch him at any time.  

Successfully done and happy about it.  Never again.

Anyone want to know about the Helldiver, this is an excellent film.  Respect those piston engine pilots, complicated start up procedure, parts of which you do every time you start up one of your model engines.  When in the Navy I actually started a F4U Corsair in airman prep school in Oklahoma.  

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Post  GallopingGhostler Sun May 29, 2022 11:42 pm

Bob, another nice cleanup on a venerable WW2 special features relic. Thumbs Up

Regarding the worn out parachute, when I was in high school, I used to buy Estes model rocket parachutes. They have a nice pattern to them, and for such a small pilot, would not need a large parachute. Also, the sheet plastic would pack more compact that the existing cloth one.

https://estesrockets.com/product/002262-6-in-printed-parachute/
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If the centered Estes logo is too imposing, I suppose the center could be cut out along the inside dotted line.

They also have 9 inch diameter.

Another option that wouldn't be as conspicuous as the red is perhaps a lightweight black garbage bag as parachute material.

I bought a yard of camo parasail nylon to use as covering material on a .35 WW2 Combat CL, although lightweight, IMO would be a little heavy to use for such a small parachute.
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Post  rsv1cox Mon May 30, 2022 6:33 am

Thanks George, I found one on ebay for $1.99, but shipping is over twice the price.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/255069810384?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-213727-13078-0&mkcid=2&itemid=255069810384&targetid=4581183927179147&device=c&mktype=&googleloc=&poi=&campaignid=418233787&mkgroupid=1241348861725295&rlsatarget=pla-4581183927179147&abcId=9300542&merchantid=51291&msclkid=d2050c2205391d284f0d6eb6af8bf94b

I was thinking about taking the caveman approach, cut a piece of balsa to size and paint it red.
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Post  GallopingGhostler Mon May 30, 2022 10:37 am

rsv1cox wrote:Thanks George, I found one on ebay for $1.99, but shipping is over twice the price.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/255069810384
If there is a hobby store near you with model rocket supplies, may have chutes in stock. If out, they may be able to order for you with their next supplies purchase, and avoid unreasonable shipping costs. Huh...

rsv1cox wrote:I was thinking about taking the caveman approach, cut a piece of balsa to size and paint it red.  
You could, but doesn't leave the bailout pilot much. Very Happy Kind of reminds me of a movie scene where a jumper pulled his rip cord, out flies a large piece of filler foam, then must resort to reserve chute. Laughing

Oh, and even a caveman would not jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Laughing
(The same that my basic combat training drill instructor told us as to why he never went "airborne". lol! Memorial Day
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