Administrators Clunkmeister Posted May 21, 2021 Administrators Share Posted May 21, 2021 This has been on and off for a bunch of years now, not saying I’ll even finish it this go round, but we’ll see. A squirrel for a few days, I think. Of course, it’s the dreaded Special Hobby Brewster, and it hasn’t been a horrible build so far. I spent a lot of time on the cockpit, adding wiring, braces, cables and such, along with a multitude of Barracuda placards, and… they’re all invisible after the fuselage gets closed up. The fit on this thing is actually pretty decent, and as far as short run resin and styrene hybrid kits go, is pretty darn good. The engine was built a few years back and I had just slapped it together OOB. Since, I have installed one set of plug leads and will add the rear plug leads over the tops of the cylinders. One thing that stands out to me and now drives me nuts (I never noticed before, just slapped it together, is the inside if the cowl is absolutely devoid of engine baffling and the carb intake and oil cooler ducts are not provided at all in the kit. Just open air behind the cowl ring and the openings. The oil cooler and airbox are provided in resin on the rear of the engine and are visible through the wheel wells. No wonder the US Navy and USMC said they ran hot. So I have three options: 1. Ignore it. 2. Try to insert some shaped card stock to approximate a couple ducts, or. 3. Break the engine out and do it right, if I can avoid the dreaded crunch and tear gremlins. I think option 2 makes most sense . I also cut apart the elevators and stabilizer to hopefully give this old girl some proof of life by loosening up her stiff ways I’m playing with doing such to the rudder as well, but maybe not. Sorry about the dust. This build is old 10 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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