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Jug-gernaut P47D in NMF

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Really looking good, Rob.  Love the cockpit work!

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2 hours ago, Mikester said:

Really looking good, Rob.  Love the cockpit work!

Thanks Mike, a good kit with some good AM added makes live easy :D.

Cheers Rob

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Rob

Terrific progress on the jug - looking so good.

I've seen many a Jug, especially at the American Air Power Museum (at the Old Republic Plant) before she was damaged and Jugs always look like a Brooklyn born Guy, crusin to give a bruisin.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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13 hours ago, Peterpools said:

Terrific progress on the jug - looking so good.

Thanks Peter, and you are absolutely right, the Jug looks powerful, even brutish, without loosing the last bit of elegance.

Cheers Rob

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Two out of eighteen :D. That is my first attempt of wiring a n engine with lead wire. Decided against the flat PE and it seems to work. I drilled out the holes for the spark plugs with a 0,4 mm drill and inserted pre cutted pieces of PlusModel lead wire with 0,3 mm diameter. The wires will be fine-tuned with tweezers when all are applied.

Cheers Rob

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Phew, done for the day. Even with a magnifier optic it's quite a task to wire that engine. In all the wiring takes maybe two hours and it actually works, but afterwards you should give your eyes some rest.

I used CA glue to attach the pre cut wires to the ignition ring, added some CA with the tip of a toothpick, just to be sure and pulled on every wire to stretch and to test the bond. With pulling the wires a little to the frontend, it was possible to pre paint them. I hope the Colours will stay in place while attaching the loose ends to the spark plug holes.

 

Cheers Rob

Bad hair day for the engine without paint

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With blackened wires hull red connectors and chrome silver attachment points

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Almost there with the engine. I added a dot of buff color to resemble  the spark plugs and will do ones more to alter the diameter of the wire where the plug is. After some touch ups I call the engine done, shame that I have no P&W logo left.

Cheers Rob

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Thanks Gentlemen, until now this is a real pleasure build and a good time to test some new (at least to me) stuff like wiring a radial engine.

Cheers Rob

 

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2 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Stunning Rob, I’m going to have a go at my Corsair radial before closing her up.......

Thanks Phil, can't wait to see your P&W 2800. Wiring is easier than thought. Should have known by the time I built my Birdcage Corsair with a Brassin engine and the  enclosed (soso) PE-wiring.

Cheers Rob

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Rob

Looking mighty good and surely doing the ignition wires is one tough job. I like to use good old copper wire - no particular reason why other then it's how I always do it.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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Thanks Peter, I thought wiring is tougher than it really is and is taking no more than three or four (intense :icon_eek:) hours. The most difficult part is the drilling of the ignition ring, because the part is thin and holds the steering tubes for the valves as obstacles.
Copper or lead, I think booth are good, but for different reasons. Lead is easier to bend, where copper has a better stability once glued.

Cheers Rob

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Feliz Año Nuevo Señhoras e Senhores,

due to summeresque conditions outside, my pace has slowed a little, but some progress on this very pleasurable build is made. Most of the sub assemblies are done and painted. I cut and grinded the places for the navigational lights, to fit in the transparencies. These were drilled and the holes where filled wit transparent red and blue-green.
After touching up the engine it was installed in the lower cowling part and the other three cowlings where glued and sanded on the front lip. All the cowling part, the cooler and cooler ring plus the engine where glued in situ, to be able to align everything properly. So far no problems, fit is very good.
Same goes for the wing Attachement, nearly no gap here. before gluing together I sanded the leading edges of the wings and fuselage connections with lots of patience, because I think good preparation is the best way for a good NMF.

One question for the experts: What is the purpose of the leading edge hole close to the fuselage on the right wing? I found no clear part and photos I took from the original don't show glass either, so it seems to be a vent opening. The smaller square hole beside that one has to be a gun cam, am  I right here?

Cheers Rob

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The navigational lights look much better in reality, the Colour dots are just refractions, which will reduce with a silver background

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Got her primed yesterday and can't wait to bring on the first layer of polished Aluminium, but have to wait, because there is Kalima outside (again) :poo:.

This is a hot storm from the Sahara area with lots of dust in it, so not a good day for starting a NMF job.

For preparation, I took a lot of time to finely hone all the imperfections of the surfaces and after a rub with alcohol to get rid of dust and fingerprints used Tamiya's rattle can fine primer for a durable surface. I plan to use different shades of Aluminium for painting and has to mask some panels, which is not the best thing to do with metal Colours. I will use detacked masks to keep everything in place, fingers crossed.

Cheers Rob

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Rob

Super progress and looking real good. Te Big P&W looks great all wired up and inside the cowling. Seeing your Jug in primer - brings the painting and markings stages ever so close

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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Thank you Peter, my fingers are itching, but there is still to much dust in the air to start, I think I will precut some masks today for the colored panels of Dottie Mae.

Cheers Rob

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On 12/27/2018 at 3:36 PM, DocRob said:

Almost there with the engine. I added a dot of buff color to resemble  the spark plugs and will do ones more to alter the diameter of the wire where the plug is. After some touch ups I call the engine done, shame that I have no P&W logo left.

Cheers Rob

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Hey Rob

 Great build nice P&W R-2800. Just abit of advice, the magneto on the top of the gear case between the two distributors should be a semi gloss black. This is from the P&W R-2800 book. Look at my build P-47D "checkertail".

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Phenomenal build, Rob, just phenomenal!  

I just love the 2800, but yours is a whole lot cleaner than any I remember living with. But this Jug is almost new, so it looks picture perfect to me in every way.

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17 hours ago, CrankyCrafstman said:

Hey Rob

 Great build nice P&W R-2800. Just abit of advice, the magneto on the top of the gear case between the two distributors should be a semi gloss black. This is from the P&W R-2800 book. Look at my build P-47D "checkertail".

You are absolutely right about the magneto. Trusted the Colour callout in the manual and didn't even check my own photos, dear me :wacko:. I will try to correct that after painting the fuselage and get rid of the masking.

15 hours ago, Clunkmeister said:

Phenomenal build, Rob, just phenomenal!  

I just love the 2800, but yours is a whole lot cleaner than any I remember living with. But this Jug is almost new, so it looks picture perfect to me in every way.

Thanks Ernie, to hear that from you makes me proud. After starting the build I decided to choose the Dottie Mae design instead of another one and give the whole bird a newish look, like the original lady from the lake after restauration. Because of that late decision, I even have to repaint the wheel coverings, which I weathered to much.

Cheers Rob

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The Lady in the Lake changed to Lady in Black temporarily. To get the full shininess of polished metal, I honed the primed surface with 12000 grid pads and after a rub with an alcoholized piece of cotton I primed again with Alclad shiny black primer. After redo the honing and the rubbing, I now have the surface I'm looking for to prepare the NMF. After that much alcohol for the lady it's my turn now to get some liquor into my system :wine:

Cheers Rob

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All of those wires added to the engine make it look awesome.   Looking forward to your alclad work!

 

Gaz

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