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Offline 63cpe

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Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« on: February 02, 2019, 12:07:47 pm »
Now doesn't this look classic and kind off "right". All flying surfaces are just glued on. And soon PSR is starting. Will finish this in classic Braniff colors and markings.

IMG_20190202_202109529 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr

IMG_20190202_202129824 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr

Think I'll keep it as it originally was: a taildragger.

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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2019, 12:17:29 pm »
That's a real brain-melter!  Looks like a fat Comet before the brain says 'hang on a mo...'

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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2019, 12:18:52 pm »
Wicked!
Scale and components, please? Did you use the Williams kit? I hope not the ancient vacuform from Sutcliffe/Contrails!
And the Comet?
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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2019, 12:36:41 pm »
Thanks! the fuselage is the Williams bros...assembled ages ago but had some melt spots (aggressive glue?).  Comet wings are from an 1/100-ish 4c kit by VEB plasticart. This kit was part of an estate I bought some years ago. It was partly assembled and not fit for resale, so decided to keep it.

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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2019, 12:40:03 pm »
That looks like it's going to be a a winner!  As you say, it looks so....RIGHT!

I'd round off the windows though.
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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2019, 01:31:30 pm »
I like the idea of the classic Braniff colours, would that be the red and blue stripes of various widths along the fuselage?
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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2019, 02:01:19 pm »
Nice one ! Looks right at home in those wings. Buffalo Joe !
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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2019, 03:53:22 pm »
Those wings go good on the C-46 fuselage.
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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2019, 05:36:43 pm »
That is gorgeous...  :wub:

I always thought those wings belonged on a DeHavilland Albatross, but those kits are about as common as... Well as a DeHavilland Albatross  :banghead:

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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2019, 02:50:13 am »
Looks good Dave.

What's the fit like on the Commando kit?
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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2019, 03:16:51 am »
Thanks gentlemen!

@Zenrat: fit is so-so. The chord on the c-46 is quite big. Bigger than the chord of the Comet's wings. I mated the top of the Comet's wings to the top of the C-46 wing roots. Because of this gap in chord I had to move the wings more forward about 1cm. This was no problem anyway as it's going to be an taildragger anyway...

More to the rear were the trailing edge meets the fuselage meets, the gap changes from 0 to about 6mm over a length of about 5cm.

Another thing is the thick trailing edges of the wings. They are about 5 mm at the flaps and ailerons! I'm thinning them down with Dremel and sanding disk.

The rear planes come from an Academy B-17 D (I think). Fit is also poor..lots of putty needed! I've V-ed them a little for good measure..

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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2019, 03:21:16 am »
Thanks Dave.  I was asking because i've always liked the look of the Commando and would like to build one.  I prolly should have been clearer.

But it does look "right" I must admit.
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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2019, 03:41:53 am »
Ah, the fit of the c-46? Yeah, that's in par with Airfix, Revell of the same age. So, filler will be needed. But beware with too agressive toluene stuff as parts are moulded thinner than the Revell, Airfix stuff..

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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2019, 03:59:33 am »
Uh, that's sexy!  :wub:

Great idea - and it looks very good so far.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Curtiss C-46 Jet Commando
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2019, 04:43:23 am »
Wow, that does look right.  :thumbsup: