Author Topic: Lockheed Carrier Landing Trainer, a T-33 with a difference -- a Twin Tail.  (Read 788 times)

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I do like that Robert  :thumbsup:
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Very nicely done.  Good work.
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Are you sure there isn't something different from the RW aircraft?  Just needs to be one little thing so we can call it a whiff and make it eligible for this GB.

Well, yes there is, although I didn't realize that it had to be a whiff. So what I've read is that the aircraft had a arrestor hook installed. Supposedly, a wire cable one (more like a hawser I would have thought) but the photos are inconclusive as to what it looks like, so I found a very basic single shaft hook in the spares box and then made up an attachment point for it. Plus of course, the width of the tail plane is possibly too wide, I just made it the same width as a P-38's as there's no 3-View of it.
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Looks great - good build!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I don't get, though, why if it's a prototype for the USN it has USAF markings on it ... It seems very unlikely to me that the Air Force would willingly do anything for the Navy ...

That's a good question, and I can't answer it. I had the same thoughts. Probably 51-4263 was just handy at the time, the Navy had already got their order of TV-1's so none of those were on the production line. Probably explains why there's no records to be found in the Lockheed and Navy Archives. It didn't even get a special designation number ---- If it wasn't for the fact that Joe Baugher lists it and describes it in his USAF Serial Numbers page, I'd have thought the photos were very cleverly photoshopped
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Very nicely done.  Good work.
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Are you sure there isn't something different from the RW aircraft?  Just needs to be one little thing so we can call it a whiff and make it eligible for this GB.

Well, yes there is, although I didn't realize that it had to be a whiff. So what I've read is that the aircraft had a arrestor hook installed. Supposedly, a wire cable one (more like a hawser I would have thought) but the photos are inconclusive as to what it looks like, so I found a very basic single shaft hook in the spares box and then made up an attachment point for it. Plus of course, the width of the tail plane is possibly too wide, I just made it the same width as a P-38's as there's no 3-View of it.

To be entered in a GB the item (model, artwork, story, recipe, etc) has to be a what if.  No problem with you posting this in the GB section of the forum even if it was RW (although it could possibly be labelled "inspiration") as it will serve to give the rest of us ideas on ways to modify other things, however to be entered in the poll at the end is must be whiffed.

Which it is given you have fitted a "normal" hook.
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Moved as per request
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And my first thoughts when seeing the photos was -- they used P-38 tail surfaces. And I had this un-named kit of a P-38 which I've decided was going to be used as a donor kit for something else in mind, so the fins were quickly removed before I changed my mind ---
Of course, I would have prefered that your T-33 keeps the booms of the P-38 :-\ ;D, but the T-33 with twin-fin of yours is nice anyway, congratulations! :thumbsup:
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And my first thoughts when seeing the photos was -- they used P-38 tail surfaces. And I had this un-named kit of a P-38 which I've decided was going to be used as a donor kit for something else in mind, so the fins were quickly removed before I changed my mind ---

Of course, I would have prefered that your T-33 keeps the booms of the P-38 :-\ ;D, but the T-33 with twin-fin of yours is nice anyway, congratulations! :thumbsup:


Just imagine virtual booms there Tophe.  ;D
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Very nice work indeed! :thumbsup:
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And my first thoughts when seeing the photos was -- they used P-38 tail surfaces. And I had this un-named kit of a P-38 which I've decided was going to be used as a donor kit for something else in mind, so the fins were quickly removed before I changed my mind ---
Of course, I would have prefered that your T-33 keeps the booms of the P-38 :-\ ;D, but the T-33 with twin-fin of yours is nice anyway, congratulations! :thumbsup:
Just imagine virtual booms there Tophe.  ;D
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That's terrific.  Discovering its existence then building such a good replica.  Impressive!

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