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March 31 2012 at 10:11 PM

Jim Maas WKBS  (Login jimmaas)
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Response to Can one make a Yellow Wing Devastator from the new Great Wall kit?

The current VT-8 release has, as noted, the twin gun mount. It also has the fuselage doors for the twin gun mount (the hinged openings just aft of the gun position that allow stowage). For most TBD's, and certainly the prewar aircraft, these stowage doors are only the width necessary for a single barrel. Simple solution - measure from the existing hinge line halfway to the fuselage seam on each fuselage half. Scribe a fairly deep line (same length as the existing doors) on each fuselage half. Then eradicate the kit hinge (and the excess panel line at the end of the opening) and lay a length of stretched sprue into the lines you just scribed, to represent the hinges. If you run liquid cement over the sprue before you lay it in, you can make it more hinge-like by carefully tapping the soft sprue with a new #11 blade. See [linked image] from Lynn Ritger's site.

There's one other thing that turns up on some yellow-wing TBD's. The normal forward fixed weapon was a .30 machine gun. This was mounted in the right fuselage side. However, some TBD's (I've seen it mostly with VT-2 and -6) had .50's mounted for some period of time. Apparently BuAer thought better of it and changed things back to a .30, but when the .50 was carried, there was a bigger fairing necessary. Instead of the small teardrop shaped bump just about the right side intake, there was a larger kidney shape - see [linked image]
which could be cobbled out of putty or a shape made and vacuformed. This isn't standard most of the time, but if you're doing a particular aircraft, keep an eye out for it.

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