1/48 "What If..." P-65 from AMT Tigercat

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  1. hawkeye2an

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    My local club's contest this month is "What If...".

    “What If” McDonnell P-65B
    model by Andy Prawitz


    At the same time that the McDonnell XP-67 ‘Moonbat’ was being rejected, Grumman gave up trying to build an F-7F ‘Tigercat’ version for the Army and in an unusual twist turned over their XP-65 program to the upstart company. The XP-65A first flew on 14 February 1942 powered by 2 Allison engines. A production batch of 40 were used primarily as multi-engined, high-performance trainers. The number 3 airframe was used for a wide range of engine tests.

    The decision to mate two license built “slim-line” Rolls-Royce Merlins that were versions of the Merlin with engine ancillaries repositioned to achieve a minimum frontal area and less drag. It had propellers that rotated in opposite directions. To achieve this, the engines used slightly different gearboxes, hence the double Merlin marks of 270/271. This feature effectively cancelled out the variable and cumulative torque effect of two propellers turning. With this robust yet streamlined airframe, the result was one of the most versatile aircraft of WWII. The bubble-canopied, tail wheeled P-65B first flew 15 June 1942 and an initial production order for 400 was placed. With a top speed of 463 mph this was the premier long-range fighter with additional production bringing the total to 6,969. The P-65C fighter-bomber became an outstanding ground attack platform and the D version incorporated a stretched fuselage to seat the second pilot/radar man in the night-fighter roll. The XP-65E a lightweight version was a failure and only the two test aircraft were built. The turboprop F-65F, an extremely long range version was the first aircraft to shoot down a Mig-15 while flying from bases in Japan during the opening days of the Korean conflict. The F-3/RF-65F photo recon version flew with National Guard units until 1961.

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    Production

    P-65A: 40
    P-65B: 6,969
    P-65C: 4,750
    P-65D: 1,575
    XP-65E (lightweight): 2
    P-65F (turboprop): 1,232 – 900 production and 332 conversions from D models
    F-3/RF-65F (Photo recon) 232
     

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    Cool idea! Should be an interesting build.
     
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    Major surgery on the wing.
     

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    I agree, very cool!
     
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    Nice project! Look forward to it developing.
     
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    What do you think it should have as armament? I'm thinking 4 - 20mm and 1 - 37mm

    Pic 1 - test fit of new canopy
    Pic 2 - major putty
    Pic 3 - re-shaping the tail
     

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    First coat of paint. I am VERY pleased with how it looks so far.
     

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    Looking good - and quick work too!
     
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    That is looking pretty good from here....I like the 20mm's only.....
     
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    Here's the latest.

    Homemade decals - needed:
    "No Step" can't believe I didn't have any.
    Pilot's name: "Wild" Bill Kelso
    Crew Chief: "Hawkeye" Prawitz
    Plane Name and Pic: "2 Mighty Fine Girls" pilot's girlfriend and pet also reference to 2 engines.

    I'm having a LOT of fun with the "What If...."
     

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    Great stuff! And modelling really is better when it's fun !
     
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    Unlike my P-47 ...


    Good work!!!
     
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    Coming down the final stretch. 5 days 'til contest.

    Pic 1 - gloss coat

    Pic 2 - waiting for dullcoat to dry.
     

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    That's looking top !!
     
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    Looking ace mate!
     
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    Set it up on the gear and NOT pleased with the angle of attack. Adding Brass tube to extend it. That's the beauty of "What If..." I can add whatever I want.
     

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    Chrome wheels, whitewalls, foxtail on the antenna....?
     
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    ...uh, yeah. You understand !!
     
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    Tinted canopy and 'spinners' on the wheels, neon lights underneath.........
     
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    ...fuzzy dice hanging from the....oh wait, I've gotta add a rear-view mirror !!
     
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