1/72 Boeing XF8B-1 - Carrier Aircraft GB

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  1. hub

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    1/72 Boeing XF8B-1 - Carrier Aircraft GB

    Username: Hub
    First name: Mike
    Category: Intermediate
    Scale: 1/72
    Manufacturer: Valom
    Model Type: Boeing XF8B-1 Long Range Fighter for the US Navy
    Aftermarket addons: OOB


    With 4-5 Weeks left I thought I would like to build this one for the Carrier Group Build.
    Not a great Navy man I have always had a facination for Boeing products and this one has always been a favorite.
    It didn't get the priority due to Boeings commitment to B-17 and B-29 production and only three prototypes were completed before wars end
     

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    Interesting kit. Good lack !
     
  3. Airframes

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    Interesting type, and good to see some different stuff in the GBs. Looking forward to seeing the progress of the build.
     
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    Never seen this plane before, looks interesting.
     
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    Echo Paul but the tail looks very familiar.

    Geo
     
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    very cool :)
     
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    Like a mix of types - maybe called a Thunderseadauntstang ?!!
     
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    In a way it almost looks like a Douglas "Able Dog"
     
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    The tail looks more like a scaled B-29 to me. And 28 cylinders!! :shock: Off to wiki I go!
     
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    Started cleaning up the wings and fuselage.
    Not being a main stream kit it is a bit rough around the edges!
    heavy sprue attachments that need a lot of cleaning up.
    Been doing a bit of sanding to try and get a sharper trailing edge

    I think if Boeing had been given a contract it would have full filled the same roll as the Skyraider.
    another interesting fact Boeing patented the retracting mechanisim used on the P-40 etc but this was the first time they used it themselves.
     

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    A bit anachronistic though...

    I'm looking forward to your build as I have both Valom kits of this bird. Let me know if I can help with info, I have the following:

    1) The Boeing Xf8b-1 Fighter: Last of the Line (Schiffer Military History)
    2) Ginter Naval Fighters 65: Boeing XF8B-1 Five-In-One Fighter

    Good luck, Jim
     
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    Thanks for the offer Jim, but I got both of those books myself.
    The Last of the Line has great photos!
    I would like to get the other Valom kit in an all blue scheme but haven't got around to it yet.

    cheers Mike
     
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    Holy crap! Right? It's like they took every picture in the Boeing archive and published it! "Here is the flap at 10 degrees", "Here is the flap at 11 degrees"...not exactly what's in there, but you know what I'm talking about!
     
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    Not seen one of them before.....interesting choice Mike.
     
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    Yes I know what you mean :shock: and the work they put into the manuals and only made three planes.
    I might be admitting to being a bit of a geek but I love all that stuff :oops:
     
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    Me also...to a degree
     
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    10 degrees or 11?
     
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    Damn me, with all that power up front, no wonder the tail is so huge. An interesting and unusual subject Mike.
     
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    :lol:
     
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    Glued the wings together and started cleaning them up.
    Also checking the fuselage wing fit, a bit of sanding and filling to be done!

    Was comparing it against a mustang in the same scale, must have been huge for a single seat fighter.
     

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