Hellcat wing fold closeups for modelers and artists

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  1. evangilder

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    I was out at the Camarillo Airport yesterday to shoot some shots for the museum. We unfolded and folded the wings on the Hellcat for some photos, so I thought I would grab some closeups for you guys.
     

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    Thats a very usefull set of pics !.

    Great detail and clarity as allways, thanks for posting.
     
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    Excellent pics mate!
     
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    Cheers guys. I even got to help fold them back up. I had watched it many times, but never helped before. You need at least 3 people to fold the wings on the Hellcat, in case you are doing any diorama work, one in the cockpit to hit the switches and pumps, one on the wings to swing them up or down and one near the fold to lock the wing in place.
     
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    So, they only fold themself while the engine is running then, or?
     
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    No, wing folding on a Hellcat is a manual operation, regardless of whether the engine is on or not.
     
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    Anyway these pics are very, very helpful.THX Eric.:thumbleft:
     
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    So, did this only change with the Corsair then?
     
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    The Corsairs were auto-folding, and I think the Helldiver's were as well, though I cannot be certain.

    Great pics!
     
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    Really nice pics Eric! I'm sure someone will find them useful.
     
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    I don't know what the differences in thinking were between Grumman and Vought, but I think Grumman wanted as simple and light a design as possible. The F8F wingtip folds were also manual.
     
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    Great stuff Erich, will definatly help out.....
     
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    Very usefull pictures for modeler. THankĀ“s very much:D
     
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    Great shots Eric - a question.

    Just wondering what this line is and why they routed it around that hole. I would of tried to make a gentle arc and clamp the upper line to the inside of the wing. Maybe one of the A&P folks there could shed some light on that?
     

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    Great shots Eric, and VERY useful. I guess, keeping it a manual fold, meant less to go wrong.
     
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    I am not sure on that one, Joe. I will ask the guys next time I'm out there.
     
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    That appears to be part of the wing locking mechanism to me. If you'll look at corresponding part of the folded wing in the original photo, (Just to the upper right of the end of the copyright notation.) you'll see the associated mating boss that the clamping mechanism locks onto. The reason I'm guessing that the lines are routed that way is to prevent anything that might happen to come through that hole from damaging the hydraulic lines.

    Oh, and wonderful shots by the way!
     

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    Understand that was part of the locking assy, but was wondering what would come through that hole? It would seem that the top line should be better supported but without being there its hard to really tell.
     
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    What a pics! Thanks Eric.
    Maybe I overlooked something but how did the locking mechanism work or look like...?
    Any pic from the spare parts catalog available?
     
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    could be a line to fire the guns or the bomb rack
     
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