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Cessna T-50 “Bobcat” Landing Gear Retraction Test

December 1, 2018 · in Diorama · · 7 · 2.5K

Something is not right with the 's landing gear and a couple of mechanics have put it up on jack-stands for a gear retraction test to determine the problem, probably something to do with the jack-screws being out of alignment. I actually did work on a restoration and participated in several gear retractions of this type.

Of course this is Sky King's T-bird. Many are unaware that after the war, Sky King began as an aerial surveyor in the Caribbean. He made so much with this business that he bought some really cheap property in Arizona, not knowing it was just downwind from the Army's nuclear test range. The rest is television history.

This will be moved into the hanger after I repair one of the jack-stands.

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  1. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    In my view … a very different approach to a diorama. Very interesting concept.
    Nice clean work … your fun and good time in this project can be seen, thanks for sharing this.

  2. Love your sense of humor. "Just downwind of the Army's nuclear test range" explains a lot about what you find among the hairless bipeds in that part of the country.

  3. Great model, great overall presentation on this little diorama. How creative! What model and scale is this?

  4. Sky king ,what a blast from the past! Your builds always tell a story.

  5. The stories are the reason for the builds. I have a short story, written many years ago, about a flight in the twin Beech. That will be the topic of my next project now awaiting final finish. After that comes the Antilles Airboats Grumman Goose.

    I find these vignettes interesting from a time perspective. It seems the details and corrections are never ending as the project stretches on and on. Then suddenly, one finds everything is complete. Having so much invested, the mind balks at the idea, returning for a while to see if there is one more detail to address.

    As new projects come up, old ones fade into the distance, gradually disappearing from the mind's focus, much like the events that fostered them.

  6. Another very fine diorama. Great job, and very creative idea. That kit was my most recent purchase. It looks like it can be built up real nice.

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