Family, Friends, Food, Florida and Flying but not necessarily in that order…..
Today I had the pleasure of meeting with Jaime Carreon and Joe Caputo (fellow Imodelers) for the very first time in person.
The misses and I headed to New Smyrna today with Jaime and Joe… The first stop was a great visit at American Aero Services. First up is the B-25… This one would be a good one to consider for the “Nose Art” Group Build that Jaime started.
Today marks a rather special day for the Grumman Avenger, at least for me anyhow. We laid to rest our 41st President today, President George H.W. Bush, who was an Avenger pilot during WW2 in the Pacific. Secondly, today marks the 74th Anniversary on the disappearance of “Flight 19” that vanished without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle on December 5th, 1945. David LS mentioned this in his “On this Day” posting earlier.
They had two Avengers present at the restoration facility today.
There were Mustangs here too ! This one might look just a little familiar to Jim Harley… She’s getting refurbished.
As was this one…
There was a Grumman F6F-3N Hellcat…
The wings have been added and the fuselage has been painted since the last time I saw her… and it’s looking great !
No Joe you can NOT climb up on this one !
Both Jaime and Joe agreed that the proper shade of Grumman Gray was used during the re construction of this 1 to 1 scale new tool kit by Grumman… They even captured the look of the flush rivets and the surface texture is spot on. Of particular note, how the panels overlap are correctly done on the fuselage as well. Just kidding with the cheesy comments… This one is a thing of beauty ! (as are the rest.) It’s also probably the only one left in the world since it’s a night fighter.
It was a cool crisp day for Florida… notice the jackets which we as “Floridians” automatically use them when the temperature outside drops below 70 degrees F. We had clear sunny skies, but there was some Lightning present…
In the form of a P-38 ! Yes Sir !
Notice the use of flush rivets and machine screws that held the tail section onto the booms. Looks like the old Monogram P-38 was not too bad after all…
We also had a nice view of the Falcon 10 as it launched from the Cape… We heard the rumble and walked outside just in time to catch the booster rockets returning to earth… The exhaust contrail was pretty cool looking too.
Here’s the B-17 “Nine -O- Nine”… note the lack of metal frame work on the nose glass.
The B-24 “Witchcraft was present too…
Yes the vertical fin and rudders are literally bigger that the proverbial “Barn Door”…
Here’s a few detail pictures for those of you building up one. I present to you the B-24 main landing gear. This is the Port side.
and the tail turret. Notice the frame work on the plexi glass sections. Metal is present along the edges, but none is there on the top portion where the clear parts join are bolted together. No metal frame work is present in this location.
The nose turret on the B-24 is similar.
Yet the top turret on the B-17 is a totally different animal. It uses metal frame work on the places where the plexi-glass is joined.
The engine panels on the B-24 were opened up so we got a great look at the inner workings.
Now on to Jaime’s “Baby”.
This C-47 is named “Placid Lassie”.
This plane actually dropped paratroopers over Normandy on the very early morning on D-Day. This is a true piece of history and has a documented WW2 combat history.
Imagine what happened through these actual doors on that early morning over 74 years ago…where these young men leaped into darkness, awaiting their fate as the “Green Light” lit up…
Stand up ! Hook UP ! 1 Ready… 2 Ready … 3 ready… and so on down the stick.
“go! Go! Go!
Remember the Monogram 1/48 kit ? and how it had those raised panel lines and rivets ?
So does the real one…
Here’s a close up of the tail section. You don’t realize just how big these planes are until you get up close…
After all of this adventure, a person gets hungry. So we capped the day off with some pizza and a Greek salad.
A good time was had by all of us, the wife included. What a great day !
Thanks fellows, it was a pleasure meeting you in person.
Please feel free to add any pictures if you want to gentlemen. We had a blast today.