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#1 Ralph_S

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 07:59 PM

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This is the fourth and (probably final) aircraft design for Ed Diment's project Intrepid. In early 1945 USS Intrepid already operated F4U Corsairs, but also still a handful of older Grumman F6F Hellcats.  
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The F6F Hellcat was a larger and improved development of the <a href="http://www.flickr.co...ildcat">Grumman Wildcat</a>, the US Navy's main fighter at the start of WW-2. The F6F was faster, more manoeuvrable and had a longer range. No other aircraft in US service shot down more Japanese aircraft than the Hellcat.  
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This model was more-or-less complete yesterday a few days ago. I pride myself on thinking out the difficult bits before I start building, but this model had problems: when folded the wings sat too far from the fuselage, the landing gear struts were too long, there were awkward gaps where the wings met the fuselage, the wings were swept back a bit too far and worst of all, the undercarriage had a tendency to collapse. I am enough of a perfectionist for this to bug me, so I rebuilt the complete centre section of the wing. It took me about four hours, but I solved all the issues in one go and am finally happy with it.  
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It is not immediately obvious from most of the other photographs, but both wings on my model are swept back slightly to ensure that both the leading and trailing edges sit at the proper angle.
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So, I've got four designs. The next step will be to build more models of each design. Ed and I already have six Avengers. We will probably build a similar number of Hellcats, about 9 Helldivers and an even larger number of Corsairs. I am about to start a new job and will be away from my LEGO collection for a while. What I will be doing, however, is making instructions for the Corsair.  

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 09:34 PM

Very nice model, Ralph. I've been keeping track of your Intrepid aircraft models and I think this is my favourite. It's very hard to capture the curves of these aircraft at such a small scale but this one is spot on. Looks like Ed's Intrepid is coming on fantastically too, can't wait to see it all come together.

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 12:20 AM

Another sweet plane!!  Great job, as always!  Can't wait to see the instructions on the corsair, and the finished project.  

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#4 Ralph_S

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 12:01 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. Ed is making good progress. We hope to have this finished by October (so that we can take it to the great Western LEGO show in Swindon). It'll be hard work to get everything done by then!

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 02:34 PM

Another AWESOME MOC 'Ralph_S' - can't wait to see the end result !
Keep on bricking ! :sweet:

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 05:30 PM

Any chance that it will be on display on LegoWorld?
I would love to see the whole MOC.

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 05:51 PM

View Postlightningtiger, on May 29 2010, 02:34 PM, said:

Another AWESOME MOC 'Ralph_S' - can't wait to see the end result !
Keep on bricking ! :sweet:
Thank you. If HMS Hood was anything to go by, you can count on Intrepid being absolutely stunning.

View PostVincent Kessels, on May 30 2010, 05:30 PM, said:

Any chance that it will be on display on LegoWorld?
I would love to see the whole MOC.

Since Ed lives in the the UK, that is not very likely. We have talked about taking it to Cologne in November, but it all depends on whether it'll be done in time and whether Ed and I can get the time off work. For me it'll be easier to get to, obviously, but for him it would mean renting a van and driving it to Germany.

We'll see.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 03:09 AM

On the webpage http://militarylego....ons-part-2.html , Ralph_S has made downloadable Building Instructions for the Grumman F6F Hellcat:

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The Hellcat is the third WWII aircraft for which he has made Building Instructions: http://militarylego....structions.html

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Great work, Ralph!   :thumbup:  :thumbup:

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 04:05 AM

Well done, a truly beautiful bird! :thumbup:
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:02 PM

View PostDLuders, on 13 August 2010 - 03:09 AM, said:

On the webpage http://militarylego....ons-part-2.html , Ralph_S has made downloadable Building Instructions for the Grumman F6F Hellcat:


The Hellcat is the third WWII aircraft for which he has made Building Instructions: http://militarylego....structions.html

Great work, Ralph!   :thumbup:  :thumbup:
Thank you. I posted the first two on Eurobricks a few weeks ago and was going to post the third as well. You beat me to it :thumbup:

View PostFires-storm, on 13 August 2010 - 04:05 AM, said:

Well done, a truly beautiful bird! :thumbup:
Thanks. It probably seems like a fairly straightforward aircraft model at a first glance, but out of the aircraft I built for this project it probably was the most difficult. The first version of it had a lot of problems. It took a rebuild of much of the central wing section to sort it out. I think the instructions show that there's some pretty funky stuff going on there  :wacko:

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:11 AM

View PostRalph_S, on 13 August 2010 - 12:02 PM, said:

I think the instructions show that there's some pretty funky stuff going on there  :wacko:
no kidding...

do the front wheels spin?
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 07:45 AM

View Postearthnite, on 17 August 2010 - 12:11 AM, said:

no kidding...

do the front wheels spin?
I'm afraid not. They did on an earlier version of this model, but it made the undercarriage very clunky and I considered looks as more important than playability.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 07:18 PM

WOW!!! *oh2*

This is extremely well done! You are a very very talented builder! Top notch! And I am looking forward to seeing these beautiful aircraft on that carrier once it is finished! And you are displaying a F6F Hellcat right? Because the title says Wildcat and it sort of confused me. I would love to see a F4F Wildcat from you though! That and the P40 Warhawk are my favorite Second World War fighter planes. Anywho nice job again and thanks for the instructions! :wink:

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 07:50 PM

View PostPaladin Hicks, on 23 August 2010 - 07:18 PM, said:

WOW!!! *oh2*

This is extremely well done! You are a very very talented builder! Top notch! And I am looking forward to seeing these beautiful aircraft on that carrier once it is finished! And you are displaying a F6F Hellcat right? Because the title says Wildcat and it sort of confused me. I would love to see a F4F Wildcat from you though! That and the P40 Warhawk are my favorite Second World War fighter planes. Anywho nice job again and thanks for the instructions! :wink:

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Indeed. You are right. I apparently messed up the title. :blush:  

It is definitely an F6F Hellcat.
I do have a Wildcat
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It was the first minifig scale WW-II fighter I've ever built (as far as I can remember) and in a sense was a precursor to the planes for the carrier.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:01 AM

View PostRalph_S, on 23 August 2010 - 07:50 PM, said:

Indeed. You are right. I apparently messed up the title. :blush:  

It is definitely an F6F Hellcat.
I do have a Wildcat
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Grumman (General Motors) FM-1 Wildcat (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr
It was the first minifig scale WW-II fighter I've ever built (as far as I can remember) and in a sense was a precursor to the planes for the carrier.

Cheers,
Ralph

Glad to help! :wink:

And that Wildcat is magnificent! Its almost identical to the real thing! Well besides being made out of Legos. I also looked at some of your other Mocs and I'm quite impressed. Nice job!

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