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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:24 pm 
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ok im gonna start it here and if needs to be moved or what please do so.
would anyone like me to do a thread of it from start to finsih, im sure its a stupid question but id thought id ask. we just got the martin 250 for our B-25 Pacific Prowler and since im the out of work full time A&P student i was asked to head up the project. if i wasnt trying to get out of there(after taking off 3 jugs and getting one new one back on)or i would have my camera with me now and able to post some pictures of us de-crating the big thing. so youll have to wait till tomorrow for that, but is anyone rerally interested in it?

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Love to see the photos of the start and through the project... this sounds cool.

thanks in advance for sharing... what an opportunity.

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Yes, please. I would love to see it coming together.

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crank the pics up!!

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Jon: I, too, am in favor of your posting pics.

It's not clear in your original post, but will you be restoring the Martin or simply installing what has already been restored? If it is the former, might I suggest a small modification.

The original wooden seat in the 250 is made of a notoriously thin chunk of wood. This probably worked back when your average gunner was around 150 lbs dripping wet, but if you plan to have folks from the 21st century actually use this turret, might I suggest using a thicker slab of wood to avoid warping to the seat over time. Remember that you will have electronic components attached underneath. Also, when the seat warps, sometimes the spring latches (attached to the seat) don't meet up with the holes in the frame like they should.

Much success on your project! :wink:

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no i will be restoring the turret and then taken the bubble off the top of the plane and installing it. since the owner wants to keep the student seats we are taking off the armor plating, ammo boxes, seat and motors. itll be hand cranked but still be able to move around by those means. ok off to the hangar to work.. maybe i can take my laptop and upload pics from there?

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then take the bubble off the top of the plane and installing it.

remember to invite you local AP/IA to participate :idea: :!:

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:D Great, do please provide as much as you can, as well as "detailed" close ups. Thanks for inviting us in on your project.

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yes jack that part will be done by the ap ap/ia guys ... i just get the fun part of getting the turret ready. ok folks just got hom so give me a few and ill be back with some pics.


oh yea i hope this will hold you guys off till after christmas...

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So it begins.....
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and then.......
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ok so this project is on hold for me until after christmas now. we have a few flights in the B-17(i know i hate my job :) ) this week with a few people getting typed in the 17 and a few trying flights(these i should be able to go on :) )and when not launching and recovering that girl i get to mess with this and finish putting it back together so we can take a maintenace flight monday...........

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my work getting inspected by our ap that i was helping...
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a couple more of current work other then turret.....
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some of me actually working....
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and a shameless plug for something you folks might know of if you read the forums and pay attention to detials.....
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if not you cant read whats under the big letters... its a www.org address
and its not the b-25's address.

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Why is it always a rear lower jug? Least accessable? It's part of the harrassment policy!!!


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