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When Hollywood Ruled The Skies - Volumes 1 through 4 by Bruce Oriss


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:37 pm 
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The serial numbers are painted below the forward windscreens on the fuselages. We all would like to have data plates, collectors included. So no mystery on identity of the fuselages.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:58 pm 
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The blast doors are heavy and the structural repair manual gives the material as titanium and stainless steel. The reinforcement ribs in the blast panels at each gun port can be seen in the photo of panel PN 187-61203-1. The requirement to make adjustments to the design came from the operation of the 20 mm guns in the F-86F Gunvals and the lessons learned in the lighter design.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:08 pm 
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cadet77 wrote:
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The serial numbers are painted below the forward windscreens on the fuselages. We all would like to have data plates, collectors included. So no mystery on identity of the fuselages.

cadett77

Oops. :oops: I was wondering why that reply was addressed to Mr. cooper9411. :? When he originally quoted me, he missed some BBCode and ended up not putting my quote in a box. I tried to fix it when I replied to him, and made it worse by accidentally switching who was being quoted so that my quote was listed as his and vice versa. I'd rather not have other people receive a bad rap for my ignorant questions. :wink: So, for the record, both questions were mine. I never actually doubted your identification, I just wondered how it was done.

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The blast doors are heavy and the structural repair manual gives the material as titanium and stainless steel. The reinforcement ribs in the blast panels at each gun port can be seen in the photo of panel PN 187-61203-1. The requirement to make adjustments to the design came from the opperation the 20 mm guns in the F-86F Gunvals and the lessons learned in the lighter design.

cadet77

Hey, at least I was halfway correct with my guess about the difference being due to the change in armament! I'll pat myself on the back for that. I was kicking myself for not being able to think of a better way of saying "gun muzzle area" though, so I guess I'm back to where I started. Thanks for reminding me by using the phrase "gun port". :roll:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:05 pm 
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Removed the shroud assembly before pulling the A-4 sight.

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It is in good shape. This is PN 187-31876.

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Ready to install.

After releasing the locking mechanism on the forward end of the A-4 sight, it pulled out of the rack without too much effort. Rust on shafts, bolts, and screws makes turning things tough without first applying some lubricant. The A-4 sight is also in good shape considering it was in outside stroage for many years.
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Only light cleaning on this item before reinstallation.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:21 pm 
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Looks to be in quite nice condition. Is electrical wiring harness brittle/fragile?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:36 pm 
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The wiring and interior of the sight are in excellent condition. The seal kept out moisture. It is an amazing electromechanical instrument.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:11 pm 
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Almost ready to reinstall.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:47 pm 
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Cleaned up nicely. Does it have a crinkle paint finish?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:29 am 
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Black crinkle paint appears to be the standard.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:24 pm 
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Found this amplifier hidden under a panel forward of the engine compartment. This is a plug in tube module, part of an amplifier with three cannon plugs that cleaned up nicely after removing a layer of dust and dirt. This is part of the PN 521E821 or YG409D4 Amplifier that is located aft of the cockpit under a panel on the top of the fuselage.

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The bottom of the unit with the cover plates removed.
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The schematic diagram (1957) on one of the cover plates.
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The amplifier rack has a smaller section with three cannon plugs that have been capped with the harness and connecting plugs capped and clamped to the side of the unit. Perhaps part of the preservation effort when the jet was first retired.

The amplifier installed in rack. A lot of dirt left to remove.

The panel that covers this compartment.

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Cover back in place on the fuselage.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:25 pm 
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The cabin pressure altimeter was removed from the cockpit. The replacement cabin pressure altimeter is ready to reinstall.

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Fit check of the The cabin pressure altimeter panel.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:22 pm 
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She cleans up quite nicely. Is the main center cockpit panel for this variant of the F-86 similar to the E or F panel you posted earlier in your project?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:49 pm 
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The instrument panel is similar to F-86F and early F-100.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:12 pm 
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Some nose work:

Before, like most things that are easy to bump into, this one shows some wear.

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After, ready to reinstall.

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Fit check of the nose on the fuselage.

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Test fit of an antenna AT-741A/A, early TACAN.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:56 am 
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That's a huge improvement...I take it that there is fiberglass in that nose/cover? What was underneath the cover inself? Antenna ?

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