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  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
NAA T-28 Trojan...
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:16 PM

I recently acquired four old Monogram T-28 kits. One of the kits is even a T-28A so I can even build an Air Force T-28 trainer. Even though the decals and instructions for the T-28A have a 1990 copyright date, the copyright on the inside of the left fuselage is 1959! The 1990 boxing is one of those "everything you need" kits with Pactra tube glue and some little tubs of dried up Pactra paint. Two others are T-28D's with full armament loads. The last one is a Navy trainer. I've decided the first T-28 I build will be a VNAF T-28D with a full armament load. Being such an old kit, the parts are covered with raised rivet detail, plus some recessed panel lines. Now, all of the T-28's I've ever seen at airshows aren't covered with rivet heads so I decided to sand off the rivets and rescribe panel lines where necessary. Some task I've given myself, huh. Well, I'm gonna do it. The picture below shows a wing right out of the box and a wing I've sanded. About thirty minutes work sanding and polishing the wing bottom. I'll report back after I've sanded the entire airplane. It's gonna take a while, I think.


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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:23 PM

This outa be cool lve always wanted to build one of those had plenty of chances . Down the road from me is a grass strip there’s one in dark blue that makes a racket when it’s around

  

 Nick.

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:33 PM

Yeah, that seven cylinder radial makes a lot of noise! I was just reading that a T-28 will out climb and out turn a P-51. Whoda thought?

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    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:49 PM

fotofrank

Yeah, that seven cylinder radial makes a lot of noise! I was just reading that a T-28 will out climb and out turn a P-51. Whoda thought?

 

 
The out turn may work in some cases, but you wouldn't want to bet your house on the outclimb part2 cents

John

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:53 PM

Yeah, might be kinda tough outrunning six .50 cals...

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:32 PM

I’m gonna watch this with interest for ideas. Are you planning to dress up the wheel wells and cockpits?

Were the T-28’s you’ve seen flush riveted? All the walk around photos of T-28s appear to show the rivets rather prominently. And I can’t recall ever being near one myself. 

 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 8:13 PM

Well, stikpusher, your question has caused me to rethink my assessment of the rivet pattern on the T-28 kit. It would appear that I was too hasty in my decision to sand off the rivet detail. These are two T-28's I photographed at the VAC airshow back in 2013. The rivet detail is pretty evident. Click on the image to see the detail, they are quite large. Fortunately the parts that I was sanding rivets off of are scrap parts. I still have four complete T-28 kits that I can work on. The rivet pattern on these old kits is not entirely accurate but unless one gets up close with a magnifyer, who's going to know. Thanks again, stikpusher, for pointing out my error.

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 8:39 PM

No worries. I was just curious. Worst case they do make rivet decals that can address any lost details. If I ever do my ultimate B-17 project as envisioned, I’m gonna need a lot of those... 

So what are your plans for these birds?

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:28 PM

Stik the T28b in the hanger I work has standard dome head rivets all over. I just recovered a PT13 for the owner and he also said the power to weight on the 28 is better than the mustprang. he can easly out turn the 51 but the 28's frame is ALLOT more draggy and the barndoor for a nose "hampers" top speed ;-)

There is a 51 d in another hanger and I must say this 28 is a beast of a craft....it is rare for me to be able to walk up straight under the wing, of a low wing craft!

 

Theuns

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, February 22, 2018 3:54 AM

Stikpusher, the finished kits will be shelf sitters like my other finished projects, for me to see and admire. I generally build "out-of-the-box" so the wheel wells won't get too much attention, maybe a small piece of styrene to cover any obvious openings on the underside but that's about it.

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