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Vought XF5U-1 Flying FlapJack [Finished]

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    October 2020
Vought XF5U-1 Flying FlapJack [Finished]
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, December 28, 2020 9:47 PM
While the kit is labeled Flying Pancake, I'm going with the term my Dad used when I was a kid while he was working on vacuum-formed kits of it.
1/72 scale Hasegawa kit. 
Going for out-of-the-box, but I added Warbird Decals seatbelts.
I also added some supports to make installing the intakes out of sequence easier.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 10:01 AM
The cockpit fits well enough between the fuselage halves.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 10:15 AM

 

Nice tip on the supports.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 9:39 AM
Tamiya AS-8 Navy Blue. 
I know it may look like I'm doing this wrong, but I've done this before and have a plan...

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 10:03 PM

Sorry for the poor lighting in the photos, it's a nighttime project...

I finished the seams around the perimeter and then blended the blue to cover the raw plastic.  I also added the stabilizers

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 10:22 PM

Looks like fun.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, December 31, 2020 10:03 AM

It is a fun project.

I added the tails then blended in the blue around the mounting points after the fact too.
The intake fans are installed (glad I added the supports) and the "roll-bar" behind the seat with its reinforcements.  Check the fit of the canopy as some trimming is needed of the rear bulkhead for it to fit.
 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, December 31, 2020 11:34 AM

Hi;

 You know, I forgot how really strange that thing looked.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, December 31, 2020 11:43 AM

My wife calls it the turtle.  I can see her point.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, December 31, 2020 12:01 PM
I painted the prop blades Dark Tan and then used some clear red to tint the tone towards mahogany.
Warbird Decals Brown on Clear Woodgrain made up the bulk of the grain.
Then a little of their Black on Clear added some contrast.   Pretty easy to do in less than an hour…

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, December 31, 2020 3:23 PM

These planes were such an odd design. One would think they would be highly influenced by any sort of wind shear or air turbulance. Nice work.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, January 1, 2021 10:04 AM

BrandonK

These planes were such an odd design. One would think they would be highly influenced by any sort of wind shear or air turbulance. Nice work.

BK

 

I think this would be true at low airspeed, but this is true for any STOL vehicle.  And the flapjack had a pretty high wing loading, so it would likely be less bothered than by low wing loading planes.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, January 2, 2021 12:01 PM
The landing gear is a bit fiddly but buildable.
 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, January 4, 2021 5:55 PM
The insignias turned out to be a bit more work than I expected after the instrument decals went on so easily. 
I didn’t notice the one for the underside goes across the starboard main gear doors until after I cut the doors apart and installed them.  I cut one of the kit insignias into three pieces with a new blade, but it disintegrated while wet before I could apply it. 
I found a couple more same sized replacements in my stash and they fell apart the same way, even the one I didn't cut…  
So I found some newer Scale-Master ones (age-wise) from a Testors A-4 kit, but they had red bars.  The first one I cut to fit the plane worked fine so I freehand painted out the red bars after they were applied.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, January 4, 2021 9:33 PM
I reworked the prop hubs and added bosses to the backs so they would plug into the nacelles and not require cement and still allow the props to turn.   I brush painted the yellow tips.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 8:50 AM

Scale-Master
I reworked the prop hubs and added bosses to the backs so they would plug into the nacelles and not require cement and still allow the props to turn.   I brush painted the yellow tips.
 
 
 

What happened to the wood grain?

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    June 2017
Posted by jmoran426 on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 9:06 AM
This build looks like fun. Nice work on the project, especially the improvisation of the decals. Worked out nicely. I've seen the kit in hobby stores around, but never picked one up. Now I might have to. I've got several unconventional aircraft models in 1/72, and this one could join the group of all-wing or mostly-wing aircraft. My stash includes the Northrop N-9M (on the bench), XB-39, and XB-47 flying wings, and the B-2 stealth bomber.

jmoran426

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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:29 AM

The back side of the props are black, I'm guessing for anti-glare.  The wood grain is still on the front.

 

Don Stauffer

 

 
Scale-Master
I reworked the prop hubs and added bosses to the backs so they would plug into the nacelles and not require cement and still allow the props to turn.   I brush painted the yellow tips.
 
 
 

 

 

What happened to the wood grain?

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 2:08 PM
Finished.
Fun build; not perfect and questionably accurate, but worth the time for me to put it together. 
 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 4:02 PM

Oh wow that's so cool!!!

I have a 1/48th kit of the Pancake, I think it's by Sword- I hope mine looks half as good as yours when I finally build it!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 5:00 PM

Looks real nice.  I like these odd designs.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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