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Airplane on railroad flatcar
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 20, 2003 4:40 PM
Hello all,
I am a model railroader and would like to model a WWII era fighter on a 1/87 flatcar. I model 1953 and this would make me eligible for a Korian War candidate also. Would an aircraft have ever travelled by rail in the US? Perhaps to a dispay or a museum? I realize that the wings would have to be removed and sucured. The landing gear would have to fit on the flatcar deck which is 9'6" wide and 52" long. I would be willing to use a 1/100 model, it would only be 13% too small. There is a nice P-38 and a P-51 in 1/87 that I could use but the P-38 gear would be way too wide though. I would appreciate any help.
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  • From: Panama City, Florida, Hurricane Alley
Posted by berny13 on Thursday, February 20, 2003 7:44 PM
My uncle crashed landed a P-40 at a small civilian air field during his training days in WWll. He said the aircraft had its wings removed and was shipped via rail to the repair depot.


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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 21, 2003 10:13 AM
Why not cut the P-38 up and make it look like it is being crated. That is probably how it would have been moved anyhow, in pieces. I'm sure if you check sources you will find a picture of a disassembled P-38 or other fighter. Hope that helps.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 21, 2003 5:22 PM
Thanks for the ideas. As for transporting a wrecked or crated plane , is there a place on the web were I could check out some photos or get more ideas?
Would a military plane have been accompinied by guards or a security force if it were being transported?

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  • From: Joisey
Posted by John P on Saturday, February 22, 2003 11:17 AM
I've often thought of this as a diorama. A couple of the Monogram (the publisher, not the model company) books on German aircraft include diagrams of how the plane was broken down and crated for shipping on a flatcar. I've wanted to do that with DML's Horton flying wing. Anybody know wher I can get a 1/48 (or O-Gauge) German wwII flat car? :)
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  • From: Steinwedel, Lower Saxony,Germany
Posted by tango35 on Saturday, February 22, 2003 2:58 PM
maybe you can take a german WW 2 aircraft and put it on your flatcar, showin a transport to museum
aand in 19455/46 most of the german ac´s were brought to the evaluation points by RR

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