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XFJ-2 Fury: F-86E Modified for Carrier Operations

The first three FJ Fury prototypes were essentially F-86E airframes built at NAA's Los Angeles Division and given relatively minor modifications; all later FJ-2 and FJ-3 models bore more visible changes.

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John H. Rood16/09/2019 01:04:17
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Martin Gay16/09/2019 01:42:20
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Ooooh! Nice!

Easy colour scheme to replicate as well.

John H. Rood16/09/2019 03:59:47
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ABOVE: A project for THE MAD STENCILER!

Some of my photos are c/o the noted author, researcher, and model builder Tommy Thomason and his excellent TAILSPIN TOPICS blog. Tommy's meticulous eye for detail is just the kind of thing we addicts crave. For example, here he traces the FJ Fury & F-86 Sabre lineage and development.

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John H. Rood16/09/2019 04:53:39
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At the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola: An FJ-2 painted in spurious markings to represent XFJ-2 Bu 133755. Note the 4x20mm cannon installation, as contrasted with the F-86 Sabre's 6x.50 calibre.

A small detail, also: the XFJ-2 had the same nose inlet shape as the F-86E/F, whereas the production FJ-2 on view here has a just slightly deeper nose.

The follow-on FJ-3 had a yet deeper nose shape, and the later FJ-4 was a different airplane altogether, only superficially resembling its predecessors.

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ABOVE: Pax River! Home of the NATC -- and TPS, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

BELOW: Watch that MiG !!! Note the clean lines of the Sabre/Fury family from aft, and the gaping maw of what looks to be an FJ-4 in the foreground.

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Andy Meade16/09/2019 09:33:57
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Good choice! I've got Terry Lidstone's old FJ4 - that's why I'm not partaking in the mass build this year. No point having two airframes the same! She just needs a bit of tidying, and will be ready for the event cool I'll be able recreate this old photo of Terry now I have a SeaHawk of my own too.

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John H. Rood16/10/2019 00:24:22
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Can't deny it -- there is NOTHING quite like a new scale modelling treat arriving in the post. And is this one ever a goodie! Just HAD to give it a quick fondle. Beautiful!!! I know, I know... I'm a happy love-slave! cocktailcocktail

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Mark Kettle 116/10/2019 00:36:24
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Nice picture John.

Martin Gay16/10/2019 09:45:31
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You sound happy John.

Glad to see the kit arrived safely.

John H. Rood01/11/2019 17:26:53
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OK now all you PSSA Ozone-Adventurers, I shall begin my build here on Day 1 with assembling the wing jig. The drawings sure are a help in understanding what’s to go where!

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John H. Rood01/11/2019 18:35:31
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Assembling the jig spanwise members J2, J3, and J4. First I cleaned them up a bit with sanding sticks and a round file and it was soon an easy fit. The drawings make everything very clear.

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John H. Rood01/11/2019 19:13:15
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2019 Autumn colours outside => 2020 Mass Build Commences.

All the spanwise jig parts in stacks:

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Peter Garsden08/11/2019 11:47:43
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Looking good John. When you are finished you can get in it and fly over to the Orme for the fly-in? Cheaper than Virgin Atlantic? Probably need a B52 with you to help refuel?

John H. Rood08/11/2019 20:19:03
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So, fishing sinkers I have. This is a very weighty topic. enlightened

Thanks, Peter for the encouragement. I was hoping to hitch a ride inside a stray Antonov PSS model of ungodly size that might be wandering around the North Atlantic, but indeed a B-52 is a high altitude bird that can keep the champagne cold. Manifest destiny!

Phil Cooke08/11/2019 21:06:06
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Good to see your build and Sabre adventure underway John - watching with interest! I can’t start mine quite just yet - not until this 150% Jet Provost is off the board - so I’ll be playing catch up on the Sabre in a few weeks!

John H. Rood09/11/2019 14:50:17
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Thanks, Phil! And thanks for hosting this Mass Build 2020. To be sure, I've by no means quit on building the 2016 A-4 Skyhawk, but I was unable to resist this 2020 Mass Build. The design looks gorgeous and the kit is fantastic.

So now I've completed the wing jig --plenty of gussets and a little Dawn Patrol action today with an all-sheet balsa catapult launch USAF Sabre I created many years ago, long before all you kiddos were even hatched:

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And speaking of hatched, not many people are aware that, early-on, the XFJ-2 Fury tried out a fairly unusual internal flotation system for those unscheduled ocean landings. With the scale judges looking on, I've developed a faithful rendering of that very installation:

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This system has already proved helpful in explaining to the wife why I REALLY NEEDED TO BUY THIS KIT!

McG 696909/11/2019 16:52:11
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... unfortunately, my kit didn't contain any 'flotation system' but I guess it's a Fury option...

Too bad as it could be useful at the Grand Orme with the Atlantic Ocean down there. wink

Keep up the mojo over there...

Cheers

Chris

Peter Garsden09/11/2019 21:23:47
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We usually arrange for a fishing trawler to wait for fallen models in the Irish Sea. Great to have on board John,

John H. Rood18/11/2019 17:18:35
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starBright and early this morning, Commander Garsden's mention of fishing trawlers induced the wife (and I, by default) to mangle her brave new hot plate holder / trivet / Sabre wing jig as seen here: Jig Smash.jpeg

I think she was figuring the FJ-2 Fury's unique wing fold feature ought be introduced right here so as to free up stowage space aboard the trawlers.

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I'm not sure she was right about it, but in the end, the PSS scale judges will ascertain the soggy, briney truth. star

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John H. Rood19/11/2019 23:56:11
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Toward the goal of keeping all the glue joints on the inside, here are the matched sets of wing skin outsides:Outsides.jpeg

Here are the insides, folding them over and gluing the seam with Titebond, then laying it down to dry:Insides.jpeg

I'm building these skins on a very heavy and flat glass surface. After taking these pics I glued up the other three skins as well, and adding books on top as weights so they'll all hopefully dry nice and flat. Next is to mark the ribs and spars on the insides.

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John H. Rood20/11/2019 06:08:24
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Lower skins are now ready, and later on the uppers will be trimmed to fit.2b05f656-1799-4e16-965f-8f10525faac8.jpeg

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