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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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McG 696920/11/2019 07:55:43
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Good progress, John. yes

... but I think you forgot to draw R3 on the starboard lower wing sheet... devil

Cheers

Chris

John H. Rood22/11/2019 06:20:23
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John H. Rood22/11/2019 16:05:25
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Just more of the simpler odds n' sods... laminating the FOD Collector and the two ply wing bolt plates (WP-1).FOD Collector.jpeg

Ascend Mount Olympus...Mighty Olympus.jpeg

High Noon at the Klamp Korral feeding trough...Klamp Korral.jpeg

John H. Rood23/11/2019 00:52:38
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A ways to go, but it's a start. And fun!

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Backside:

Backplate as before.

John H. Rood23/11/2019 02:22:31
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Rough shape achieved. The Sabre nose shape is complex, and my main thing here was to utilize G&M's quadrants and stay with them. I did everything so far with just a sanding block and 60 grit and then 100 grit.   I don't like sanding with loud power tools;   I enjoy the quiet of doing it all by hand where possible.  Also later on I wrapped the sandpaper around a dowel to do internal bits, tight spots.

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The quality of design in G&M's three-layer lamination enabled me to do all this basic shaping with just the quadrants, layers, and the plan views, but without consulting photo/artwork references.

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However, near the session's end tonight I got a bit overenthusiastic with the 60 grit and took off a bit too much on the leading edge of each side (the area just above my thumb in the photos); this happened because I did not check back often enough with G&M's accurate side elevations.   Later on I'll need to fix this to get the proper side profile at the lip. And of course there is more shaping to do with the whole thing. But the overall feel is there and it is straight and squared-up -- and hopefully it will come out true to the plan specs.

Edited By John H. Rood on 23/11/2019 02:27:38

John H. Rood23/11/2019 02:58:29
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Cardboard templates for cutting out the sheet balsa tail parts:Templates.jpeg

Martin Gay23/11/2019 08:52:40
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Hi John,

You may have missed the post on another thread but the tailplanes should be two laminations of 1/4" balsa - NOT 1/8".

Martin.

John H. Rood23/11/2019 14:10:19
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Martin, I just plain screwed up! Indeed I remember you going to considerable trouble to clarify that little typo and now I’ve gone and resurrected it! Sorry about that! I owe you one there.

I wish this forum allowed us to edit and delete at will. But I can at least reiterate:

THE TAILPLANE IS MADE OF TWO LAMINATIONS OF 1/4" BALSA, NOT 1/8" !!!

If any doubts, just look at the airfoil section on the G&M plan -- it is clearly of 1/4th balsa laminations, not 1/8th.

Edited By John H. Rood on 23/11/2019 14:23:27

Martin Gay23/11/2019 15:23:06
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No worries! Just glad we caught it now, and not after you had shaped the tailplanes!

John H. Rood26/11/2019 17:08:03
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SO THERE I WAS... minding my own business, immersing myself in aliphatic, quietly communing with The Monolith, when THE EXTRATERRESTRIALS arrived. They wanted to "probe" me, I respectfully declined, recommending that they try a normal human instead. They said they'd consider.

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Overhead photo courtesy the MotherShip.

John H. Rood27/11/2019 06:05:50
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Fuselage sub-assemblies completed. G&M's design/engineering is a big help as things really do square-up. Sub Assys done.jpeg

Next step is to make up the aft spine pieces and then things really come together. A really fun build underway!

John H. Rood27/11/2019 07:38:22
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Drawing reference lines has helped double-check my efforts at alignment. Even just labeling things as to up/down/fore/aft/port/starboard etc helps me with basic orientation.

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John H. Rood27/11/2019 08:25:39
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From circa 1950s NAA promo materials, typical of the kind of thing our Dad would bring home from work for us kiddos. A major treat for us!!! An XFJ-2 off Southern California, prior to initial US Navy testing at Patuxent River, Maryland:

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John H. Rood27/11/2019 08:31:54
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A single video frame capture from extensive footage shot of another XFJ-2 at the US Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland:

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John H. Rood27/11/2019 16:48:35
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Why use just one fabulous clamp, when you can use FIVE THOUSAND? nerd

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Or... "WHEN CLAMPS ATTACK!" --- I't's a full-blown INVASION !!! fist

#unnecessary #odd #theyletanybodyinthisjoint

Chris Barlow27/11/2019 16:58:01
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Did the clamps beam down from the mothership and start breeding? surprise

Looks tidy John. The snug joints in the parts really do make assembly easier and more accurate. yes

John H. Rood27/11/2019 17:34:04
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Thanks, Chris. Working off a 3/8' tempered glass tabletop, all gluing so far with Titebond aliphatic.

The clamps have been asking me about yes/no to an operating rudder, flaps, air brakes, slats, and so on... and all I could think was "I need to keep this one simple" and but at my age what I will REALLY need is an onboard OPERATING PILOT RELIEF TUBE EVACUATION system!

They also leaked these secret NAA photos of the very first liftoff of the XFJ-2; this happened on 27 December 1951 at NAA Los Angeles Division's adjacent Los Angeles International Airport. The great Bob Hoover at the controls.

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XFJ-2 756 Maiden Launch Maiden at LAX 27 Dec.1951.jpg

John H. Rood21/02/2020 02:38:30
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McG 696921/02/2020 11:39:34
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Hija John,

Good to see some progress to your build.

Well done, young man.

Keep up the mojo...

Cheers

Chris

dirk tinck22/02/2020 23:30:05
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Hello John ,your frame has parted the canope and will be shipped on monday. Have fun with it !

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