Author Topic: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina  (Read 1353 times)

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FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« on: February 02, 2018, 03:35:35 AM »
When the North American B-45 Tornado finally began to enter service in numbers in early 1947, the B-43 Jetmasters were released for Lend-lease deliveries.  The Força Aérea Brasileira received two squadrons of B-43Bs naming them "Mestre-Turbina" and using them to establish the 2º and 3º Grupo de Aviação de Ataque (2º and 3º GAVAT).  These were deployed to support USAAF operations in Northern Italy and Yugoslavia. 

I have ordered the Anigrand B-43 kit (the most expensive single kit I have ever bought, I think).  Once it arrives, I will determine how much modification I will do to make it an operational "B-model." At a minimum, I hope to replace the bug-eye twin canopies with a normal bomber-style cabin.  I hate to do this, since the bug-eyes are so unique and cool-looking, but I just don't think it would have gone into production with them.  Of course, Brazilian markings... Anyway, we shall see...

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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2018, 01:37:32 PM »
I have ordered the Anigrand B-43 kit (the most expensive single kit I have ever bought, I think).
If it is very expensive, I will not suggest to buy a second copy for building a Zwilling B-43Z... :( ;)

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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2018, 03:37:49 AM »
Inspiration for scheme:



Or perhaps if you want to be more adventurous:

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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018, 04:01:48 PM »
Kit arrived in the mail this weekend - I think I will be able to make a few mods.  However, the included instruction sheet is for a Handley Page HP 115.  I could do without the instruction sheet, except I can't cypher how to install the landing gear.  Does anyone have the instructions for the B-43 or B-42 (same landing gear) that they can scan and send me?   

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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 08:37:13 PM »
I can help.   Give me a few hours.   Do want me to post the image on BTS or send it to you directly?
Work in progress ::

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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 11:48:32 PM »
Whichever is easiest for you. And thank you very much!

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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 12:15:12 AM »
Yeah! nice subject to pick, going to watch this one. Got one of those in the stash too --- along with the XB-42.

If all else fails, you could contact the museum where it's at, it still exists apparently
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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 02:28:11 AM »
That's the Restoration Hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.  Both the XB-42 and XB-43 are there awaiting restoration.
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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2018, 04:54:01 AM »
I now have the instructions, though they are still pretty vague about how to mount the landing gear.  I'm pretty confident I can work that out. 

I think I can update the canopy - I'm going to try a few different options.  My favored option for now is a Mosquito canopy, modified to butt up against a remote control twin-gun turret behind it.  I'm awaiting the Mosquito canopies (vac-form) to see if I can make that work. 

The fuselage halves are rather badly warped, and I am in the process of trying to straighten them.  I have made some progress, but my experience with full resin kits is very limited -  I have worked with resin conversions a few times, but I think this is my first full kit. 

It's probably not period-realistic, but I think I'm going for the green/tan (sand & spinach?) giraffe pattern as on the A-20 GTX Admin posted.  Should look pretty cool!

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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2018, 05:17:05 AM »
Dang neat subject you got here.  Best luck/skill/wishes getting past warped problem.  From what I seen is not common with Anigrand.  Hmmm....
Description of B-43B concept with canopy and turret sounds right on.   :smiley:

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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2018, 05:02:17 AM »
Dang neat subject you got here.  Best luck/skill/wishes getting past warped problem.  From what I seen is not common with Anigrand.  Hmmm....
Description of B-43B concept with canopy and turret sounds right on.   :smiley:

I couldn't agree more!

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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2018, 05:35:01 AM »
A couple of WIP update photos:
First, the raw materials:
B-43 by cacree, on Flickr
Next, a shot before and after cutting the new cockpit opening:
B-43 by cacree, on Flickr
The finished cockpit interior, also showing the hole cut for the twin-.50 turrent:
B-43 by cacree, on Flickr
The vertical tail on the Anigrand XB-43 is WAAAYYYY short (I think it's the upper vertical from the XB-42 - in real life, the vertical tail of the XB-43 looks freakishly tall.  So, I lengthened the vertical tail by adding a section from a B-26 Marauder.  here it is raw...B-43 by cacree, on Flick, and after some PSR: B-43 by cacree, on Flickr
I've made some more progress since then, but no pics for now.  More later! 

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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2018, 05:49:59 AM »
So interesting to see the pictures.  A fine concept. 

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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2018, 08:19:29 AM »
Great start. Looking good  :smiley:
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Re: FAB B-43B Mestre-Turbina
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2018, 01:11:09 AM »
Looking good so far
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