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Reynold Bombshell - P-47 5 years 4 months ago #44

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Hi,

I asked some questions concerning Bill Odoms YP-47M "Reynolds Bombshell" in the IPMS Yahoo group before and thought I start a discussion on a few open questions here as well.

1. Last time I asked if anybody has information or photos of this plane which show the smaller lettering just under the canopy (as far as I can make out it is "EXPERIMENTAL" and below "Cap. W. P. Odom" and below this I could imagine "Eng. “Tex“ Sallee" but this is more a guess as it does not quite look like it on the pictuers I have - so if anybody knows...) and between canopy and cowling.
I already printed my decals but last time several people were interested in a decal sheet as well. I just do not want to do decal sheets with nonsense on them (as I did for mine)...

2. There is a round logo on the fuselage just under the canopy and just behind the cowling in different colour layouts. I reconstructed these as "Leca" and a bird. I never heard of "Leca" anywhere. Maybe I misinterpreted the logo so if anybody has info, please let me know.

3. I read that the drop tanks are 300 gal tanks as used on P-38. However such large tanks were only used for ferry flights and could only jettisoned in an emergency. I have zero information on these tanks (no scale drawings or dimensions). My initial idea was to use 1-32 P-38 150 gal tanks on my 1-48 scale P-47 but it does not look like the pics of Odoms tanks. I start wondering if Odom used the 310 gal tanks from the F-82 Twin Mustang - as used by the F-82B "Betty Joe" on her record flight. If this is the case I might find the tanks I need in the infamous Minicraft boxing. However the sole in-box picture of the Minicraft parts do not look to promissing as it appears as if Minicraft added four drop tanks of the same size - but Betty Joe used two different pairs of drop tanks...
So: Anybody with any idea or information?

4. The Reynolds Bombshell got additional fuel tanks in the ex gun bays and behind the cockpit - where these tanks interconnected with the other tanks or had they to be filled up seperately? If the latter - where were the "filler caps"?

Cheers,
René
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Reynold Bombshell - P-47 4 years 10 months ago #71

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Hi Rene',
Did you ever find anymore information on the Reynold's Bombshell? A great looking airplane and rare as the Thunderbolt really was not an air racer often.
Please advise.
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Reynold Bombshell - P-47 4 years 10 months ago #76

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Hi Chris,
well I am affraid no. I took the best 3 view Twin Mustang drawings I found and started my own master for the tanks. I hope to finish it this month.
Concerning the gun bay tanks I got some fuel filler caps from tinyland which I will maybe use here. Peter does very handy etch parts and great service btw.
As I got decals printed already I will use them and wait for unavoidable "nice build but the text must read xxxx" mail :-)
Rene
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Reynold Bombshell - P-47 4 years 10 months ago #77

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Good to hear you've done something on the tanks. I've often thought of doing one the same way. I even have a hangar where the actual airplane resides but they made it into a stocker and the racing stuff was all removed. No help there. Kind of like Kermit Weeks and his Paul Mantz P-51C.
Good luck on the decals, I have the same photos you have, I'm sure.
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Reynold Bombshell - P-47 4 years 10 months ago #78

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Yes I saw the pictures of the current P-47M. I must say I find it as strange to dress warbird based racers back to warbirds when in reality they had a history as a racer but not as a warbird - if you understand what I mean.

Concering the large fuel tanks I find the informations misleading as in connection with the Reynolds Bombshell I could only find that they contained "300 gal". AFAIK the larger P-38 tanks were 305 gals wereas the P-82 were 310 gal. But I think they look pretty much the same shapewise. I found some dimensions of the 305 gal tank on a page today from a guy who was selling one last year. He wrote the tank "is 36 inches wide" (so about 91,44 cm) and "about 14 feet and 4 inches long" (makes 436,88 cm when you ask me...). Now I hope my tank master at home will be the correct size... :dry:
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Reynold Bombshell - P-47 4 years 10 months ago #79

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Yes, I understand quite well, Rene. I am of the opinion that to retain it's postwar mods and paint would be a historic preservation as much as converting it back to stock but many do not agree. It's their money.
Nice find on the tank dimensions, I believe the tank shapes and contours are well described by photos, adding the dimensions completes the package.
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