T-33 "free" contest build review

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by spirtos, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. spirtos

    spirtos Member

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    The T-33 was the first jet plane of the Hellenic Air Force and I always think of it as a very special plane. Especially those orange-painted.
    A very nice T-33 model can be found in the Parts Bin , in many paint schemes.
    My -ambitious- plan is to build a T-33 with cockpit , formers , a slightly modified landing gear, not painted but covered with aluminium foil. If I succeed I will have a model close to the firrst T-33 to land in Elefsis AFB (pictured below, note the P-80 tip tanks)

    I will use the orange HAF version (because I need the markings) and many prints of the uncolored version for the test builds.

    Pictures (and new parts' uploads )will follow.

    Wish me luck because I will need it :)

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  2. cmdrted

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    Good Luck, post many pictures, esp the design process,Have fun!
  3. spirtos

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    ...thank you cmdrted...

    ...I made some progress. First I gathered as many pictures I could find of the T-33. Luckily I found detailed pictures and diagrams for the cockpit , but I could not fid a set of 3-views appropriate for this project. All I found was a set of 3-views for the P-80 , with cross sections. I knew that the T-33's fuselage was based on the P-80's fuselage (they added a 26.6'' part in front of the wing and another 12'' behind the wing), so I tired to use these plans ro design the formers.
    A -no glue- test proved the fit to be ok so now I have three test-build T-33s and the cockpit is next..

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  4. rmks2000

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    Looks like you are making great progress!
  5. Jim Krauzlis

    Jim Krauzlis Active Member

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    Wonderful start, Spirtos!

    We're all looking forward to seeing your progress on this project.

    Cheers!
    Jim
  6. 46rob

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    I had the same trouble finding a decent three view of the T-33, when I designed the ones in the parts' bin. Since I had already designed a P-80--I merely stretched it into the T-bag. Good luck with your redesign. Feel free to 'borrow' any elements from my models you want....neve waste time reinventing something..
  7. FredZ KSAC

    FredZ KSAC Member

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    Spirtos, for a collection of pictures, videos, etc, check out the web site of the Red Knight T-33 air show performer http://redknightairshows.com/site.html

    Should help on the details, if nothing else. Good luck with your project.
    Later,
    Fred Z.
  8. spirtos

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    ...thank you for your kind words ... :)

    ..I finished the design of the front and rear cockpit panels.. I hope that when these get scaled to fit to the model, some details remain visible... seats are next...

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  9. cmdrted

    cmdrted Active Member

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    Great redesign so far, keep going!
  10. Bluenoser

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    The Red Knights paint scheme is smart. Are you going to do this model in the RCAF markings too?
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    Redesign to be available?

    Looking great Spiritos. The T33 is on my to-build list too. Do you plan to make you're re-design available for download?
  12. Rick Thomson

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    The only Red Knight scheme is a RCAF scheme, the other guy is but a wanna-be, next thing you know someone will slop some gold paint on a sword and claim to be a Golden Hawk.

    Ok...Rant mode off for now.