How hard to convert a P-3A back to an Electra? Are we talking ...

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How hard to convert a P-3A back to an Electra? Are we talking ...

Joined: March 6th, 2005, 4:13 am

March 19th, 2012, 9:53 pm #1

... about a major project or would this be doable for the "average" (that's me) modeler?

TiA for any inputs!

Regards,
Tomt.
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March 19th, 2012, 9:55 pm #2

for practical purposes its a different airplane. sort of like converting a P-40 B into a P-40 N or a P-51 into a P-51H
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Joined: February 28th, 2005, 9:56 am

March 19th, 2012, 9:59 pm #3

... about a major project or would this be doable for the "average" (that's me) modeler?

TiA for any inputs!

Regards,
Tomt.
http://www.contrailsmodels.com/5122.html (top of page)

A bit basic but a good starting point.

HTH

Marc B
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March 19th, 2012, 9:59 pm #4

for practical purposes its a different airplane. sort of like converting a P-40 B into a P-40 N or a P-51 into a P-51H
Other than the basic wing and engine, you're changing pretty much everything. Even the windscreen and nose radome are different and the P-3 has a slight bulge in the forward fuselage back to about mid-chord that the Electra doesn't have. You'd also need different props, square-tip vice the round-tip props that are in the kit.

Don McIntyre
Clarksville, TN


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Clarksville, TN


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March 19th, 2012, 10:01 pm #5

... about a major project or would this be doable for the "average" (that's me) modeler?

TiA for any inputs!

Regards,
Tomt.
Thin might help.

http://www.contrailsmodels.com/5122.html

I suspect the real question would be if you wanted real windows rather than decals, and how much interior you were thinking about.

Not to ignore the significant differences, but Jeff's conversion parts will take care of most of that.
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March 19th, 2012, 10:07 pm #6

... about a major project or would this be doable for the "average" (that's me) modeler?

TiA for any inputs!

Regards,
Tomt.
I think it's long overdue! It would look especially beautiful in an Eastern Airlines scheme!
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March 19th, 2012, 10:25 pm #7

... about a major project or would this be doable for the "average" (that's me) modeler?

TiA for any inputs!

Regards,
Tomt.
I spoke to Welsh models recently and was informed they're working on a multi-media L.188 Electra in 1/72.

Trevor
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Joined: July 29th, 2005, 2:12 pm

March 19th, 2012, 10:57 pm #8

... about a major project or would this be doable for the "average" (that's me) modeler?

TiA for any inputs!

Regards,
Tomt.
http://www.internetmodeler.com/2004/sep ... lectra.php

Jeff
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March 19th, 2012, 11:58 pm #9

... about a major project or would this be doable for the "average" (that's me) modeler?

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Tomt.
someone took a 1/144 kit and created an Electra.
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March 20th, 2012, 2:55 am #10

... about a major project or would this be doable for the "average" (that's me) modeler?

TiA for any inputs!

Regards,
Tomt.
Try googling "1/72 Electra Conversion Hasegawa P-3" or similar. There were vac conversions, resin conversions, . . . Gene Hooker put one out IIRC.
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