How hard would it be to convert the AMT A-20 to an early DB-7

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How hard would it be to convert the AMT A-20 to an early DB-7

Joined: March 19th, 2007, 1:04 pm

May 26th, 2012, 2:42 pm #1

like the French and early British ones-new vertical tail, different nacell rears, wind screen and what else?
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Joined: April 16th, 2011, 9:33 am

May 26th, 2012, 2:56 pm #2

hiya - its bit harder than you think.

Your are correct the fin and rudder need changing to the earlier narrower shape, but the entire engine nacelle and cowling is a different shape, so its not just the rears.

The glazed noze on the DB-7 is also a different shape too - so that would need changing.

If you can find a JGMT resin conversion - you are in luck. I have one of these and while they arent the easiset of converisons, they at least make the job contemplatable!

Alas - the early DB-7/ Havoc 1s ar einteresting aircraft. Your best bet is to hope someone like Special Hobby do one - as they seem to be working their way through Armee de'l Air twins!

Cheers

Jonners

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Joined: March 19th, 2007, 1:04 pm

May 26th, 2012, 3:27 pm #3

a B model though, which is in the AMT kit.
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Joined: April 16th, 2011, 9:33 am

May 26th, 2012, 3:37 pm #4

and the join between "glass" and forward fuselage is not quite the same. There are also differences in the foward machine gun ports too.

Cheers

Jonners



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Joined: August 24th, 2004, 8:51 pm

May 26th, 2012, 4:04 pm #5

re the 'pointy shape'? Looks the same to me in photos.

Joe

Average Modeler and Builder of legacy kits Beyond the Pale. Proud builder of 3' "shelf" models for over half a century; 4' for Spits.
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Joined: April 16th, 2011, 9:33 am

May 26th, 2012, 4:15 pm #6

Hi Joe - the front end definitely seems to be a different shape to the B nose.

Cheers

Jonners, fumbling for photos....
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Joined: January 18th, 2007, 6:05 am

May 26th, 2012, 4:57 pm #7

like the French and early British ones-new vertical tail, different nacell rears, wind screen and what else?
weren't the engines different too?? R-1830's vs the later aircraft's R-2600's??

Bill Shuey
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Joined: February 25th, 2009, 12:54 am

May 26th, 2012, 5:20 pm #8

like the French and early British ones-new vertical tail, different nacell rears, wind screen and what else?
offer the corrected cowlings?

Later,

Lee
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Joined: February 14th, 2007, 1:50 am

May 26th, 2012, 5:59 pm #9

like the French and early British ones-new vertical tail, different nacell rears, wind screen and what else?
http://hyperscale.com/features/2002/db7dk_1.htm
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Joined: February 26th, 2005, 11:31 pm

May 26th, 2012, 7:19 pm #10

weren't the engines different too?? R-1830's vs the later aircraft's R-2600's??

Bill Shuey
The DB-7s had R-1830s. When the DB-7A were built, they were equiped with R-2600s.
Ref Warpaint No. 32 and Paul Matt's Historical Aviation Album Vol. 15.

Chris
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