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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:14 pm 
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Hi everyone,

I'd like to make this the official Build Thread for the Desert Rat/Tangerine.

Here are the first photos of many to come. It is our hope that this thread and our facebook page will help to
dispel some ideas that have floated around that plane isn't that far along etc.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:28 pm 
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Thanks for posting these shots - first photos I've ever seen of the actual Desert Rat name on the plane. Keep 'em coming!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:50 pm 
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Our facebook page has a nice collection of photos starting from last year. A few of us update it regularly with progress reports. Currently work is focused on the nose section with reskinning on the right side. Bulkhead 3 is finally being riveted together, and new stringers being installed. Mike and Chris are working on the very bottom skin under the chin. It wont be long before the front fuse will be complete. The aft end needs all the bulkhead parts pressed and treated and the final assembly can be completed too. The left stab is in place too, and it fit. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:36 pm 
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I've been following yall's work on fb for sometime now and i am always excited to see updates. just in the 5 months or so i've been following, it has come a long ways it seems. Please do be sure to let us know on here and fb about when your e-store is up. i remember a post on there about T-shirts :). I'd make a good guess there would be a good number of people on here interested as i know i am and i'm sure others would be :) keep up the great work.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:47 pm 
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Lookin' Good! Thanks for posting here on WIX, I think you'll get a good deal of looks and comments. Sometimes it seems there is an age gap when it comes those that use Facebook and those that don't - you'll cover your bases here. There's a lot to learn watching something like this come together, and it's exciting to see such a historic machine coming together by a dedicated crew as yourselves. Keep on Postin'!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:01 am 
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Thanks TriangleP! I'll be doing some postings over the next few days showing the progress made over the past year or so. (a lot of work has been done externally these past 12 months and really gives a good sense of how things are going.) and from now on we'll try to cross post our facebook postings to here at the same time.

now if we can get this thread put as a sticky near the top.....


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:24 am 
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Glad to see the Rat' here on WIX. I've been following over on Aerovintage and Facebook.

Thanks for sharing the progress on this fascinating project. 8)

I was very excitied to hear about the discovery of the "Tangerine" nose art.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:35 am 
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Travisd80elcam wrote:
............when your e-store is up. i remember a post on there about T-shirts :).
Travis


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:19 am 
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ktst97

there was mention on the Desert Rat FB page by the moderators, that they were working on setting up an e-store to sell t-shirts and such. I think it was posted on their FB page about 3 maybe 4 months ago. I know I had commented stating I would be interested. Hope that clears up your ?

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Travis,
Thanks for your post! I'm sure this will become one of my favorite threads on WIX. Please keep the photos coming. Even if some of us aren't posting, rest assured that we're looking and reading with great interest!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:56 am 
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hey guys
thanks for the sticky!!!! we will do our best to stay worthy of having that status. as for the e-store and tshirts and such. we are working on it. the problem is none of us work with webpages and websites for a living. we've been trying to put a paypal donation link on our facebook page but we seem to get it to work. we do have t-shirts for sale and we can come up with some kind of workaround.

we have them in many colors and sizes

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:32 pm 
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Here are a few more various photos of the work that's being done or has been done in the past few months


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:47 pm 
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Lookin' great! Congratulations on the sticky....and awaaaaaaaay we go!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:49 pm 
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Travisd80elcam wrote:
ktst97

there was mention on the Desert Rat FB page by the moderators, that they were working on setting up an e-store to sell t-shirts and such. I think it was posted on their FB page about 3 maybe 4 months ago. I know I had commented stating I would be interested. Hope that clears up your ?

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Thanks, Travis
I located this from 2/04/12:
"Coming to this page soon, soon as we can figure out how to do it, Paypal will be available for donations and purchases. We will soon have a small selection of memorabilia for purchase of the Rat!"

Will send PayPal donation when those folks are ready for such.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:24 am 
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Just wanted to let everyone know that last night the cargo floor was removed from the nose of plane. If you dont know the Desert Rat/Tangerine was converted in 1943 to the xc-108A. a cargo and troop carrier for use in the CBI theater. this caused major changes to the interior of the aircraft including adding a floor that was as wide as the aircraft and as long. As we work on each section, removing the floor is a major task as it is made up of many sections and riveted to itself and the skin of the airplane. This removal is a huge step in fixing all the damage done from bulkhead 3 forward, and will go a long way to finishing the work needed to re-attach the nose at bulkhead 3.

Pictures of this area will be posted asap


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