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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:22 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:30 am 
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Excellent job guys. Now go find another one and do it all again! :rolleyes:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:52 am 
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I think it's worth posting in this thread that at Oshkosh Doc was awarded the Phoenix Award, and Doc's Friends received the Gold Wrench. Congratulations to everyone involved!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:25 am 
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Couple questions for the one(s) in the know:

Why have they not polished, and then eventually painted white, the area right above the cockpit? Is there something wrong with the metal that prevents it from being polished up like the rest of the airframe?

Also wondering whether there are plans to eventually add the 4 gun turrets to the airframe?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:09 pm 
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Sasnak wrote:
Couple questions for the one(s) in the know:

Why have they not polished, and then eventually painted white, the area right above the cockpit? Is there something wrong with the metal that prevents it from being polished up like the rest of the airframe?


I've been wondering the same thing for awhile. When the plane was rotting in the desert, you could see the area above the flight deck looked like it had paint on it...

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Sasnak wrote:
Couple questions for the one(s) in the know:

Why have they not polished, and then eventually painted white, the area right above the cockpit? Is there something wrong with the metal that prevents it from being polished up like the rest of the airframe?

Also wondering whether there are plans to eventually add the 4 gun turrets to the airframe?


Ever work inside a polished metal plane after it has been sitting outside ? That is why it is painted white, it gets too hot inside and every little bit helps

Doc never had turrets installed, so it is correct the way it is.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:39 am 
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Matt Gunsch wrote:
Sasnak wrote:
Couple questions for the one(s) in the know:

Why have they not polished, and then eventually painted white, the area right above the cockpit? Is there something wrong with the metal that prevents it from being polished up like the rest of the airframe?

Also wondering whether there are plans to eventually add the 4 gun turrets to the airframe?


Ever work inside a polished metal plane after it has been sitting outside ? That is why it is painted white, it gets too hot inside and every little bit helps

Doc never had turrets installed, so it is correct the way it is.


Matt,

Yes, I see your rationale, but that can't be the reason they have chosen this route. If someone from "Doc" confirms this, then I'd suggest they go ahead and polish the skin to match and simply place a white tarp (of that same size) on top for the times that it sits outside at an airshow. That way, he can look his very best while still staying a bit cooler inside.

And not having turrets can be considered "correct" for this particular airframe, but having them could also be considered correct for a flying B-29, especially one that has the stated "Mission" that Doc does. They did track down a gentleman that had a complete "set" that they were considering, but cost was a factor in them not purchasing them.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:01 pm 
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Sasnak wrote:
Matt Gunsch wrote:
Sasnak wrote:
Couple questions for the one(s) in the know:

Why have they not polished, and then eventually painted white, the area right above the cockpit? Is there something wrong with the metal that prevents it from being polished up like the rest of the airframe?

Also wondering whether there are plans to eventually add the 4 gun turrets to the airframe?


Ever work inside a polished metal plane after it has been sitting outside ? That is why it is painted white, it gets too hot inside and every little bit helps

Doc never had turrets installed, so it is correct the way it is.


Matt,

Yes, I see your rationale, but that can't be the reason they have chosen this route. If someone from "Doc" confirms this, then I'd suggest they go ahead and polish the skin to match and simply place a white tarp (of that same size) on top for the times that it sits outside at an airshow. That way, he can look his very best while still staying a bit cooler inside.

And not having turrets can be considered "correct" for this particular airframe, but having them could also be considered correct for a flying B-29, especially one that has the stated "Mission" that Doc does. They did track down a gentleman that had a complete "set" that they were considering, but cost was a factor in them not purchasing them.


Here's an idea: Buy the turrets and donate them to Doc, that should make you a substantial donor to whom they would listen about polishing the fuselage. It's a Win-Win!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:05 pm 
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I saw it not long after it had been moved into outside storage. At that time it had a perfect mirror finish but had only been outside several months. It sat outside for a few years. They will get it all done eventually with volunteer help. It is a daunting task. Their money has been on getting it airworthy and training flight crews.


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I'd just like to see them replace the rear top observation dome. It looks crazed and brown.

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The cockpit roof was painted white while it was in the military. The Doc folks painted as it was when it last flew in the airforce.


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They have much more restoration work to do, little stuff. They made a huge step in getting it flying and now they need to fine tune the restoration.


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Fifi has Turrets and she looks great. Doc does not and it still looks great! It is pretty cool to see two version of this bird. And I am sure they do not mind the weight savings of not having turrets on Doc.

As for the white roof, I am surprised it is not bigger and honestly, unless you are flying up there with Doc, who is going to see it on the ground? The drone photo folks, maybe? From the pics of Doc in China Lake, the white areas, both front and rear, appear to be much larger.


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I'm not sure where I saw it now but I swear there was a video a couple years ago where they were saying they had the turrets and would be installing them at some point after it was flying again.

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