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Belly Tanker, A Really Small One...


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#1 torinobradley

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

I was consolidating some aircraft parts I had gotten many years ago in a trade and came across a drop tank from I believe a 1/32nd scale P-51.  Of course, the first thing I think of is "belly tanker" as most of us car guys would.  The only problem was it's size.  At 3", it was a bit small for my normal scale of 1/24-1/25th.  Then, I compared it to one of the 1/43rd cars I had here and it looked about right.  A few calculations and at 1/43rd, this guy was just over 12' in scale.  Real belly tankers ran 13 footers so I liked it.  What to do about the motor, wheels and tires?  I found a Miasto Model A and a Hot Wheels Model T Roadster, both about 1/50th or so.  THe Model A donated it's wheels & tires while the T donated it's dual carbed flathead and radius rods.  While the parts aren't as accurate as I would like, they're still a fair starting point.  I'll be detailing them to be more accurate and in scale.  Still need to source a trans, rear end and front axle but hey, got the major parts in short order.  Here's just a size-comparison mock up:

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Size comparo with my iPhone:

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The carnage...

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I don't know how much time I can devote to this guy anytime soon but it's a start.  As always, comments welcome.


Edited by torinobradley, 28 February 2013 - 07:51 PM.


#2 crazyrichard

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:26 PM

yes yes yes ..
thats exactly what my plan was , buy a cheap earoplane kit and use the hull for a belly tanker !!
so awsome idea :lol:
cool !

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:39 PM

Heh. Cool!



#4 cobraman

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:59 AM

Love the belly tankers. Nice project.



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:04 AM

mr xydias would be proud!



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:45 AM

I've thought of a "real" scale Mustang donating a tank for a Lakester .. cool project!