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The cockpits were pretty much bare, so I had to located and replace instrumentation. The ejection seats were still there, but stripped. The hardest thing I had to deal with is finding the real weapon control boxes. Only a few exist and are expensive when you do find them. I have found them on Ebay or from the German Air Force that until recently were still flying them. They retired them after twenty five years last October.

Bare Cockpit.F-4 Bare Metal.Front Instrument Panel Complete. Rear Cockpit Bare.F-4 White Primer.Ejection Seat Front.

I also had to complete a trailer that the aircraft would sit on. There I had a bit of a set back because when I set the aircraft down on the trailer, the weight bowed the five inch I-beams. Now they were supposed to support over 11,000 pounds, but things happen. So I had to weld plates to box in the I-beams. Also setting up the trailer so the cockpit rides with the right tongue weight and is safely secured without taking anything away from the looks was a bit of work. Then I had to design and build entry steps for the public to use while viewing the aircraft.

Cockpit Front. Rear Cockpit mine.

20mm:. Wow, so much work. You’ve mentioned a lot of the setbacks and difficulties you had along the way. Anything else that stands out on such a complicated project as this?

Ben G: Probably just that when you are designing something from scratch, something that is unusual, something where there are no reference books available as a guide, you have to expect there will be setbacks: Things that didn’t work, didn’t work like you thought they would, and just out-of-the-blue surprises. That’s the nature of the work and you have to take it more of a thought process and don’t rush it.

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Prince Aircraft Co. 68

Prince Aircraft Co. 68" diameter wood p-tip propeller


Aircraft Propeller Blade A7111D-2 Hamilton Sundstrand, Aluminum C-130 (DISPLAY) picture

Aircraft Propeller Blade A7111D-2 Hamilton Sundstrand, Aluminum C-130 (DISPLAY)


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Sensenich Aircraft propeller


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aircraft gt propeller


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McCauley propeller


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Hartzell 3 Bladed Propeller


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Warp Drive Propeller


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aircraft propeller blade Decoration


C-130 Aluminum Aircraft Propeller Blade 54H60 Airplane Art Mancave c130 prop picture

C-130 Aluminum Aircraft Propeller Blade 54H60 Airplane Art Mancave c130 prop


1918 100

1918 100" Curtiss OX-5 JN-4 Jenny WWI Toothpick Wooden Airplane Propeller RARE


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