P-38 Lightning question
Posted October 08, 2002 - 04:35 PM
Posted October 08, 2002 - 04:51 PM
1 - the "KL" mod. This is my approach. It consists of drilling and tapping a hole on the cover that fits under your accelerator pump diaphragm. You then insert a set screw and locking nut. This will prevent the AP from opening too much thereby limiting the pump stroke. I used teflon tape on the threads of the set screw. I have had absolutely ZERO leakage.
2 - Taffy Mod. This uses a clamp that fits on the AP rod, which is external on the carb. It also limits the stroke of the AP by limiting movement of the rod.
3 - buy a P38.
Posted October 08, 2002 - 05:31 PM
Posted October 09, 2002 - 03:21 AM
Posted October 14, 2002 - 09:31 AM
There is another method called the Jason mod.
You let you AC pump fill up with trail grit that limits the return of the diaphram and thus the stroke. Trying to get just the right amount of trail grime in there and packing it down is a bit of an art but lots of fun trying to find it and get it in there
Oh yeah and the P-38 Lightning was a Persuite/Ground attack twin engine aircraft built by Lockheed I belive that saw action late in WWII. It was dubbed "The twin tailed Devil" By the Germans on the recieving end of it. The plane was a good ground attack aircraft but laqued power to menuver in air to air combat so it was upgraded with twin superchargers and became an admirable air combat figher with its 6 (I think) nose mounted multiple caliber guns and large ammo capcity. It was one of the first and most successfull platforms for non guided rockets that were retrofitted from ground based rocket launchers to the wings of the aircraft. Most pilots were very pleased with the P-38 Lightning except for one major short comming, with the engines mounted on two booms and the cockpit in a pod in the center, the aircrafts heating system was pittiyfull, more pilots suffered frost bite than combat loss or injury.
Posted October 14, 2002 - 01:15 PM
i'm told you don't use them in the states muchif at all. so a lot of blokes have been fitting small radio car model "wheelcollars" the correct size of which someone else may mention to you 1/8th" i/d sounds good.
pull the rod off and slip the collar on, adjust to correct amount of lift then drop the gaitor back over the collar to hide it.
tiz that easy.
the P-38. well it was a famous body filler over here. yup! isopons P-38. along with a bit of chicken wire it's responsible for duping more people than uri geller.
Posted October 15, 2002 - 01:21 AM
The aircraft did not have a heated cockpit as mentioned already. The P-38 was removed from the ETO late in WWII because of this.
On the contrary, in the Pacific campaign, the army air corps could not get enough P-38's. She could OUTURN a Japanese Zero (made by Mitsubishi).
The highest ranked US pilot during WWII was Dick Bong. He flew P-38s in the Pacific. He shot down 40 confirmed kills.
The P-38 shot down Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, on a carefully planned ambush, who devised the plan for the Pearl Harbor attack. (As a side note, Isoroku Yamamoto was educated here in the U.S. >> some college in California!!)
It WAS operational in 1942.
There is a book about her: P-38 Lightning: The Fork Tailed Devil.