I had to check on how to install the nose wheel doors properly.
The instructions seemed wrong at first so I went on the Internet to find out more.
Bossman had the same problem.
I’m working on the interior of my Monogram 1/48 B-24D and I have a question about the instructions – or maybe just about B-24D anatomy. It will take a little explaining before I get to the real question.
The instructions for this kit show the nose gear doors opening inward. That seemed a little strange, especially since there is so little room there. (if you are inclined to use lame puns you could say that the nose is a little stuffy)
The thing that I’m really questioning though, is the orientation of the door panels themselves. The doors are attached in such a way that you would think they were on a normal hinge. But if that is the case – then they seem to be oriented “inside out”. If they were to swing closed, the door panels would have a concave curvature compared to the convex curvature of the surrounding area.
Does anyone know – are these nose doors hinged or do they ride in a track – similar to the “garage door” type tracks that are found on the Bomb Bay doors of this plane ? Are the instructions messed up ?
The instructions are correct, they open “inward”on the B-24D. I just looked at my Detail and Scale on the Liberator and it shows this very well. Also the doors are hinged. It seems that some B-24Js were this way also (San Diego built).
Get yourself a copy of the Detail and Scale on the B-24.I will help a lot with major and minor changes associated with the Liberator.
Good Luck with your B-24D! Can’t wait until I have some time (and space) to build mine.
So I followed the instructions…
And added a few more parts as well.
Also visualizing the model.