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    Default Introduction & N13HP

    Hello Everyone,

    This is my first post, and serves as somewhat of an introduction, of sorts. Paul Fisher, of www.fishermodels.com pointed me to this forum as a possible resource. I purchased his 1/32 scale Sea Fury recently, and now I'm looking to the forum members for some help.

    The reason I bought the model is not so easy to explain...you see, my son, Ray, was in the process of purchasing N13HP from the Breckenridge Air Museum when he crashed just after take-off on February 18. He was familiarizing himself with the plane, and it was his second flight that day. I attached a photo of Ray taken between flights, and the very last photo taken of him.

    I'm looking for recent photos of the Fury so I can build her as close to how she was, especially photos of the interior of the cockpit. I'm also looking for a photo of the warbird in flight, which I would like to enlarge and hang next to Ray's photo. I have been given a number of photos, but nothing that "rings the bell" if you know what I mean, especially in size that allows some enlargement (to 20x30 say). If you can help, I certainly would appreciate it.

    Regards,
    Ron Hofman

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    Quote Originally Posted by gto49 View Post
    Hello Everyone,

    This is my first post, and serves as somewhat of an introduction, of sorts. Paul Fisher, of www.fishermodels.com pointed me to this forum as a possible resource. I purchased his 1/32 scale Sea Fury recently, and now I'm looking to the forum members for some help.

    The reason I bought the model is not so easy to explain...you see, my son, Ray, was in the process of purchasing N13HP from the Breckenridge Air Museum when he crashed just after take-off on February 18. He was familiarizing himself with the plane, and it was his second flight that day. I attached a photo of Ray taken between flights, and the very last photo taken of him.

    I'm looking for recent photos of the Fury so I can build her as close to how she was, especially photos of the interior of the cockpit. I'm also looking for a photo of the warbird in flight, which I would like to enlarge and hang next to Ray's photo. I have been given a number of photos, but nothing that "rings the bell" if you know what I mean, especially in size that allows some enlargement (to 20x30 say). If you can help, I certainly would appreciate it.

    Regards,
    Ron Hofman

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    Welcome aboard! My condolences to you and your family, I only knew Ray through his reputation and I know he was a great guy. It was so exciting to see that Sea Fury back in the air again; such a tragic loss of pilot and plane.

    There are tons of great photographers here that more than likely have the photo your after.

    Scott Slocum has done a lot of aerial photography with the all the Texas-based warbirds. I don't see one of N13hp on his website, but he very well may have one in his collection.

    http://myshells.com/

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    Thanks very much... and for the link you provided. Some amazing photography there!

    I'm not 100% sure, but I have two photos of Ray's Boo Man Choo that may have been taken by Scott. If not, my apologies to the photographer. By the way, Ray is the pilot in both shots, with his wife in the rear seat flying in formation.

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    Regards,
    Ron

    Quote Originally Posted by CJAM427 View Post
    Welcome aboard! My condolences to you and your family, I only knew Ray through his reputation and I know he was a great guy. It was so exciting to see that Sea Fury back in the air again; such a tragic loss of pilot and plane.

    There are tons of great photographers here that more than likely have the photo your after.

    Scott Slocum has done a lot of aerial photography with the all the Texas-based warbirds. I don't see one of N13hp on his website, but he very well may have one in his collection.

    http://myshells.com/
    Last edited by gto49; 05-08-2014 at 04:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gto49 View Post
    Thanks very much... and for the link you provided. Some amazing photography there!

    I'm not 100% sure, but I have two photos of Ray's Boo Man Choo that may have been taken by Scott. If not, my apologies to the photographer. By the way, Ray is the pilot in both shots, with his wife in the rear seat flying in formation.

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    Regards,
    Ron
    You are very welcome! Yes Scott does some great work!

    I just recently saw that photo of the 4 P-51s but I can't recall where it was or who the photographer was. They look like some of Scott's other photos, also could be my friend Chris Ebdon (AV8PIX). -He may also have photos of the Fury.
    The P-51 shots were taken at the Wings over Houston show last year.

    http://www.fordgtforum.com/forums/sh...ng-Photo-Shoot

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    On Friday, I picked up the framed print of Ray sitting on the wing of N13HP. The photo was taken after his first successful flight of the day (with a cell phone), and only minutes later, he crashed and was killed.

    I'm still looking through the photos I have of the Sea Fury, to have printed and placed beside the photo of Ray. If anyone has a photo they can send me, I'd appreciate it. I'm also looking for photos of the interior cockpit so I can build the 1/32nd scale model as close to the way the plane was when it crashed.

    Thanks,
    Ron

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    We are going to miss our pit mate Mr. Ron. Ray sure did like to go fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyhdah View Post
    We are going to miss our pit mate Mr. Ron. Ray sure did like to go fast!
    He sure did, didn't he! Didn't matter what it was...bike, car or plane, he always pushed it to the max, and then some.

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