OLD NUMBER 4, MAAM'S TBM-3
HERE ARE A FEW EARLY SHOTS OF THE TBM IN THE HANGAR. THERE WILL BE A LOT MORE TO FOLLOW.
MAAM-SIM uses digital photos to texture the exterior and interior of the 3D model as well as the panel and gauges in a technique we like to call "Extreme Photo-Realism". In the course of this project hundreds, perhaps thousands, of digital photos will be shot of every nook and cranny of the TBM. As we go, we'll post a sampling of these working shots here. Note: Many of the photos below are 1600 x 1200 pixels and are best viewed at higher screen resolutions than you might normally use.
MAAM TBM ENGINE START-UP AND WING OPERATION
CLICK ON THE THUMBNAIL PHOTOS TO SEE RUSS START UP MAAM'S TBM AND EXERCISE HER WINGS
USE YOUR BROWSER'S BACK BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE THUMBNAILS
Like all carrier based aircraft the TBM Avenger has folding wings to allow it to maneuver and be stored on the crowded flight and hangar decks of a carrier. The folding and unfolding procedure can be accomplished manually, but it takes a tremendous amount of effort. It's much easier to start the engine and let the hydraulics do the job.
On August 25, 2004, MAAM President Russ Strine and his father, Gene 'Pappy' Strine pulled the big blue bird out of the MAAM hangar at KRDG for a test of the folding mechanism. All went well.
AVENGERS AT THE MAAM WORLD WAR II WEEKEND SHOW