Hi Phil Thank you for your message. I was on my way to a party earlier this evening and the thought about using keys struck me as I recalled seeing those type of instructions on several other aircraft. And you have confirmed it for me.
I've noticed that some of the Lodestar models have DC-3 type cowl flaps and others do not appear to have any. However I looked at a video just before I went out of a formation flight of three Lodestars and I saw that the Lodestar from which the filming was done had Convair 240/340 type cowl flaps with just a panel opening up either side of the top intake. But it was a tricycle undercarriage Howard conversion, not a standard aircraft.
But the main thing is that, thanks to yourselves and this Forum I have sorted out all of my queries about the aircraft and I can now enjoy flying it.
Glad we could help in some small way in your enjoyment of flight simming in general and the Lodestar in particular! That's one aircraft I would have enjoyed flying in real life but it's not to be I guess. I retired from flying jets but I think the old prop jobs and the pilots who flew them back in the long-ago are the "real deal" so to speak! This web site and it's members and contributors reflect those days like no other to be sure. Happy flying!
PS...are you a member of Australia's Airways Museum web site? They've got tons of early Australian aviation history. Absolutely fascinating! I've spent many hours going through their material and I've only just scratched the surface!