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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Avro Canada CF-103 Archer
« Reply #1935 on: May 21, 2018, 05:05:17 pm »
Awesome Work,SPINNERS :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: i could just picture hearing an Alarm Klaxxon going off and Brave Canadian Pilots climbing into their Cockpits as a Voice blares from a PA,"Scramble,Scramble Intruder Aircraft Detected,All Pilots man You Planes,For Canada!" Think you could do a CF-103 as a World Air Force Plane? You Design looks like something You'd See in a Gerry Anderson Series! Keep up the Superb Work :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: Dan

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Avro Canada CF-103 Archer
« Reply #1936 on: May 22, 2018, 01:43:56 am »
I like these tiny Falcons under that huge aircraft... looks so contradictive!  :lol:

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Avro Canada CF-103 Archer
« Reply #1937 on: May 22, 2018, 08:21:10 am »
Falcon earned a bad reputation for 'missing' a lot, but that was largely because it didn't have a proximity fuse!  It wasn't actually [much|any] worse at intercepting the target than Sidewinder, but had to hit the target.

The AIM-4H would have resolved that with a laser proxy fuse, but funds for upgrades were cut and instead the inventory of Falcons was dumped.  It could well have been much better than late-60s variants of Sidewinder except for the lack of continuous-rod warhead.  50g+ acceleration and Mach 4 peak speed made it quite a close-in stabber; AIM-9D ambled off the rail at 20g and managed Mach 2.5.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Avro Canada CF-103 Archer
« Reply #1938 on: May 22, 2018, 09:47:59 am »
Yeah buddy. Them are cool.  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:

Makes me want to try to duplicate one but I'll leave it to some other more .. uhh...    time-having... modeller.  ;D   

Kits kind of pricey, too.  :angry: ;D
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Avro Canada CF-103 Archer
« Reply #1939 on: May 23, 2018, 08:17:48 am »
Falcon earned a bad reputation for 'missing' a lot, but that was largely because it didn't have a proximity fuse!  It wasn't actually [much|any] worse at intercepting the target than Sidewinder, but had to hit the target.

The AIM-4H would have resolved that with a laser proxy fuse, but funds for upgrades were cut and instead the inventory of Falcons was dumped.  It could well have been much better than late-60s variants of Sidewinder except for the lack of continuous-rod warhead.  50g+ acceleration and Mach 4 peak speed made it quite a close-in stabber; AIM-9D ambled off the rail at 20g and managed Mach 2.5.
The Swedes actually fitted the Rb 28 (aka licence-manufactured AIM-4C) with a proximity fuse, new seeker head (easier to cool and allowing limited all-aspect capability), and other "undisclosed modifications". :thumbsup:

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Avro Canada CF-103 Archer
« Reply #1940 on: May 23, 2018, 01:04:56 pm »

The Swedes actually fitted the Rb 28 (aka licence-manufactured AIM-4C) with a proximity fuse, new seeker head (easier to cool and allowing limited all-aspect capability), and other "undisclosed modifications". :thumbsup:

Today I learned!  Cheers.

I should have guessed that the Swedes did some tinkering. 

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1941 on: May 26, 2018, 04:47:24 am »


I thought I'd try 'normal' grey paint on the intakes with an unbroken fuselage stripe. It looks good but the stripe then follows the inside contours of the intake, not a huge problem I guess. The 'Alouettes' badge is all my own work (I've created port & starboard versions of it) and I'd never realised that, in Britspeak, the bird is a humble Lark.

The CF-103 will be entering RCAF service with the following squadrons;

No.409 Squadron (Blue & Yellow Rudder Stripes)

No.410 Squadron (Red & White Rudder Stripes)

No.414 Squadron (Black & Red Rudder Stripes)

No.416 Squadron (Black & Yellow Rudder Stripes)

No.425 Squadron (Black & Silver Rudder Stripes)

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1942 on: May 27, 2018, 04:10:19 am »
Avro Canada CF-103 Arrow - Royal Canadian Air Force

Serving with no less that nine front-line RCAF squadrons at its peak in the mid-1950's, the Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck provided all-weather defense against Soviet intruders and the four Canuck squadrons based in Europe from 1956 to1962 were, for some time, the only NATO fighters capable of operating in zero visibility and poor weather conditions. However, recognising the fact that the Soviet Union was working on newer jet-powered bombers the RCAF began looking for a missile-armed replacement for the CF-100 even before it had entered service and in January 1953 the RCAF's All-Weather Interceptor Requirements Team submitted a report to the Canadian Government outlining their requirements.

In response, Avro Canada came up with three distinct proposals;

1. A subsonic CF-100 development with a thinner swept wing and tail surfaces and with external missile stores (CF-100S).

2. A single-seat supersonic delta-winged aircraft with twin engines and external missile stores (CF-103).

3. A large two-seat supersonic delta-winged aircraft with twin engines and an internal missile bay (CF-105).
 
After a full year of reviewing Avro Canada's proposals the RCAF announced in February 1954 that they considered that the CF-103 represented the optimum balance between cost, efficacy and in-service date and requested that Avro Canada should be awarded a production contract for 200 CF-103's. To keep costs down the RCAF stipulated the use of two key 'off the shelf' items; the Hughes MA-1 fire control system (from the Convair F-102A) and the Rolls-Royce Avon afterburning turbojet (from the English Electric Lightning). Whilst both items were actually still under development themselves, they were considered to be a safer choice than any home-grown paper project and likely to reach maturity for the projected in-service date of 1960. The only area of risk was the decision to arm the CF-103 with the radical British ADEN 230 twin-barreled cannon in a streamlined semi-conformal installation carrying the cannon and with a 500 round ammunition drum stored immediately above and inside the fuselage.

The CF-103 used the then fashionable delta-wing configuration but with slab tailplanes and, in order to house a large radar set, the CF-103  used a solid nose with variable geometry air intakes on the fuselage with intake ramps and splitter plates which proved to be a perfect match for the Avon RB.146 turbojet engines each rated at 12,500 lbs thrust dry and 16,500 lbs thrust with afterburner. The aircraft was intended to be built directly from the production line thus skipping the traditional hand-built prototype phase and luckily very little re-design was required as testing progressed. On October 4th 1957, the same day as the launch of Sputnik 1, the first CF-103A was rolled out at Avro Canada's facility at Malton, Ontario eventually making it's first flight on December 30th, 1957 with Chief Development Test Pilot Janusz Żurakowski at the controls. Flight testing quickly demonstrated excellent handling and overall performance, reaching Mach 2.1 in level flight. Development was slowed slightly due to problems with the Hughes MA-1 Fire Control System and the ADEN 230 twin-barreled cannon but the first two CF-103A's entered service with No.425 Squadron on August 15th, 1961 in a ceremony at RCAF Namao, Alberta becoming fully operational by the end of the year.





Just to round off the CF-103 but I will come back to using the F-8MII for other stuff. Of course, the missiles I've forgotten to use are the Firestreak and RedTop and they will see service on the RAF 'Finback' in the future... or is it the past  ;)

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1943 on: May 28, 2018, 03:22:17 am »
Nanchang Q-5A 'Fantan' - Mongolian Air Force, 1989















The MiG-19S is an ever present in the 'Strike Fighters' line-up and it's nice to see it's developed Chinese cousins well represented with at least four versions of Fantan's modelled and whilst not at the same quality level as the stock 3D models they are quite passable. This PLAAF green skin required just a bit of touching up and some new decals to put it into service with the Mongolian Air Force and I didn't want to use my real world Mongolian 001 to 012 serials (from my MiG-21) again so I've created some new 4-digit 'stencilled' decals using the yellow from their national markings and also used the same yellow to create the 'alignment' markings seen on the wing fence and fuselage. I assume these are for formation keeping purposes??
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Mongolian Fantan's
« Reply #1944 on: May 28, 2018, 06:06:52 am »
LOVE the Fantans in those markings.

Never seen the alignment markings, but that makes sense.  Puts you in the right position.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1945 on: May 28, 2018, 11:17:57 am »
McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom - JG74 Mölders, German Air Force, 1975





Just a couple of shots (whilst I had my green crayon out  ;)) as I'll probably come back to this when I get a better F-4E/F template and can use the better features in SF2 including being able to re-colour drop tanks to your hearts content.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - German Phantom F-4F
« Reply #1946 on: May 28, 2018, 12:13:09 pm »
I like the Finback as a CF-103 Archer! :wub:

I have one in the stash with the intention of putting a bigger pure delta wing on it and 'selling' it as a Fairey Delta-something, i.e. an affordable compromise in place of the FD.3 in much the same way that your CF-103 is an affordable alternative to the CF-105.

On the AIM-4 Falcon debate, another of it's weaknesses, at least in Vietnam, was it's warm-up and seeker-cooling. Getting it warmed up (on the F-4) took a lot of switchology and a 20 second wait, neither of which is helpful in a dogfight. Then, once the electronics were warmed up and the seeker cooled down, the cooling couldn't be switched off, so if you didn't fire it within about two minutes, the coolant ran out, the seeker warmed up, and you were left with a perfectly serviceable but unfireable round sat on the pylon. :banghead:

Of course, neither of those problems was as severe when intercepting a large bomber, which is what Falcon was originally designed for.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1947 on: June 02, 2018, 05:51:15 am »
Folland Gnat FGA.55 - 1st JaVa Netherlands East Indies Army Air Division, 1963









The Ajeet comes with this excellent Indian Air Force Camo scheme to which I've added an orange rudder including the black border which I've previously avoided and then some NEI triangles, serial numbers and white mice as seen on their Fokker D.XXI's.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - NEI Folland Gnats
« Reply #1948 on: June 02, 2018, 03:39:30 pm »
Yeah buddy!
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #1949 on: June 03, 2018, 09:11:37 am »
Grumman F-109A Wildcat - VC-7, United States Navy, 'Red Star' Fighter Weapons School, 1966

During the first USN Carrier Deployments to the Gulf of Tonkin during 1963 and 1964, the USN top brass were appalled by the results of its F-4 and F-8 fighter aircraft during their initial engagements with the Vietnam Peoples Air Force. Whilst the F-8 was a competent enough dogfighter the handful of F-8 kills were scored with the AIM-9 Sidewinder missile mainly due to the 20mm Colt cannons jamming during high-G manoeuvers. USN F-4's were far less agile than the F-8's and were also handicapped by the official 'Rules of Engagement' requiring visual identification of enemy aircraft before firing the beyond visual range radar-guided AIM-7E Sparrow missiles.

Whilst an urgent study into rectifying the situation was launched a senior Royal Navy pilot, Lt Commander Dick Lord, whilst on secondment to the USN's VF-126 squadron at Naval Air Station Miramar, California introduced the USN to methods and tactics he had learned as a graduate of the Royal Navy's intense Air Warfare Instructors School in Lossiemouth, Scotland. First and foremost was structured air-to-air combat manoeuvering training using, wherever possible, dissimilar aircraft and with 'red' aircrew purposefully flying the mission in the style of the enemy. With limited funding, the United States Navy 'Red Star' Fighter Tactics Instructor Program was launched to teach ACM tactics and techniques to selected Naval Aviators and Naval flight officers who would, in theory, return to their operating units as surrogate instructors. 'Red Star' initially used USN A-4 Skyhawks and borrowed USAF T-38 Talons to simulate the flying characteristics of the MiG-17 and MiG-21 and in early 1966 received eight Hindustan Ajeet aircraft directly from Hindustan's Bangalore production line. Entering service as the F-109A Wildcat, the Ajeet's were supported and maintained in USN service by the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation. In service, the Wildcat's were flown by instructors pilots whose objective was to develop, refine and teach ACM tactics and techniques using the concept of dissimilar air combat training with the Wildcat pilot's replicating the performance of the Russian-built transonic MiG-17 'Fresco'. The eight F-109A's operated as part of VC-7 based at Naval Air Station Miramar from 1966 to 1980 and it's five surviving Wildcat's were scrapped when the squadron was disbanded on September 30th,1980.

















The silver IAF Ajeet skin has been modified by adding white control surfaces plus some stock USN decals with a simple 'crosshairs' tail marking that I knocked up. BTW I hear that Top Gun 2 is being filmed at the moment.
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