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Re: The Wooksta!: Not a Spitfire Blog - comments thread.
« Reply #105 on: March 11, 2018, 09:43:54 am »
I think it was a bomber version given the October '39 date for the proposal, four RR Merlin XX or Bristol Hercules HE7SM, but the weight of the engines cut into range and payload hence it was abandoned.  Reference to a Hercules engined postwar trainer though - it'd look good with the blanked off turrets, although the late GR nose looks cool, Hastings or Varsity type engine cowlings and in overall Aluminium dope with yellow T bands and type D roundels. Or the transport scheme and big yellow panels for the Empire Training School.

Source is the Profile on the type, I have a hard copy but it can be downloaded here: https://boxartden.com/gallery/index.php/Profiles/Aircraft-Profiles/Britain/WW2/Vickers-Armstrongs-Warwick

Lots of good information in it - projects, type numbers, serials which include cancelled batches...  And some really nice colour profiles.

Airfix or Special Hobby - can we please have this in injection?
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« Reply #106 on: March 11, 2018, 09:48:10 am »
Ah yes, I've got that Profile up in The Loft, along with a pile of others about 2 feet high!  :o

I like the idea of the trainer with the blanked off turrets and yellow stripes. Rather like the RAF Museum's Wellington used to look when they first took it over.
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« Reply #107 on: March 11, 2018, 10:17:45 am »
I'm surprised that Vickers didn't use the Warwick wing for postwar transports.  A longer wing would give more lift - the Tudor was originally to have had a stardard lancaster wing but evolved with a Lincoln/Shackleton combination.

A lengthened Valetta with a Warwick wing could have been a bit more useful.
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« Reply #108 on: March 12, 2018, 07:28:48 am »
This "big aircraft" thing has certainly boosted your mojo  :thumbsup:

Good to see the idea factory back in full swing.
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« Reply #109 on: March 12, 2018, 11:25:10 am »
BOAC had some DC-7Cs, visually quite similar to the DC-6.

The ancient FROG 1/96 scale DC-7C came in that scheme. Amazingly I have two of them, goodness knows why......  :o
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« Reply #110 on: March 13, 2018, 07:59:27 am »
I have a Lancastrian conversion too. The idea is to put the Frog Shackleton wings on it (got a cheap one) for an 'ultimate performance' Lancaster-ish thing, but I can't decide what purpose to give it, and I also don't have a solution (yet) to the issue of whether and how to have a pressure cabin.

Role possibilities:

1. High speed/altitude unarmed bomber, like a big Mosquito essentially, possibly from Tony William's Foresight War universe.

2. Photo-recce.

3. Some kind of civilian research/transport/speed-record-for-class type.

4. Mothership for a British sub-orbital rocket plane, possibly an alternative to the Canberra/Britannia combination (which I don't like) seen in the Ministry of Space graphic novel.

Of course, some or all of those could be combined into an interesting history for a single airframe, i.e. prototype bomber/recce aircraft doesn't go into production at the end of the war, then gets used for space and/or other research programs.
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Re: The Wooksta!: Not a Spitfire Blog - comments thread.
« Reply #111 on: March 13, 2018, 09:11:15 am »
I have a Lancastrian conversion too. The idea is to put the Frog Shackleton wings on it (got a cheap one) for an 'ultimate performance' Lancaster-ish thing, but I can't decide what purpose to give it, and I also don't have a solution (yet) to the issue of whether and how to have a pressure cabin.

Role possibilities:

1. High speed/altitude unarmed bomber, like a big Mosquito essentially, possibly from Tony William's Foresight War universe.

2. Photo-recce.

3. Some kind of civilian research/transport/speed-record-for-class type.

4. Mothership for a British sub-orbital rocket plane, possibly an alternative to the Canberra/Britannia combination (which I don't like) seen in the Ministry of Space graphic novel.

Of course, some or all of those could be combined into an interesting history for a single airframe, i.e. prototype bomber/recce aircraft doesn't go into production at the end of the war, then gets used for space and/or other research programs.

Combine options 2 and 3.   A photo survey aircraft for either the Ordnance Survey or the Foreign and Colonial Office (photo mapping for the colonies before granting independence)........or you could go wild and give it a Nene engine (or something) sticking out of the blunt end as an engine test hack.
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Re: The Wooksta!: Not a Spitfire Blog - comments thread.
« Reply #112 on: March 13, 2018, 11:52:21 am »
I have a Lancastrian conversion too. The idea is to put the Frog Shackleton wings on it (got a cheap one) for an 'ultimate performance' Lancaster-ish thing, but I can't decide what purpose to give it, and I also don't have a solution (yet) to the issue of whether and how to have a pressure cabin.

Role possibilities:

1. High speed/altitude unarmed bomber, like a big Mosquito essentially, possibly from Tony William's Foresight War universe.

2. Photo-recce.

3. Some kind of civilian research/transport/speed-record-for-class type.

4. Mothership for a British sub-orbital rocket plane, possibly an alternative to the Canberra/Britannia combination (which I don't like) seen in the Ministry of Space graphic novel.

Of course, some or all of those could be combined into an interesting history for a single airframe, i.e. prototype bomber/recce aircraft doesn't go into production at the end of the war, then gets used for space and/or other research programs.

Combine options 2 and 3.   A photo survey aircraft for either the Ordnance Survey or the Foreign and Colonial Office (photo mapping for the colonies before granting independence)........or you could go wild and give it a Nene engine (or something) sticking out of the blunt end as an engine test hack.

What, like this one you mean?  ;D



Actually I've just realised something: AIM do a conversion for the Shack wings to add late Mk.3 outer nacelles with Viper turbojets in them.
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Re: The Wooksta!: Not a Spitfire Blog - comments thread.
« Reply #113 on: March 14, 2018, 02:22:02 am »
YES! That's exactly what I had in mind. Thank you for illustrating my comment so magnificently.
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Are losing theirs and blaming it on you....."
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