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The Rat's Nest
« on: November 09, 2013, 11:27:36 am »
On the go at the moment:

CF-100 X-wing

Mitsubishi Zero, circular wing (Zero, get it?  ;D)

Still on the Supermarine Swift, naval version

Another Tradewind/Bowrider, RCAF, but had a paint disaster that needs fixing.

A few other things I can't quite remember.

One that's finished and simply awaiting photographs is a cracked Zero egg plane, with a hatchling, a 1/144 job with yellow paint, pinkish brown legs and prop, and a pair of little black eyes. Still have to finish the back story, something about it being test flown by USN test pilot Al Bumen.  ;D
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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2013, 05:48:04 pm »
Might get this idea going again:



But I'm thinking of making it a lot simpler; a MkIII with Derwent Vs, and just remove the inner wing sections. Something in the dim misty back of my mind (or reasonable facsimile) tells me that aerodynamically it would perform much better, but I would like an engineer's opinion on that. The landing gear may be replaced with a trolley for take-off and a skid for landing.

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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2013, 11:17:49 pm »
You'd probably improve the drag even more by fairing the engine cowlings into the fuselage, a la CF-100, perhaps? There'd be a fair amount of form drag created by the turbulence as the air squeezes itself down those slots along the inboard sides of the engines.
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings

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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2013, 06:01:53 am »
You'd probably improve the drag even more by fairing the engine cowlings into the fuselage, a la CF-100, perhaps? There'd be a fair amount of form drag created by the turbulence as the air squeezes itself down those slots along the inboard sides of the engines.

Probably right. But my idea is a 'quick and dirty' conversion to grab the record, minimal airframe conversion. Might also leave the nozzles off to shorten the pipe.

Doing a quick parts mating indicates that the root design of the Airfix MkIII fuselage is almost exactly a match for the engine contours, so I'm not fearful of hacking at this one soon. Most likely an in-flight model, that way I don't have to scratch a take-off trolley or a landing skid. And a nice high-visibility scheme. Anybody know what paint matches the colour used on Hunter WB188? Still got some Guards Red from my Gnat drone project.
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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2013, 07:41:17 am »
Go Rat ! Love the look of that Meteor.

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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2013, 08:00:58 am »
Go Rat ! Love the look of that Meteor.

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So do I, but that's a lot of work, both for me and the hypothetical Gloster team. So it will be nowhere near as sleek, but one of these days I might just do that one.
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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2013, 10:12:48 am »
Here's a quick impression. Gun ports will of course be filled in, pitot may be moved, maybe not.

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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2013, 12:47:46 pm »
Hacking has begun!
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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2013, 02:59:35 pm »
Not long after the hacking began, more hacking began: from my torso. Wife and I have had a really bad cold all week, haven't done much at the bench because I don't want to leave pieces of lung all over something. Soon, I hope. 
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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2013, 03:32:05 pm »
Drink rye before bedtime....;-)

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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2013, 03:44:39 pm »
Tried a hot rum and brown sugar a few nights ago, it was a waste because I just couldn't enjoy it. Thought it was my hyperactive immune system that was the reason for it being so bad, but Monica is feeling it about the same.
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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2013, 06:31:26 pm »
Port wing attached, going to let it dry solid, a day at least, before attaching the starboard.
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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2013, 07:41:43 pm »
Go Ratty ! And pics please....

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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2014, 10:40:31 am »
GASSP-1* is just about done, just the decalling, not sure how much I'll bother putting on other than the number. Thanks to being sick and rushed there is one major aerodynamic glitch; a pronounced anhedral. BUT... Since this is the whiff-world it's easily worked into the back story. Just a passing reference as far as construction goes, but a major element in the flight regime. And rather than ripping glory from Chuck Yeager I've decided to keep his timeline intact, but not by much. Pics should be up soon.

*GASSP-1 may be followed by the GASSP-2, as seen in the original pic.
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Re: The Rat's Nest
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2014, 09:09:48 pm »
Sounds good Ratty ! I like the part about keeping Chuck's legacy alive.....besides, if you didn't, the other Chuck might show up and kick out your Larynx.

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