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Offline 63cpe

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Kharkiv KhAI-30
« on: December 27, 2017, 12:53:34 pm »
Yep, and another project is started...How about a soviet, jet powered, doubled hulled airtaxi? Passengers are to be seated side by side and have their own entrance just like a British train.

This Kharkiv project was actually hatched during the Soviet group-build. But wasn't started as I had to search for parts and plan the project. I think I've got most of the parts, so got started.

First some pictures of the early beginnings:
IMG_20170317_221812056 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr
IMG_20170317_221723257 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr
IMG_20170317_221740888 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr

Now, fuselages got chopped up. Needed to make fuselage plugs. Made these from PVC tubing (for electrical installations, found in the DIY store) covered with 0,5 mm plastics and super glued. Cut to length and presto!
If you look close enough you'll see one of the cockpits had its canopy removed. This later to be covered with a clear "all round view" cover reminiscent to a sailplane canopy but wider.

IMG_20171227_103736040 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr
IMG_20171227_105926909 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr

Engines will be podded over the centre wing. The tubes in the tail sections will be cutout and holes filled. The engines I first planned to use had to be beefier to be  believable. This got me wondering about converting a B-52H engine pod. These needed to be soviet-ized (turbojet, not turbo fan). Fan section will be slimmed down, bottom of the enginebays will be re-contoured like DC-9 engines as the accessories have to be covered as well.

IMG_20171227_101952256 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr
IMG_20171227_101941438 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr

Plan to make cockpits (left and right planned to be the same, using etch parts for a Siebel Si-204) centre wing and stabilo tomorrow. Cutout the tail engines and fill the resulting holes..

David

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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2017, 01:44:11 pm »
But what are you going to do with the rest of the B-52?  :o :o :o
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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2017, 02:02:03 pm »
Ehm...use some parts for real world B-52 D and H. Maybe use wings for XB-53-like project...I dunno....yet :thumbsup:

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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2017, 09:53:54 am »
Very good project in this eastern double fuselage craft, thanks for the enjoyment! :wub: :thumbsup:
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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2017, 10:53:38 am »
Daily report on the KhAi-30.

Original tail engine is cut-out.
IMG_20171228_083924433 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr


Cockpits are completed and painted. Left and right are equal.
IMG_20171228_133826501 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr
IMG_20171228_133836317 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr
IMG_20171228_142217225 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr
IMG_20171228_142235188 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr
IMG_20171228_181204803 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr


Tails are putied, noses are glued on main fuselage and main fuselages are putied. Massive PSR coming up!
Anyway here a glimpse of the concept:
IMG_20171228_181211969 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr

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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2017, 01:26:18 pm »
What did you use for the donor fuselages?

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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2017, 01:32:35 pm »

What did you use for the donor fuselages?


I'd guess they're VEB 1/100 scale Yak-40s, yes?
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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2017, 02:13:42 pm »
Correct, actually the nu-bee repop...

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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2017, 04:12:17 pm »
Mad as box of Cossacks.
I like very much this <_<
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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2018, 01:59:42 pm »
Time for an update!

Midwing and enginepod is finished, fuselage almost finished (still some PSR to be done).

IMG_20180720_223255458 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr
IMG_20180720_223216703 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr
IMG_20180720_223525155 by Buddy Holly, on Flickr

Cheers!

David aka 63CPE
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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2018, 02:36:15 pm »
That's looking pretty awesome.  :thumbsup:

Tophe will LOVE it!  ;D
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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2018, 03:02:32 pm »
Yes. It's delightfully absurd. Love the cabin cockpit modifications.
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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2018, 08:40:39 pm »
It is great to see it near completion! :thumbsup:
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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2018, 02:11:49 am »
That does look good  :thumbsup:

Has the look of an ekranoplan about it from some angles.
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Re: Kharkiv KhAI-30
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2018, 03:54:02 am »
That's looking sexy. Weird, but sexy.  :thumbsup: