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Aircraft, Armor, Weapons and Ships by Topic / Re: Harrier and Sea Harrier
« Last post by Weaver on Today at 10:41:36 am »
Well here's an oddball find that I came across while looking for something totally different: a specialist calculator for AV-8A pilots!

Texas Instruments made a calculator called the TI 58 in 1977 whose unique selling point was a removable 'master library module' that allowed it to have different custom functions for specialist applications. The USMC commissioned a module for doing Harrier range/payload/fuel calcs:



More details on the very interesting Vintage Calculators site here: http://www.vintagecalculators.com/html/ti58_special_function_calculators.html#Harrier

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My Stash Just Grew Again / Re: My stash just grew again 2018.
« Last post by Weaver on Today at 09:06:51 am »
Two LARGE cans of Halfords Grey Primer.  :thumbsup:

After an excruciating 1.5 hour, 20 mile trip into Gloucester this morning. Quite how the contractors for the road works west of Glos can have the nerve to put a sign that says 'We're conscientious contractors' I have no idea! They haven't the first idea about traffic management.  :banghead: :banghead:

I have a long-running roadwork (new bypass) with traffic lights on the way to work, which is just past a regular junction with traffic lights. It all used to be fine, but they recently re-arranged the roadworks a bit, changed the light programming, and now it's a disaster. As far as I can tell, what happens is that the roadworks lights let more traffic through than will fit between it and the junction. Thus, if the junction's lights are on red, the traffic backs up into the roadworks, so when the latter's lights change, the traffic coming from the junction can't go through the roadworks, even though they're on green. This causes that traffic to back up through the junction, which jams it, and chaos ensues until the two sets of light get slowly into phase again. :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
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Aircraft / Area 88 1/144 - The White Swan (B-1 Lancer)
« Last post by strobez on Today at 08:34:48 am »
So, while every other one of my 1/144 Area 88 projects were on hold while I waited for eBay to deliver me some top secret supplies (although the front end of my MiG-23BNs arrived and the Bloody Screw (re)build is underway again), I decided to dust this one off the shelf.

This Lindberg 1/144 B-1 Bomber was originally purchased with this project in mind, but then I decided to repurpose the kit for my 1/72 scale Tintin Carreidas 160 build.  So I cut off the back end and taped it to the backside of a 1/288 (or something) 747-200.  I still want to see that project come to life, but I miscalculated just how small the cockpit area would be for a 1/72 scale build.  That turned out to be a game-breaker for me.  I hummed and I hawed about how to make it work... but in the end I decided I just didn't want to cheat as much as I would've had to.

So, the Tintin build is still seeking another donor (but I have my eye on one...) and the Lindberg B-1 got a new lease on life and a return to the destiny it was originally chosen for...

And then I put it back on hold.  After scribing the raised panel lines off on one of the wings, I stumbled across a posting that seemed to indicate that a re-boxing of the Dragon 1/144 kit (a far superior one) was on schedule for sometimes in 2018.  Well, I couldn't find any confirmation of that beyond a sketchy entry at Scalemates.com based (probably) on an even sketchier entry at Hannants.  Although those looked sketchy, the Dragon 2018 catalogue seemed to indicate that the B-1 was back in production for 2018...  but then so did the 2017 catalogue...

Anyway, after a few start/stops, this one had the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time while everything else was stalled...

So I'm back to scribing panel lines.



But there are both a lot and not enough of them... so I took a break to fix up the cockpit a bit.  It now makes a passing wave at reality... instead of having the crew fly the plane with their feet.



Back to scribing... and still more to do.

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Aircraft / Re: Bell AV-22A Mamba
« Last post by kitnut617 on Today at 08:28:18 am »
Another reason I went with the A-10 fuselage/sponson route and the way I've orientated it, was I wanted clearance under the fuselage. There will be a center pylon under there, which will carry various stores. Primarily will be a large fuel tank, F-15 style one. It could also carry a MER, TER, large bomb or even a JP233
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Aircraft / Re: A MiG-27 by any other name...
« Last post by strobez on Today at 08:18:14 am »
Got a bit more sanding done and then glued on the rest of the fins.  I'm pretty happy with the shape I think, now it's some fine-tuning to try and match the two halves together.  I had to stick numbers on them so I could marry up the canopies with the same jet I cut them off from.  The fit will already be suspect enough without me playing a game of three-card-monty.  :banghead:



I don't know about ALCMs... but I have a plan to turn the front end of a 1/144 F-15 into a fancy 1/72 scale anime motorcycle.  Not sure when I'll get that one into the rotation, but it's on the (mental) list.
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My Stash Just Grew Again / Re: My stash just grew again 2018.
« Last post by PR19_Kit on Today at 08:17:57 am »
Two LARGE cans of Halfords Grey Primer.  :thumbsup:

After an excruciating 1.5 hour, 20 mile trip into Gloucester this morning. Quite how the contractors for the road works west of Glos can have the nerve to put a sign that says 'We're conscientious contractors' I have no idea! They haven't the first idea about traffic management.  :banghead: :banghead:
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Aircraft / Re: Bell AV-22A Mamba
« Last post by kitnut617 on Today at 08:17:31 am »
Here's a couple of pics, showing how the sponsons orientate to the fuselage, top pic is without the wing in place. Also shows the front nose u/c gear





I had found that the V-22 and the A-10 had some similar features, they're about the same size dimensionally, the tail planes were similar and set about the same width which was another reason I went with the A-10 fuselage.

This pic shows the similarities of the fins. Although I'm using the A-10 horizontal surfaces, I went with the V-22 fins, but I altered them slightly by making the rudders a bit longer so the bottom edge is now down at the tail plane level. The A-10 tail plane already has chamfered ends to the elevators for rudder clearance so I didn't have to do anything there.



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Aircraft / Re: Bell AV-22A Mamba
« Last post by kitnut617 on Today at 08:08:08 am »
Here's a comparison between an V-22 and the AV-22.



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Aircraft / Re: Bell AV-22A Mamba
« Last post by kitnut617 on Today at 08:00:47 am »
In the front end of the starboard sponson, I've got the GUA-8 gun from the A-10 installed. Considering that all the gun is as in this photo, the ammo drum can be located in the fuselage. The feed and extraction belts can be routed through the stub wing.



Pic of the starboard sponson with the GUA-8 sticking out the front and with a comparison with a GPU-5 or GEPOD30 (which is a six-barrel version of the GUA-8)

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Aircraft / Re: Bell AV-22A Mamba
« Last post by kitnut617 on Today at 07:45:16 am »
This is probably a better pic showing the probe in relation to the prop and canopy, I could move it a bit closer to the prop though. But I've been told by he who knows, the prop blades actually flap --- reading about the prop-rotor that has been designed into it, so I need to make sure nothing really gets in the way of the prop.



Also in this view, you can see I had to revise the wing stub orientation for a couple of reasons. First one is because in my attempt to get the sponsons closer to the fuselage, I forgot about what clearance I needed when the inner weapons bay doors open. Also the way I had the stub wings attached to the sponson, also impeded on how the doors opened.  So now for an initial head-on attack just the inner doors would open, but in subsequent attacks, the prop nacelle would be rotated a couple of degrees, then the outer doors can be opened for firing RP's too.
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