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Modeling Blogs / Re: Steel Penguins braying
« Last post by Steel Penguin on Today at 07:10:07 am »
a few more of the chally parts together, as long as its a few its each time im happy at the moment.
im still planning on the TSR next, so at the mo that's doing the dance round the room, wile it move between PC and painting desk.

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Must admit whilst building my current Defiant I got thinking about one with a couple of 250lb's or maybe even some 20mm under wing gun pods ?

During the "Invasion Scare" my father was  in a Defiant Squadron training for night fighting and when not doing that training for other anti-invasion duties.  Where he was posted there were various trials including fitting bomb racks under the wings of the Defiant.  Unfortunately he did not say if they were 250lb or the quad small bomb racks.  They also trialled strafing beach targets and circling over landing barges to pour the concentrated firepower into the hold.  A bit like modern AC-? series gunships. 

I have one of the old Airfix black plastic Defiants on the workbench just now being converted to the Army co-operation role to go with "his" black one I already have. 
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The RAF Centenary Group Build / Re: Blackburn Beluga
« Last post by tigercat on Today at 06:24:39 am »
apparently  they'd scale out  as 25mm

so would be whaler hunters beware
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The RAF Centenary Group Build / Re: Blackburn Beluga
« Last post by PR19_Kit on Today at 05:52:21 am »
20 mm cannon?
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Aircraft / Re: F7U-3 Cutlass conversion
« Last post by Old Wombat on Today at 05:29:33 am »
Airflow - yes.

Vortex - no.

Vortex would create flutter in the vertical tail-plane & cause control & fatigue issues.

What might work (I'm no aerodynamics engineer) is a vented LERX, with some air flowing up through the LERX onto the upper surface in front of the vertical tail-plane.
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EXCELLENT Thomas, that's a real blinder!  :thumbsup:

The backstory is a marvel too, a superb job all round.

Agree completely! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Aircraft / Re: Bristol 142m-2
« Last post by Scotaidh on Today at 04:31:24 am »
It doesn't need a purpose, it looks so good, just that it exists is enough for our admiration.  :thumbsup:

If you build it they will buy it?  Your idea of a better mouse-trap, Kit?  ;) 

I do know that the Germans almost never built a single-use aircraft - IIRC even their night-fighters had to have a bomb-carrying capability - and even insisted that most of their aircraft be capable of dive-bombing.  I think even their 4-engine twin-prop bomber was required to be strengthened for dive-bombing - I wouldn't care to be the aircrew for that!

Back to topic, though - why not a recon/pathfinder aircraft?  It could carry a few target-marking incendiaries or smoke rockets without adversely affecting its performance, and the turret provides some protection.  :) 
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Aircraft / Re: F7U-3 Cutlass conversion
« Last post by Scotaidh on Today at 04:21:41 am »
I say YES to a LERX. The one from f-18 might fit but take the inboard piece off the slat.
Made one slightly larger thand the f-18 one from styrenesheet for a project still not finished  :banghead:

Read once the lift generated by the LERX was big enough to lift the F-18 at some high angels of attack.

David

Yes - I'd lose some of the inboard leading edge slat, but I think the trade-off would be worth it.  A Google Image search of "F-18 LERX" turned up this image:



with its interesting claim of 50% increase in max lift.  (This was 'lifted' from a Digital Combat Simulator page - https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?p=2953434). 

The same forum discussion has an image of the Super Hornet showing that the LERX are solid - no gap.  While that would be easier to fabricate, I'm not so sure of the air-flow being useful.  I mean, the Hornet's vertical stabilizers are on the aft fuselage and canted outwards, so have their own air, so to speak; the Cutlass' stabilizers are almost sure to be blanked by the wing at any decent AOA, so they'd probably benefit from a bit of extra air-flow/vortex off the wing-root ... wouldn't they?

So now I need to buy a Hornet in 1/72 ...
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The RAF Centenary Group Build / Re: Blackburn Beluga
« Last post by tigercat on Today at 04:14:55 am »
More to come soon :)

So I think  that scalorama means it has 1 inch machine guns!!
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Aircraft / Re: Bristol 142m-2
« Last post by PR19_Kit on Today at 04:05:37 am »
It doesn't need a purpose, it looks so good, just that it exists is enough for our admiration.  :thumbsup:

Wow! That's philosophical! Kant school with just a touch of good old Plato?


Me, philosophical? Yeah, right............  ;D

There are those amongst the UK Whiff SIG community, those who know me well, who will be having hysterics at this point.  ;D ;D ;D
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