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An interesting side note on the elecopter: when flying at speed it turns its ears horizontal to reduce drag. It even uses them as a lifting surface. This naturally causes it to maintain trim by bringing its legs up and forward, further reducing drag. The trunk of course is stretched stiffly forward.

The worst thing that can happen in this situation is a sneeze, which destroys the streamlined airflow much like "viffing" in a Harrier jump-jet, and it comes almost to a dead stop in the air, with a comically surprised look on its face.

So many more models needed to document the colourful life of the elecopter!
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Aircraft / Re: Blanik
« Last post by loupgarou on Today at 11:51:55 am »
Well this build is going on hold for a while.
The first reason is that the paintwork has been a disaster. That lovely yellow undersurface was done with Vallejo acrylics, then I masked it for the next colour.
So far so good when I removed the masking tape, good old Tamiya/Kabuki tape, the yellow lifted as well.
I tried to touch it up and that worked, sort of.
Then after a few days, to let it really set, I just rubbed the whole surface with my fingernail.
Almost all the paint came of.
I was to put it mildly, totally guttered.
This was just before the Perth show, and I spoke to two well respected members of the SIG and found out that certainly one of them had also had problems with Vallejo acrylics failing to adhere to plastic.
Now, after some time trying to get my head round this I have decided to use a paint stripper and  get it back to basic plastic and use good old enamels.
So this build is on hold for a few months.
I have ordered the Special Hobbies 1/72 Blanik from the big H, and they will both be done in the same colour scheme. However as that would give the game away for one of the GBs later this year, I say no more.

A vertical take off glider !!  :o
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The engine is mounted so far back in the fuselage that a Pegasus mounting is
questionable.



Pegasus
Type: Twin-spool turbofan
Length: 137 in (3.480 m)
Diameter: 48 in (1.219 m)
Dry weight: 3,960 lb (1,796 kg)

Avon
Type: Turbojet
Length: 126 in (3,200 mm)
Diameter: 35.7 in (907 mm)
Dry weight: 2,890 lb (1,310 kg)

Perhaps a low-bypass version of the Avon?
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'Excuse me sir, do you realise how slow you were driving along the freeway?'  ;D ;)
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B-52 Bomber Takes to the Freeways From Everett to Museum in Seattle June 2-3



170-foot fuselage will arrive at welcoming ceremony Sunday, June 3 at 8 a.m.

SEATTLE, May 23, 2018--After 26 years of open storage at Paine Field, Everett, the Museum's 1959
Boeing B-52 bomber will be moved to the Museum's West Campus at Boeing Field in Seattle. Not flight worthy,
the plane was disassembled for shipment and most of the parts were recently delivered to the Museum. The
project's grand finale will be June 2-3, when the final sections (two 100-foot wings and the 170-foot-long fuselage)
will be trucked on separate flatbeds to Boeing Field. The plane will be restored and put on permanent display
in a new exhibit, the  Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, opening this fall.

 

To minimize traffic congestion during their 40-mile journeys on I-405 and I-5 freeways, the large, rare and
eye-catching cargo will make the 2-hour trip between midnight and 4 a.m. The wings arrive first. The fuselage
will be trucked on June 3, and will be staged near its destination so the public can join in a welcoming celebration
in the Museum's Aviation Pavilion at 8 a.m., when its drive will be completed in view of fans, veterans and
City of Tukwila officials. The outdoor welcoming is free, and the Museum will open for business an hour
early-9 a.m. with free admission to U.S. veterans.


MEDIA ALERT

Media are welcome to visit the B-52 on May 29-30 as it is being prepared at Paine Field, Everett,
for shipment. Please contact Museum PR Manager Ted Huetter to make arrangements. Media are
also invited to cover the events surrounding the fuselage's arrival on Sunday morning June 3..
Participants will include officials from the Museum, the City of Tukwila, Vietnam War veterans
and the volunteers who have spearheaded the restoration of the plane and the campaign for
its permanent outdoor exhibit (see Project Welcome Home).
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Modeling Blogs / Re: Steel Penguins braying
« Last post by PR19_Kit on Today at 11:01:37 am »

 As you say the Forest of Dene is a lovely spot


One reason why I live right here.  ;D

Good to hear about the DMU buffet model, I'll keep an eye out for it next time I'm riding the local rails.
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The Cold War G.B. 2018 / Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Last post by PR19_Kit on Today at 10:52:52 am »
It's an F-14XL.  :thumbsup: ;D

Cracking looking model Ed, even if it is giving you a tough time.
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Aircraft / Re: Bristol 142m-2
« Last post by 63cpe on Today at 10:45:00 am »
Thanks Fred!  Much appreciated.. Now progress is slow or very slow.. you choose. :-)

Meanwhile i hope to entertain you all with upcoming beauty pictures of the MiG-25 Foxbat-G,  Supermarine Stiletto F1 and another MiG thingy i've been working in for ages.
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Aircraft / Re: Blanik
« Last post by JayBee on Today at 09:56:19 am »
Well this build is going on hold for a while.
The first reason is that the paintwork has been a disaster. That lovely yellow undersurface was done with Vallejo acrylics, then I masked it for the next colour.
So far so good when I removed the masking tape, good old Tamiya/Kabuki tape, the yellow lifted as well.
I tried to touch it up and that worked, sort of.
Then after a few days, to let it really set, I just rubbed the whole surface with my fingernail.
Almost all the paint came of.
I was to put it mildly, totally guttered.
This was just before the Perth show, and I spoke to two well respected members of the SIG and found out that certainly one of them had also had problems with Vallejo acrylics failing to adhere to plastic.
Now, after some time trying to get my head round this I have decided to use a paint stripper and  get it back to basic plastic and use good old enamels.
So this build is on hold for a few months.
I have ordered the Special Hobbies 1/72 Blanik from the big H, and they will both be done in the same colour scheme. However as that would give the game away for one of the GBs later this year, I say no more.

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Great minds etc. etc.  ;D
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