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Title: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 20, 2017, 12:19:47 am
The GB is coming to a close, but I think there's (still) time for another one - major kitbash again. It's inspired by a CG rendition of a Yak-38/AV-8B fuzzy bunny I came across several months ago. And while the depicted concept is a bit fishy, I think that it bears potential for a hardware build, with some "improvements". Basic idea is/will be: what if the Yakovlew built an inproved, subsonic VTOL attack aircraft for the land forces - outfitted with only a single engine like the Harrier, but still based on the Forger's experience? A kind of Harreirski... Should be interesting! No NATO code settled, yet, though, and I'd call the object tentatively Yak-138.  ;)

Stay tuned...  :mellow:
Title: Re: No. 6 Idea +++ Yak-138: A VTOL fighter for the Soviet Tactical Forces
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 20, 2017, 01:41:40 am

The GB is coming to a close, but I think there's (still) time for another one - major kitbash again.


Only one?  :o :o ;)
Title: Re: No. 6 Idea +++ Yak-138: A VTOL fighter for the Soviet Tactical Forces
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 20, 2017, 02:05:11 am
Patience, please... There's still so much time left!  ;)

BTW, I found (another one, not the original CG artwork I came upon) some visual reference:

(http://www.sas1946.com/images/imageshit/a/img30/7829/rsql.jpg)

My interpretation will look different, though. No AV-8B parts, but the tail section (with OOB twin nozzles) from a Kangnam/Revell Yak-38, mid-fuselage with air intakes and bypass vectored nozzles from an old Matchbox Harrier, and a new nose/cockpit grafted to it, probably from an Academy MiG-27. Wings will remain shoulder-mounted, but I prefer Yak-38 parts.
Landing gear is scheduled to be a tricycle arrangement, no outriggers/tandem landing gear. Not certain if this will work - we will see when I apply the chain saw.  :angel:
Title: Re: No. 6 Idea +++ Yak-138: A VTOL fighter for the Soviet Tactical Forces
Post by: sandiego89 on April 20, 2017, 02:41:01 pm
Excited about this one- I have a V/STOL problem....
Title: Re: No. 6 Idea +++ Yak-138: A VTOL fighter for the Soviet Tactical Forces
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 20, 2017, 11:34:35 pm
Hmmm, I cannot find the Harrier wreck - specifically the fuselage - earmarked for this build anymore!? Already had put it aside, very strange... Might have to dig through the piles, I might have another NIB (yet incomplete) Matchbox Harrier somewhere, IIRC...

@sandiego89 - V/STOL problem in which way?
Title: Re: No. 6 Idea +++ Yak-138: A VTOL fighter for the Soviet Tactical Forces
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 22, 2017, 05:46:43 am
The Harrier fuselage turned up again - I had forgotten it in the paint strip bath (with oven cleaner foam). Anyway, upon closer inspection I eventually settled for the OOB Harrier - better some clean parts for this triple-bashing (*insert insane laughter here*):

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2877/34038359212_37686e6c66_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TRRujh)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/TRRujh) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Things already got moving. The benchmark is clear, as well as what I want to achieve, but the most entertaining part is IMHO this early stage when you try to combine things that were NEVER meant to be. Like the fuselages of a Yak-38 and a Harrier - plus the MiG-27 cockpit:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2948/33353153324_97f6cf8c7e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SPiCtE)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/SPiCtE) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

The latter receives some side consoles and a bulkhead at the rear of the cockpit is added.

Chainsaw masscre next - how to create one new fuselage? After some trials and guesstimates, I came up with this solution:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2843/34155004926_691e6fb3e8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U3ak2h)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/U3ak2h) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

I want to retain the front vectored nozzles from the Harrier, but combine it with the bifurcated exhaust of the Yak-38. Since the Forger's fuselage is considerably longer than the Harrier's, work started on the lower half of the Yak's fuselage, from which I took the klanding gear wells, the tail, and cut out a plug between them:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2853/34195586685_79760865df_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U6KjyM)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/U6KjyM) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


From the Harrier, the nozzle mounts and the spine with the wing roots were retained, and the cockpit cut off:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2912/34154998696_a50fd92072_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U3aiaS)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/U3aiaS) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

The upper Yak-38 fuselage half was a good pattern for the combination of the leftover lower parts. With that length settled, I now could measure those sections which I'd need from the upper Forger fuselage half, so that it fills the remaining "gaps":

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2830/34064744211_6c20e34366_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TUbHE4)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/TUbHE4) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

And this here is the result - most amazing to me, bot fuselages have relatively similar diameters and shapes, this should actually work well!

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2873/33353140754_afeb64d0ef_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SPiyJW)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/SPiyJW) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Further detail work was also already done the Harrier's vectored thurst nozzles. I could have taken them OOB, but I want a different look, so I scratch new exhauts from styrene profile:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2819/34154992026_8ce21406f7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U3agbS)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/U3agbS) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2945/34195574395_86b42edffc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U6KfUT)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/U6KfUT) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

At the moment, the cockpit interior has been painted (Soviet cockpit teal, of course), some lead was added and now the Flogger's nose section is drying.

Stay tuned, comrades!  :mellow:
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138: A VTOL fighter for the Soviet Tactical Forces
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 23, 2017, 05:35:07 am
Things keep moving. For the action pics later I decided to add a mechanism to the rear vectored nozzles so that they can be mounted in vertical and horizontal position (the Harrier nozzles will remain loose, too). O.K., it's just a styrene plug and two holes in the hull, but it works.  ;)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4187/33375039124_08ea6d2701_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SReNn3)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/SReNn3) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4165/34086266081_7233819e02_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TW62mM)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/TW62mM) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Then we have a first impression of the overall lines of the Yak-138; the rear fuselage has been "combined", and now I try to fit the MiG-27 cockpit; the fin is just dry-fitted.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2914/34086257861_fbce38b94e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TW5YV4)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/TW5YV4) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Looks better than expected! But the nose is relatively long (compared with the stubby Harrier, so I took away 2-3mm from the fuselage front end. I also switched plans: initially I just wanted to use the Harrier intakes, since they look like a larger version of the Yak-'38's, and they come with open auxilliary intakes. But the more I looked at the "edgy" nose section, the more I felt that I needed something different. So I tried the boxy MiG-27 intakes, and I think that they will be a good alternative - also for a less Harrier-esque look?

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4157/34176422066_2a5c4e5046_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U546Aj)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/U546Aj) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

In the meantime, the rear fuselage receives an initial, rough PSR treatment:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2950/34086249341_642cf5f94b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TW5Woa)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/TW5Woa) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2888/34086242081_263e3298d8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TW5UdZ)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/TW5UdZ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

The profile does not look bad at all!  :lol:

Back to the front end: well, the round Harrier shape and the square MiG-27 front end do not really match up well, even though size.-wise the parts are O.K. So there will be more and massive body work necessary in order to combine both design worlds:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2866/34059703522_ce51009602_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TTJTeC)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/TTJTeC) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2861/34086238461_233c8a8abf_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TW5T9z)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/TW5T9z) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Initial work is done with 2C putty, filling the gaps and blending the shapes roughly:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4185/34086234681_ea65401d74_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TW5S2p)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/TW5S2p) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2882/34176409296_8b99d8df94_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U542N9)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/U542N9) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

More challenges ahead, though. I feel that the plan to use the OOB Yak-38 wings and stabilizers won't work, either - they are already pretty small for the original aircraft, and the Yak-138 has a much more massive fuselage. I think that bigger surfaces will be necessary - either with a stretched wing span (wing root plug, maybe 5mm per side will be enough) or complete donor wings.

Stay tuned...
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Captain Canada on April 23, 2017, 06:24:23 am
Great work so far ! Love how easy you make it look ! Now stop it ! I mean, keep going ! lol Love the mix of a/c what a great mix it's like a whif within a whif  :bow:
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 23, 2017, 06:54:53 am
Yup, kit-bashing at it's best! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 23, 2017, 10:11:44 am
Thank you. I need some encouragement, since things run a bit amok. Settled for the new wings option (pics to follow), again not the simple approach, and I guess that the Yak-138 will need new stabilizers, too. But I like the look of this thing. Reminds me alot of the SEPECAT Jaguar, and there's still some Yak-38 heritage left. Messy, though...
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Gondor on April 23, 2017, 04:01:38 pm
SEPECAT Jaguar wings, sounds like a plan to me  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 24, 2017, 02:00:52 am
I actually have a pair in the stash - but these are already earmarked for another conversion project...  :rolleyes:

Anyway, I have found another donor solution - and it even comes with wing fences, so we keep in the intended Sovier style!
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 24, 2017, 09:38:09 am
Well, the wing alternative consists of drastically clipped double delta wings from a PM Model Su-15:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2941/33860599460_8cab85a9e5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TA9qwY)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/TA9qwY) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Pretty radical move, because the (very shallow) landing gear wells have to be filled, the tips get clipped in order to accept the Yak-38 tips with puffer jet nozzles, the leading edge re-constructed and the trailing edge also needs some treatment (kinked trailing edge like the Yak-38, and the rear end needs to be trimmed/slimmed down). But the result does not look bad, the wing fences are a welcome bonus:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2868/33403256494_d71e267554_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/STJqpq)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/STJqpq) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


In the meantime: body work on the intakes and the front fuselage interscetion continues:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4166/33403254304_6af6647b6e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/STJpKE)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/STJpKE) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2874/33434144763_bceeabafc1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SWsJpM)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/SWsJpM) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


...and during another PSR/drying phase, the wings could be mounted - looks like an aircraft now!  :wacko:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2814/34203886926_2992ca923e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U7tRWo)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/U7tRWo) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Stay tuned...
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 24, 2017, 11:54:16 pm
In the meantime, a solution for the horizontal tailplane was found, too: found a pair of F-16C/D stabilizers (from an Intech kit), which will be trimmed down a little so that span and surface are a better match to the beefy Yak-138 hull. With them in place, the thing reminds me a lot of an A-4 Skyhawk?

Since yesterday, the kit also stands on it own legs, and it looks good. Main struts come from the Yak-38, but I will mount the more voluminous Harrier balloon wheels. The front leg comes from the MiG-27, incl. the twin wheels, but will retract forward.

Concerning armament, I found a leftover GSh-23-2 pod from a MiG-21 in the spares box, and the kit will receive five hardpoints. Initial olan was seven (three per wing), but that looked too crowded, esp. with the front jet exhaust. Ordnance will probably consist of a pair of R-60 AAMs on a twin launch rial, a guidance pod and a pair of AS-7 "Kerry" ASMs inboards, while the ventral pylon remains free.

For the machine's livery I will revert to a typical Soviet Frontal Aviation four-tone paint scheme with blue undersides. Should look odd on a Yak-38-esque aircraft, and I have found a rather mottled variant on a late Eighties MiG-21 for the build.
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: zenrat on April 25, 2017, 03:20:00 am
What inspired you to use Forkbeard Dizz?  Not John Norman's Marauders of Gor was it?  ;D
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 25, 2017, 07:36:40 am
Hmm, rather desperation to find a "new" NATO code. No idea what you refer to?! Not certain if the code name persists, though, since I'd rather like something that reflects the machine's VTOL capability.
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 25, 2017, 09:12:43 am
More news from the ER: the "new" stabilizers (clipped F-16C/D vs. OOB) in detail...

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2883/34107886322_8df0831ee3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TXZQiy)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/TXZQiy) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

...and mounted to the fuselage:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2867/34265048965_3a87d25919_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/UcTkhi)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/UcTkhi) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


With the landing gear, canopy and some other small things added, we're now this far:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2809/34134268271_06c95de8e1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U1k3JK)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/U1k3JK) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2948/33455123073_a6e68ef0be_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SYjfwM)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/SYjfwM) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: DogfighterZen on April 25, 2017, 04:27:20 pm
I say that's looking very good!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: zenrat on April 26, 2017, 03:58:49 am
Hmm, rather desperation to find a "new" NATO code. No idea what you refer to?! Not certain if the code name persists, though, since I'd rather like something that reflects the machine's VTOL capability.

The Gorean Saga is a series of fantasy novels by John Norman set on the planet Gor.  To call them pulp is demeaning the word.
Violent, mysogenistic and predictable I wouldn't recommend them to anyone.  I read some of them as a youth when I didn't know any better and enjoyed that sort of thing.
Ivar Forkbeard is a character in Marauders of Gor, the ninth book in the saga.

Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 26, 2017, 07:28:55 am
Sounds very pirate-esque?  :o

I am still searching for an alternative code, though. "Forkbeard" is not settled.  ;)
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: zenrat on April 27, 2017, 04:55:29 am
I'm not going to use F**kwit.  You can have that if you dare. ;D
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Snowtrooper on April 27, 2017, 05:46:18 am
"Flakbait"? ;D
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 27, 2017, 10:41:57 am
The color range for the tactical scheme:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4166/34147835962_29242f13e9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U2wzWs)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'XXX'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/U2wzWs) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


...and this is what it looks like in its initial form:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2813/33463721694_9f33ed23da_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SZ5jAS)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'XXX'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/SZ5jAS) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4176/33463718514_1ceaf5a806_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SZ5iE3)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'XXX'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/SZ5iE3) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2877/33463715694_b25179400e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SZ5hPq)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'XXX'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/SZ5hPq) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Forkbeard) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: sandiego89 on April 27, 2017, 02:38:21 pm
Fantastic Dizzy! 

Did you have a real engine in mind?  I realize this is a WHIF, just curious.  Keep it up.
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 28, 2017, 02:00:54 am
Yes, but a fictional one. My choice fell on a derivative of the NK-32 engine (the one that powers the Tu-160) sans afterburner - the only turbofan engine with potentially enough dry thrust for VTOL in the Harrier's class and in the model's time frame...

As a side note, I settled for the NATO ASCC code "Flitchbeam" for this one. Helplessly pointless, but sounds good on the radio.  ;)
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 29, 2017, 06:36:24 am
Panel shading after a light black ink wash...

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(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4188/34208483041_03f448e57a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U7TqcK)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/U7TqcK) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


...and decals and other markings:

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(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2845/34298108466_8e55dc2b43_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/UfNLHG)1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/UfNLHG) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: AXU on April 29, 2017, 12:52:43 pm
I've always liked your surgeries Dizzy  :thumbsup: great job on this one!
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 30, 2017, 02:18:34 am
Thank you very much. Almost done now, beauty pics about to be shot. The thing looks so innocent on the shelf, it's really subtle. At first you think "Oh, a Soviet Jaguar", then you recognize the Yak-38 fin and eventually the vectoring nozzles and start to wonder "What, no, this is not a Yak-38, and also no Harrier in disguise, WTF...?". The tactical scheme suits the machine, well, too, it's a very balanced "package" - I am really surprised, esp. when you take into account the messy body work until we got here.  :lol:
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: su27rules on April 30, 2017, 04:09:08 am
 :thumbsup: :wub:
Title: Re: No. 6 WiP +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 30, 2017, 04:55:23 am
 ;D
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 01, 2017, 12:00:59 am
Ladies and gentlemen, we have lift-off...!

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/T5kByQ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/TLLQrj) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/T5kC8W) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr



Some background:
The Yakovlev Yak-38 (Russian: Яковлева Як-38; NATO reporting name: "Forger") was the Soviet Naval Aviation's first and only operational VTOL strike fighter aircraft, in addition to being its first operational carrier-based fixed-wing aircraft. It was developed specifically for and served almost exclusively on the Kiev-class aircraft carriers.

Some specimen of the initial variant were tested during the Soviet Union's intervention in Afghanistan. These trials revealed several weaknesses of the construction in the form of unacceptable hot and high capabilities as well as a low payload. A further development for the Soviet Navy was therefore decided in August 1981, the abilities of which were fixed in October 1982. Already in November 1982 the first flight experiments of the prototype, leading to the Yak-38M, took place. In mid-1983 the manufacturing tests were completed and the production release was granted.

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/UmK85z) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/UmK5WX) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Anyway, the Soviet Air Force also had interest in a VTOL attack aircraft, which could provide CAS duties in immediate front line theatres, complementing the new Suchoj Su-25 Frogfoot and various attack helicopter types - but the Yak-38 was outright rejected. The Frontal Aviation demanded a much better performance, a dedicated avionics suite for ground attack duties and a higher payload of at least 2.500 kg (5.500 lb) in VTOL mode, plus an internal gun, and 3.000 kg (6.600 lb) when operating in C/STOL mode at sea level and from semi-prepared airstrips. For its primary ground attack role, the machine was also to be armored against projectiles of up to 0.5” around the lower hull and against 20mm rounds in the cockpit section. Finally, the machine had to be, compared with the Yak-38, simplified and be more rugged in order to ease frontline service and endure survivability.

OKB Yakovlev accepted the challenge and dusted off studies that had been undertaken during the Yak-38’s design stage. One of these was the Yak-38L (for 'lift/cruise'), a design built around a single, modified the AL-21F turbojet with vectoring nozzles and no lift engines, which were just dead weight in normal flight. This route seemed to be the most promising option for the Frontal Aviation's demands, even though it would mean a severe re-construction of the airframe.

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/TLLTQJ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/Ui5ZAm) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/UmK2De) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


The new aircraft, internally referred to as 'Izdeliye 138', was based on the Yak-38 airframe, but adapted and literally built around a lift/cruise variant of the large Kuznetsov NK-32 low bypass turbofan engine (originally, with an afterburner, powering the late Tu-144 airliners and the Tu-160 bomber). This engine’s initial derivative, NK-32L-1, adapted for operation with four vectoring nozzles, had a dry thrust of roundabout 110 kN (25,000 lbf) – about 10% more than the Yak-38’s engine trio all together. And the massive engine bore potential for at least 10% more power for the service aircraft.

The overall layout differed considerably from the long and sleek Yak-38: in order to create enough space for the large turbofan stage and its bigger, fixed-configuration air intakes, the fuselage had to be widened behind the cockpit section and the wings' main spar was moved upwards, so that the wings were now shoulder-mounted. The overall arrangement was reminiscent of the successful Hawker Harrier, but differed in some details like the landing gear, which was a classic tricycle design.
Cold air from the NK-32L’s initial turbofan stage was ducted into vectoring nozzles at the forward fuselage flanks, just in front of the aircraft's center of gravity, while the hot exhaust gasses passed through a bifurcated jet pipe through another pair of vectoring nozzles behind the CoG, in an arrangement which was also used in the Yak-38.
Slow speed control was ensured through puffer jet nozzles, fed by bleed air from the engine and placed on both wing tips as well as under the nose and in the aircraft’s tail section.

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/UmJXDF) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/Ui63t5) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/UmJY2V) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Teething troubles with the new engine, as well as the new, vectored nozzle arrangement, postponed the Izedeliye 138 prototype’s first flight until March 1986. Work was also slowed down because OKB Yakovlev had been working on the supersonic Yak-41 V/STOL fighter for the Soviet Navy, too. The Soviet Air Force's Frontal Aviation kept interested in the project, though, since they wanted a dedicated attack aircraft, and no complex multi-role fighter.

State acceptance trials lasted until mid 1987, and a total of four prototypes were built (including one for static ground tests). The Yak-138 was found to be easier to handle than the Yak-38, and the single engine made operations and also the handling during flight mode transition much easier and safer.
The prototypes were soon followed by a pre-production batch of 21 aircraft for field trials in frontline units. By then, the NK-32L had been much improved and now offered 137 kN (31,000 lbf) of thrust for short periods, which made it possible to meet all the Frontal Aviations requirements (esp. the call for 2.000 kg ordnance in VTOL mode).
Among its test pilots, the Yak-138 was quite popular and called "Balkon" ("Balcony") because of the good frontal view from the armored cockpit (offering a 17° downwards sight angle).

For frontline service, the aircraft was now equipped with sophisticated avionics, including a Sokol-138 navigation suite with a DISS-7 Doppler radar and a digital computer. A comprehensive ECM suite was installed for self-defence, including SPS-141 and SB-1 active jammers, KDS-23 chaff/flare dispensers built into the ventral pylon and an SPO-10 radar himing and warning system.

In accordance with the Yak-138‘s strike and low-level attack requirements, provisions were made to mount missiles and precision-guided munitions, as well as retaining a nuclear capability in line with other Soviet combat aircraft. An S-17VG-1 optical sight was fitted, as well as a  laser rangefinder and marked-target seeker behind a flat, sloped window in the lower nose section.In the upper nose, between the aircraft's two characterisitic pitot booms, a Delta-2NG beam-riding missile guidance system antenna was placed in a small bullet fairing.

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/Uabx9e) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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By 1989, the initial batch of aircraft had been delivered (receiving the NATO ASCC code 'Flitchbeam') and successfully tested. An order for 42 more aircraft had been placed and a dual training facility with the Soviet Navy at Kaspiysk AB in the Dagestan region (where Soviet Navy Yak-38U trainers were used for transitional training) established , when the disruption of the Soviet Union suddenly stopped the program in 1991 before the Yak-138 could enter production and service on a large scale.

Most of the machines in Frontal Aviation service fell to the Ukraine, where most of the machines had been based. This situation sealed the fate of the promising Yak-138 more or less over night: the now independent Ukraine did not want to keep the exotic type in its arsenal (together with some Yak-38s of the former Soviet Navy, too), and Russia did not want (and could simply not afford) to pay anything for the machines, which had been offered for an unknown sum.

Officially, all Ukrainian Yak-138 were scrapped until 1994, even though rumor has it that one or two airframes had been sold behind the scenes to China. In Russia only five specimen had survived, and since the spares situation was doubtful none could be kept in flying condition. One Yak-138 was eventually handed over to the Ulyanovsk Aircraft Museum, while the rest was either mothballed or scrapped, too. Unfortunately, the sole museum exhibit was lost in 1995 in a fire accident

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/T5kHeh) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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General characteristics:
    Crew: One
    Length (incl. pitot): 15.84 m (51 ft 10 1/2 in)
    Wingspan: 8,17 m (26 ft 9 in)
    Height: 4.19 m (14 ft 3 in)
    Wing area: 24.18 m² (260.27 ft²)
    Empty weight: 7,385 kg (16,281 lb)
    Max. takeoff weight: 11,300 kg (28,700 lb)

Powerplant:
   1x Kuznetsov NK-32L-2 turbofan engine, rated at 137 kN (31,000 lbf)

Performance:
    Maximum speed: 1,176 km/h (730 mph; 635 knots) at sea level
    Combat radius: 230 mi (200 nmi, 370 km) lo-lo-lo with 4,400 lb (2,000 kg) payload
    Ferry range: 2,129 mi (1,850 nmi, 3,425 km)
    Endurance: 1 hr 30 min (combat air patrol – 115 mi (185 km) from base)
    Service ceiling: 51,200 ft (15,600 m)
    Time to climb to 40,000 ft (12,200 m): 2 min 23 s

Armament:
    1x GSh-23L 23mm machine cannon with 250 RPG under the fuselage
    5 hardpoints with a total external capacity of
    - 3.000 kg (6,600 lb) for C/STOL operations and
    - 2.000 kg (4.400 lb) in VTOL mode
    Provisions to carry combinations of various types of unguided rockets (up to 240 mm), anti-ship
    or air-to-surface Kh-23 (AS-7 Kerry) missiles (together with a Delta N guidance pod), R-60,
    R-60M (AA-8 Aphid) or R-73 (AA-11 Archer) air-to-air missiles; tactical nuclear bombs, general
    purpose bombs of up to 500 kg (1.100 lb) caliber, or incendiary ZB-500 napalm tanks or up to
    three PTB-800 drop tanks under the fuselage and the inner pair of wing pylons



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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/Ui5T3G) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/UmK4Ra) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/U7KUJw) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Yakovlev Yak-138 (NATO ASCC Code 'Flitchbeam'); "17 Red" of the Soviet Air Force Frontal Aviation's 24th Air Army, 138th Fighter Aviation Division; Mirgorod AB (Ukraine), 1989 (Whif/Kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/UmK5rZ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Messy work, but I am surprised how consistent and normal the resulting aircraft appears? From certain angles, my Yak-138 creation reminds a good deal of the stillborn Hawker P.1154 (no similarity intended, though), the SEPECAT Jaguar or rather exotic Soko J-22 Orao/IAR-93 Vultur fighter bomber. IMHO, there’s also some A-4 Skyhawk style to it, esp. in planview? Anyway, there’s still some good Yak-38 heritage recognizable, and the tactical Frontal Aviation paint scheme suits the aircraft well - looks like a serious  mud mover.  :mellow:
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: chrisonord on May 01, 2017, 01:57:04 am
That is brilliant Dizzy, I am really liking this as it looks pure Russian.  :thumbsup:
Chris
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Snowtrooper on May 01, 2017, 02:29:19 am
Now that you mention it, I cannot unsee it as the "Soviet Jaguar". Most excellent!
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Gondor on May 01, 2017, 03:20:49 am
Very nice indeed.  :thumbsup:

I think I might have widened the intakes a little, say 20 though per side, but that would have been it.

Gondor
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: zenrat on May 01, 2017, 03:30:38 am
Fab.
 :thumbsup:
When you were building it I thought you should have slotted the MiG nose in between the Harrier intakes keeping the round shape.  However, it works very well with the square intakes.
Good job.
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 01, 2017, 04:14:41 am
As always, the model is very good, as are the pics, excellent stuff, Dizzy! :bow:
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 01, 2017, 04:20:33 am
Thank you very much!  :cheers:
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: NARSES2 on May 01, 2017, 06:26:16 am
That's really nice  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 01, 2017, 10:36:32 am
 Magic stuff Thomas, one of your very best to my mind.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

And the backstory is brilliant too. I especially like the 'get out' clause right at the end.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Old Wombat on May 02, 2017, 12:14:36 am
Funky build there, Dizzy! Looks good! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: McColm on May 02, 2017, 12:34:20 am
Well done, great build. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 02, 2017, 03:19:16 am
Again, many thanks everyone, glad you like it!  :lol:
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: overscan on May 02, 2017, 03:56:55 am
Great work :)

I would suggest that the NK-32 series is rather larger in diameter (1.785m maximum) than the Pegasus however and won't fit even with afterburner removed. A more likely candidate would be a non-afterburning R-79 derivative; the VK-21 non-afterburning proposal for civil use gave 11300kg thrust, and retuned for lower life and higher thrust and with water injection etc it could probably approach NK-32 class thrust. Plus commonality with Yak-141 :)
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: su27rules on May 02, 2017, 07:26:22 am
Great!!  I love it!!
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: JasonW on May 02, 2017, 09:39:14 am
Great build, looks very believable.  :thumbsup:

I do believe there is more than enough time for you to bang out two more builds. What's next?  ;D
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: KiwiZac on May 02, 2017, 01:25:51 pm
Jaw on the floor. Fantastic job! That first photo, wow.
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 03, 2017, 12:29:36 am
Thank you. That's one of the few composing pics - the dust cloud is a CG addition to the pic; model, base and background were shot "as is", though, and the model holder edited away.  ;)
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: deathjester on May 03, 2017, 02:19:14 am
Now that is just awesome!!  Well done Sir!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Captain Canada on May 04, 2017, 02:23:58 pm
Love the colours and shape of this one !

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Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: comrade harps on May 09, 2017, 06:46:51 am
A glorious tribute to the great proletarian efforts of Soviet aviation workers  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: No. 6 DONE +++ Yak-138 (NATO code: Flitchbeam) VTOL tactical fighter
Post by: Captain Canada on May 23, 2017, 04:52:43 am
The more I look at it the more it looks like a clunky Russian Harrier copy ! Great stuff.

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